UN human rights experts: Navalny’s life “in serious danger”

Experts called for allowing medical evacuation of the opposition leader abroad.

UN human rights experts on Wednesday called on Russia to allow the medical evacuation abroad of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, saying his life was in “serious danger.”

The experts said in a statement that Navalny is being held in harsh conditions in a high-security penal colony and “denied access to proper medical care,” which could amount to torture.

“We urge the Russian authorities to provide Mr. Navalny with access to doctors of his own choice and allow him to be taken abroad for emergency treatment, as was done in August 2020,” the experts said.

“In accordance with international human rights law, when a person is detained, regardless of the reason for the detention, the state bears full responsibility for his life and physical integrity,” the experts recalled, calling on the Government of the Russian Federation to take all necessary measures to protect Navalny’s physical and mental health and well – being.

The statement was signed by the Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion, Irene Hahn, the Special Rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, Morris Tidbol-Binz, and the Special Rapporteur on the right to physical and mental health, Tlaleng Mofokeng.

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Author: Steve Cowan
Graduated From Princeton University. He has been at the Free Press since October 2014. Previously worked as a regional entertainment editor.
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