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Russian Federation: illegal invasion of Ukraine is no excuse for clampdown on peaceful protest at home

The Russian authorities’ suppression of peaceful protests and criticism of its invasion of Ukraine must end, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said today, as the number of reported arrests of the anti-war protests in the Russian Federation reaches more than six thousand eight hundred people. The arrests come amidst widespread international condemnation of the […]

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Ukraine: International law must be respected

As the Russian Federation launches a military invasion of Ukraine, its forces and those of other parties to the conflict must respect international law and protect civilian lives, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) urged today. “The priority of all parties must now be to protect the lives, safety and needs of those affected by […]

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Russian Federation: Chechen police officers who assaulted lawyer Natalya Dobronravova must be held to account

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) condemns the physical assault by Chechen police officers in Nizhniy Novgorod of lawyer Natalya Dobronravova whose work included the representation of retired Supreme Court Judge of the Chechen Republic Saydi Yangulbaev, and his wife Zarema Musaeva. The ICJ called on the authorities of the Russian Federation to conduct a […]

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Belarus: ICJ deplores the continuing reprisals against independent lawyers

Reprisals against independent lawyers in Belarus must end, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said today. The ICJ calls on the Bar Association of Belarus, the Bar Association of Minsk, and the Ministry of Justice to cease the practice of the use of “re-certification” procedures, disciplinary proceedings, and disbarments as an effective means of reprisals […]

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