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Kyrgyz Republic: lawyer Nurbek Toktakunov’s arrest and detention for expressing his views on justice issues must not stand

Today, the ICJ condemned the arrest and five-day detention of Nurbek Toktakunov, a prominent Kyrgyzstan lawyer, for the administrative offence of “hooliganism”. The detention appears to have been based solely on his exercise of his right to freedom of expression, in particular on comments he made criticizing the justice system of Kyrgyzstan and is therefore […]

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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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