Russia expels EU diplomats over Navalny’s jailing
They called for the release of all arbitrarily detained demonstrators and journalists
The foreign ministers of the G7 countries – the United States, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan – and the High Representative of the European Union issued a joint statement condemning the politically motivated arrest of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
“We are also deeply concerned about the detention of thousands of peaceful demonstrators and journalists and call on Russia to abide by its national and international obligations and to release the people arbitrarily detained on 23 January for exercising the right to peaceful assembly,” the statement said. – The brutal suppression by the police of the right of people to express their opinion is unacceptable. These events confirm the ongoing negative trend towards shrinking space for the opposition, civil society, human rights defenders and independent voices in Russia. “.
The signatories expressed outrage at Navalny’s detention in connection with court rulings that the European Court of Human Rights found arbitrary and unfounded in 2017. “We, the G7 Foreign Ministers, are calling on the Russian authorities for the immediate and unconditional release of Mr. Navalny. Russia is bound by its national and international obligations to respect and ensure human rights, ”the document says..
Diplomats also reiterated their condemnation of the use of the Novichok nerve agent against Navalny in August 2020..
“We reiterate that any use of chemical weapons is unacceptable and contrary to international norms prohibiting the use of such weapons. We, the G7 Foreign Ministers, again call on the Russian authorities to investigate and reliably explain the use of chemical weapons on their territory in the light of Russia’s obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention, ”the statement says..
“The confirmed use of chemical weapons against an opposition politician, as well as the recent detention of Mr. Navalny, further undermine democracy, independent voices and political pluralism in Russia. We call on Russia to fulfill its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and to guarantee the rights set forth in it, including the right to freedom of expression, to all persons within its territory and jurisdiction, ”the document says..
“We will continue to closely monitor Russia’s response to international calls for the immediate release of Mr Navalny and all protesters and journalists who were arbitrarily detained, as well as the criminal investigation into Mr Navalny’s poisoning. We remain firmly committed to the Chemical Weapons Convention, and we continue to support democracy, the rule of law and human rights in Russia and strengthen support for Russian civil society, ”the diplomats summed up.
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