Amnesty International is urging Russian authorities to both accept and implement recommendations adopted by the UN Human Rights Council.
The council, in a working-group review of Russia's human rights record, asked Moscow to:
-- Take further measures to ensure the security of journalists and human rights defenders and to bring and perpetrators of crimes against them to justice;
-- To provide access to Ingushetia and the North Caucasus for the UN Working Group on enforced disappearances and the special rapporteurs on torture and on extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions;
-- To abolish the death penalty;
-- To create an environment to promote the right to freedom of assembly and to encourage citizens to freely express their views;
-- To take measures to ensure the rights of ethnic minorities.
“If implemented, these recommendations would ensure a thriving civil society where the freedoms of expression, assembly, and association can be freely enjoyed and where there is accountability for all acts of racism, torture, or other ill-treatment and other human rights abuses” said Amnesty's Martin Macpherson.
During the February 4 review, states also called on Russia to conduct thorough investigations into the murders in late January of human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova in Moscow.