Regarding criminal prosecution of Nadezhda Nizovkina and Tatiana Stetsura

The participants of the conference “Human Rights: Between Law and Morals” and partner organisations of the project “Electronic Human Rights Education for Lawyers”, issued a letter of concern today regarding the criminal prosecution of lawyer and journalist Nadezhda Nizovkina and lawyer Tatiana Stetsura. Ms. Nizovkina and Ms. Tatiana Stetsura had been held defendants in a criminal case for inciting hatred against the Russian bodies.

We have reasons to believe that the charges against Ms. Nizovkina and Ms. Stetsura are directly related to the performance of their professional duties. We, therefore, call upon the Chairman of People´s Hural of the Repubic of Buryatia to ensure an objective investigation into the charges brought against Nadezhda Nizovkina and Tatiana Stetsura, in order to prevent them from being prosecuted in connection with their professional activities and in violation of their right to the freedom of speech.

Read the full statement, available in English and Russian, right.

Tatiana Stetsura (left) and Nadezhda Nizovkina (right). February 2010.

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