Publication of an Analytical Note “Kadyrov vs. Orlov: The defence of human rights on trial”

Today, February 28, 2012, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), publishes a note entitled “Kadyrov vs. Orlov: The defence of human rights on trial”.

The note analyses the impact on the Russian civil society and on the Human Rights Centre “Memorial” of judicial harassment faced the Chairman of the Board of the Centre Oleg Orlov.

The Observatory calls on the authorities to fully recognise the legitimate role played by human rights organisations and to provide effective protection to human rights defenders instead of abusing the judicial system for their harassment.

Legal harassment is less spectacular than physical attacks, but it nonetheless participates in instilling fear and strengthening the system of impunity, FIDH President Souhayr Belhassen said today at the presentation. I personally attended the first hearing of this judicial saga on September 25, 2009, and I could feel an extraordinary tension in the courtroom, the kind of tension human rights defenders feel everyday in the Russian Federation”.

The report is available in English, French and Russian on the following web links:

English

French

Russian

The report will be soon published at Memorial’s web-site.

Information about civil and criminal cases "Kadyrov v. Orlov" see at Memorial's web-site (in English).

For more information please contact:

In FIDH: Karine Appy, Arthur Manet: + 33 1 43 55 25 18 (English, French, Spanish),

Sasha Kulaeva: +33 6 48 05 94 80 (English, French, Russian).

In OMCT: Delphine Reculeau: + 41 22 809 49 39 (English, French).

February, 28, 2012