With Russian opposition forces planning a protest on Saturday several human rights groups have urged the Russian government to show restraint over its mass arrests.
The Council of Europe’s Human Rights Commissioner, Thomas Hammarberg told euronews that Moscow is breaking the Europe’s Convention
“Freedom of assembly is crucial and it’s crucial after the elections as well and protected by the European Convention for Human Rights. What happens when people are arrested and sentenced to detention just because they took part in demonstrations is against the European Convention,” said Hammarberg.
According to Amnesty International more than a thousand people were arrested during protests over the election. Around 100 are still in custody.
John Dalhuisen from Amnesty International said:
“The authorities are caught between needing to give some oxygen to this protest movement and having rights that need to be respected and the desire to show that they are still fundamentally the authorities in control and nothing is for changing.”
Our London Correspondent Ali Sheikholeslami commented:
“Ahead of demonstrations planned for Saturday, Russian government has been urged to show restraint, allow people their right to peaceful protest and to stop the police from mistreating peaceful protesters.”