Attack on Human Rights Defender

Civil Rights Defenders is deeply concerned about the recent attack on the human rights defender Bakhrom Khamroev, staff member of the well known human rights organisation Memorial in Russia. Bakhrom Khamroev was seriously beaten by unidentified men outside his apartment in Moscow on June 6th.

– We urge the Russian authorities to fully investigate the attack on Bakhrom Khamroev and to hold the perpetrators accountable, states Marie Månson, Programme Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia at Civil Rights Defenders.

On June 6th Khamroev arrived to his apartment before travelling to Murmansk where he was to attend the release of Yusup Khasymakhunov, a citizen of Uzbekistan, who is threatened with extradition. When entering the building, three unknown men attacked Khamroev, sprayed gas on his face and beat him. After the attack Khamroev managed to reach his apartment from where he was taken to hospital.

Khamroev has for several years been engaged in protection of human rights in Central Asia and in Russia. The recent attack was not the first directed against him. In December 2010 he was beaten unconscious by Russian Security Officers during an investigation of an operation targeting migrants from Central Asia.

The attack is yet another example of the dangerous working conditions facing human rights defenders in Russia. The increasing number of Russian human rights defenders, who are the target of intimidation, harassment, beatings and murder, is of great concern. We urge the Russian authorities to ensure the safety of human rights defenders.

Categories: News.
Tags: Harassment and Violence against human rights defenders.
Regions: Russia.