Estemirova’s murder must be investigated properly

Civil Rights Defenders and several other human rights organizations call for a thorough, impartial and transparent investigation into the murder of Natalia Estemirova. July 15 is the second anniversary of her death and Russian authorities have not brought anyone to justice for the murder.

Estemirova, a researcher for the human rights organization Memorial in Chechnya, was abducted outside her home in Grozny on the morning of 15 July 2009, and shot dead in the neighboring republic of Ingushetia later that day. The circumstances of Estemirova’s death and the threats against her and others point to possible official involvement in or acquiescence to her murder.

Threats and harassment against human rights defenders in Chechnya have increased since Estemirova’s murder and the working environment remains very hostile.

Read press release: Fully Investigate Estemirova’s Murder

Categories: Statements.
Tags: Natalia Estemirova.
Regions: Russia.