In a statement released on Wednesday, independent experts appointed by the UN Human Rights Council estimated that Russian opponent Alexeï Navalny was in "serious danger".

Imprisoned and on hunger strike for three weeks, the latter was transferred to a prison hospital last Monday by the Russian authorities.

But the next day, his personal doctor assured that he had been refused access to the prison.

“We urge the Russian authorities to ensure that Mr. Navalny has access to his own doctors and allow him to be evacuated abroad for urgent medical treatment, as they did in August 2020. We reaffirm that the Russian government is responsible for the life and health of Mr. Navalny during his detention ”, write these independent experts who do not speak on behalf of the UN.

The West demands his release

According to his relatives, Alexeï Navalny, who stopped eating on March 31 to protest against his conditions of detention, is dying.

The West is demanding his release and the truth about his poisoning in August 2020 and in which the special services would be involved.

"We are deeply disturbed by the fact that Alexeï Navalny is kept in conditions which could amount to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment", underline the four experts, who are the Special Rapporteurs on freedom opinion and expression, torture, summary or arbitrary executions and the right to physical and mental health.

Deep concerns

"The apparent violations of the prohibition of torture or other ill-treatment, of his right to a lawyer and, in particular, of his right to prompt and effective medical care while in detention only increase our concerns already. deep concerning the life and the safety of Alexeï Navalny ”, they continue.

They believe that Alexeï Navalny has been the subject for several years of "a deliberate pattern of reprisals" because of his criticism of the Russian government.

"There is no valid legal basis for the arrest"

“As we have already noted, in light of the judgments and interim measures of the European Court of Human Rights, there is no valid legal basis for the arrest, trial and imprisonment of Mr. . Navalny in Pokrov ”, they assure.

The four experts say they have expressed their concerns to the Russian government, in particular through two official letters sent in August and December 2020, in which they expressed their concerns about the Novichok poisoning of Alexei Navalny.


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