EU leadership for a Special Rapporteur on Russia at the UN Human Rights Council

On 12 July 2022, Amnesty International, along with eight other international human rights NGOs sent a letter to the High Representative of the European Union and the 27 EU Foreign Ministers, calling on the European Union to initiate, table and foster broad support for a resolution to create a mandate of UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Russia at the next session of the UN Human Rights Council.

This echoes previous calls made by Russia’s civil society and reputable human rights defenders. At a time when Russia deliberately rejects its regional and international human rights commitments, it is all the more critical to secure avenues for continued scrutiny of the human rights situation in Russia and provide as much protection as possible to Russians facing the consequence of the massive human rights crackdown at home.