On 21 April, the Latvian court arrested Mr. Alexander Gaponenko —
The activities of the human rights defender were aimed at preserving
Such actions contradict fundamental principles of democracy; violate the rights of national minorities, particularly the right to freedom of expression, thought and the right to impart information.
Moreover, while being interviewed Alexander Gaponenko declared, that he had been subjected to
I call on the international community to take measures to ensure the rights of Mr. Gaponenko in full conformity with international law, as well as my colleagues Ombudsmen to stand up for the
High Commissioner for Human Rights
in the Russian Federation