United Nations Experts Claim Russia Violated International Law

(AmericanProsperity.com) – According to the United Nations, experts have said that Russia violated international law by imprisoning Evan Gershkovich. Gershkovich is a Wall Street Journal reporter who is being imprisoned by Russia on the accusation that he was spying, but the U.N. says that the imprisonment was discriminatory and that they need to release him “immediately.”

The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention is made up of the United Nations’ top human rights body. They have continually said that Russia has put forth a “striking lack of any factual or legal substantiation” to charge Gershkovich with spying.

The group said that Gershkovich’s United States nationality has been a factor in his detention and that his case has been discriminatory from the beginning. The working group’s chair, Matthew Gillett, said, “The covenant is something that Russia has freely signed up to and accepted the obligations under, and therefore as a matter of international law, it is obliged to implement the provisions of the covenant.”

Gillett also said that Russia gave Gershkovich “proper reparations” because they had held him for over one year without any actual conviction or on any legitimate basis. He went on trial recently, but the U.N. said that because his conviction is arbitrary no trial should take place at all.

“Taking into account all the circumstances of the case, the appropriate remedy would be to release Mr. Gershkovich immediately and accord him an enforceable right to compensation and other reparations, in accordance with international law,” said the United Nations group.

Publisher of the Wall Street Journal, Almar Latour, spoke out against the conviction as well. Said Latour, “As the UN working group recognizes, Russia is violating international law by imprisoning Evan for his journalism, silencing critical reporting, and depriving him of due process and other rights.” He continued to say that the United States and world leaders should “do everything they can to bring Evan home now.”

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