Q : The offices of the NGO Memorial, in Ingushetia, were burned down yesterday. Are you concerned about the situation of this NGO in the Russian republics of the North Caucasus?
A : France condemns the fire at the offices of the human rights organization Memorial on January 17 in Nazran, Ingushetia; there are several indications that it was caused by criminal acts.
This occurred a few days after the arrest and jailing of Oyub Titiev, head of the NGO, in Chechnya.
We express our concern over the pressure and intimidation faced by civil society in Russia, especially in the North Caucasus. We call on the Russian authorities to implement the necessary measures, in keeping with their international commitments, to guarantee the security and integrity of human rights advocates.