OSCE countries to review human rights situation in Russia

WASHINGTON, July 28 (Reuters) – The United States and 37 other countries are setting up an expert mission to examine the human rights situation in Russia, a spokesman for the Department of State said on Thursday. US State Ned Price.

The review, triggered by invocation of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s “Moscow Mechanism”, is a response to Russia’s recent actions to restrict freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, and to reports of torture of people detained in Russia, Price said in a statement.

The expert mission will release its report to the public in September, he said.

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The OSCE is a 57-nation organization that includes former Cold War enemies the United States and Russia, as well as various countries in Europe, Central Asia and North America.

This is the third time the Moscow Mechanism has been invoked since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.

In April, an OSCE mission said it had found evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by Russia in Ukraine. The Russian mission to the OSCE called the report “baseless propaganda”. Read more

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Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Sandra Maler

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