UN human rights consultants known as on Russia on Wednesday to enable jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny to be medically evacuated and treated abroad, saying they believed his life used to be in threat.
Navalny has been saved in harsh circumstances in a high-security penal colony and “denied get entry to to ample medical institution treatment”, circumstances that will amount to torture, they stated in a commentary.
“We speed the Russian authorities to be distinct Mr. Navalny has get entry to to his contain doctors and to enable him to be evacuated for urgent medical medication abroad, as they did in August 2020,” stated the UN consultants.
The Kremlin critic, 44, began a hunger strike three weeks in the past. He is serving a 2-1/2-year sentence on aged embezzlement charges that he says gain been trumped up.
Navalny returned to Russia in January after medication in Germany for what German authorities narrate used to be poisoning in Russia with a banned nerve agent. The Kremlin denies any blame.
The UN consultants voiced apprehension at his deteriorating health, saying: “We believe Mr. Navalny’s life is in vital hazard.”
“We’re deeply unnerved that Mr. Navalny is being saved in circumstances that can presumably perchance amount to torture or merciless, inhuman or degrading medication or punishment in a facility that reportedly does not meet international requirements,” they added.
They stated that Navalny’s most modern imprisonment and previous attacks on him, including with Novichok, are “all piece of a deliberate pattern of retaliation against him for his criticism of the Russian govt and a inferior violation of his human rights”.