Russia signals closure of UN rights office in Moscow

22:20, 11 March 2016

The United Nations human rights chief said on Thursday that the Russian government had indicated it would close his Moscow office, and he decried what he called the shrinking space for dissent, Reuters reports.


"I am concerned about signals received from the government regarding its intention to close our presence in Moscow," Zeid said in his address to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, according to Reuters.

Read also"Russia must adhere to its human rights commitments": Germany calls for Savchenko releaseMore cooperation with his office, rather than less, was needed "on the subject of the shrinking space for human rights defenders and non-governmental organisations", said Zeid.

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