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Experts from the United Nations state that Russia has breached international law by detaining a reporter from the Wall Street Journal

News: U.N. Experts Urge Russia to Release Wall Street Journal Reporter Evan Gershkovich

The United Nations’ Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has condemned Russia for imprisoning Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, calling for his immediate release. Gershkovich, who was arrested on espionage charges in Yekaterinburg, Russia, is facing a closed-door trial that the U.N. experts deemed discriminatory and lacking factual or legal substantiation. The group, composed of independent human rights experts, argued that Gershkovich’s detention was arbitrary and in violation of international law.

The U.N. panel’s findings were based on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, a treaty that Russia has ratified and is obligated to uphold. The group urged Russia to provide “proper reparations” to Gershkovich for his unjust over year-long detention. The Wall Street Journal’s publisher, Almar Latour, applauded the U.N.’s stance and called for global leaders to intervene and secure Gershkovich’s release.

Gershkovich, a U.S. national, is the first Western journalist to be arrested on espionage charges in post-Soviet Russia. The State Department has labeled his detention as wrongful and is actively working towards his release. Russia has hinted at a potential prisoner swap but insists on a verdict first, leaving Gershkovich’s fate uncertain as he faces the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence. Stay tuned for updates on this ongoing human rights issue.

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