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Russia found in violation of international law for imprisoning Wall Street Journal reporter, UN experts report – WWLP

UN Experts Call for Immediate Release of Wall Street Journal Reporter Evan Gershkovich

The United Nations human rights experts have spoken out against Russia’s imprisonment of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, declaring it a violation of international law. The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, an independent body, has called for Gershkovich’s immediate release, stating that there was no factual or legal basis for the spying charges against him.

Gershkovich, a 32-year-old American journalist, was arrested in Yekaterinburg, Russia, in March 2023 on espionage charges that he, his employer, and the U.S. government all deny. Despite the lack of evidence, he went on trial behind closed doors on Wednesday, facing up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

The U.N. working group emphasized that Gershkovich’s nationality played a role in his detention, leading to discriminatory treatment. They urged Russia to provide him with proper reparations for the time he spent in arbitrary detention.

The publisher of the Wall Street Journal, Almar Latour, praised the U.N.’s findings and called for Gershkovich’s immediate release. He condemned Russia’s actions as a violation of international law and a flagrant disregard for human rights.

The State Department has also declared Gershkovich as “wrongfully detained,” pledging to pursue all avenues to secure his release. Russia has hinted at the possibility of a prisoner swap but insists on waiting for a verdict before any such agreement can be reached.

As the case unfolds, the international community is watching closely, with calls for justice and the protection of press freedom echoing across the globe. Stay tuned for more updates on this developing story.

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