Arson Attack on Human Rights Group in Chechnya

Press Statement
Jen Psaki
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 15, 2014


We are extremely concerned by reports of arson at the Grozny offices of the Joint Mobile Group and the threats directed against human rights defenders, including Igor Kalyapin, head of the Russian NGO Committee Against Torture.

We urge the authorities to investigate this incident and the threats against these individuals and ensure the safety of all human rights defenders in Chechnya and across Russia.