Week-ending 28 March 2020
Continued harassment of environmental rights organisation Ecodefense!
On 13 March 2020, human rights defender and co-chair of Ecodefense! Vladimir Slivyak was detained during a protest against coal mining in Novokuznetsk and held at a police station for half an hour. On the same day, police stopped a bus with participants of a press tour on coal mining organised by Ecodefense! and held it up for an hour near Novokuznetsk without providing any explanation. This is not the first time Ecodefense! has been targeted for its peaceful human rights activities. Frontline Defenders, 16 March 2020