Statement by the Spokesperson on the 10th anniversary to commemorate the murdered human rights defender and journalist Natalia Estemirova
In memory of Natalia Estemirova, prominent human rights defender in Chechnya for Memorial Human Rights Centre and independent journalist, who was found murdered in Ingushetia on 15 July 2009, today we pay tribute to a woman who had the courage to say what others may not have dared, and to stand up to injustice.
Natalia Estemirova was a staunch defender of human rights, a champion of words, and a patron of truth. She continues to be an inspiration to human rights defenders and journalists. Attacks on these two groups of people pose a particular threat to democracy, the respect for human rights and the rule of law.