US expresses dismay as Russia arrests peaceful protesters
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Last Updated: Friday, January 01, 2010, 10:10
Washington: The US on Friday expressed dismay on the reports that the Russian Government has prevented its citizens from their exercising their right of peaceful assembly.

"The United States expresses dismay at reports that authorities in Moscow prevented Russian citizens from exercising their right to assemble peacefully," the National Security Council Spokesman, Mike Hammer, said in a statement.

"In particular, the United States notes with concern the detention of protesters, including prominent human rights defender Lyudmila Alekseyeva, and reports of their mistreatment by authorities while in custody," Hammer said.

"Freedom of speech and assembly are universal rights that all governments should recognise and defend. The United States stands with those dedicated to promoting these human rights," the statement said.


First Published: Friday, January 01, 2010, 10:10

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