Russia: Amnesty International Says Bomb Attack in Moscow Airport Shows Flagrant Disregard for Human Life

Press Release
January 24, 2011

Russia: Amnesty International Says Bomb Attack in Moscow Airport Shows Flagrant Disregard for Human Life

Amnesty International Press Release
For Immediate Release
Monday, January 24, 2011

Amnesty International Says Bomb Attack in Moscow Airport
Shows Flagrant Disregard for Human Life

Contact: AIUSA media relations office, 202-509-8194

(Washington, D.C.) Amnesty International condemns the bomb attack at the Moscow airport Domodevodo which exploded at around 4:30 p.m. in the arrivals lounge and has resulted in numerous victims. Currently, reports suggest that as many as 31 persons been killed and 130 injured.

The organization extends its condolences to the victims and their families.

Amnesty International considers that this attack reveals a blatant disregard for human life and is a flagrant violation of a fundamental right. It cannot be justified or excused.

The organization calls on the Russian authorities to carry out a thorough and impartial investigation and bring to justice those responsible for the atrocity in line with international human rights standards.

The last major bomb attack against civilians took place in Moscow in March 2010, when two suicide bombers blew themselves on the same day at two metro stations, resulting in 40 people dead and over 100 injured.

Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with more than 2.8 million supporters, activists and volunteers in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.

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