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В Кабардино-Балкарии введен режим контртеррористической операции

Posted by Info on 30/06/2009

Режим контртеррористической операции введен с 30 июня на территории Эльбрусского района Кабардино-Балкарии.

По сообщению правоохранительных органов, с июня 2007 года по настоящее время в районе отмечено “32 проявления террористического характера – подрывы самодельных устройств, обстрелы, большая часть которых была направлена против сотрудников правоохранительных органов”.

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Киргизия обвиняет россиянина в терроризме

Posted by Info on 30/06/2009

В Бишкеке по подозрению в пособничестве террористам задержан россиянин.

По информации ГКНБ, россиянин, являющийся уроженцем Киргизии, был пособником террористов, уничтоженных на днях на юге республики. Киргизские силовики установили, что он прошел обучение в террористических центрах в Пакистане и прибыл в страну для подготовки легализации других членов международных террористических организаций.

Ликвидация террористов

В конце июня на юге Киргизии были проведены две спецоперации против боевиков Группы исламского джихада и Исламского движения Узбекистана. В ходе них были уничтожены девять террористов.

23 июня пятеро вооруженных боевиков были уничтожены в городе Джалал-Абад. Спецслужбы позднее объявили, что ликвидация террористов стала «завершающей стадией» длительного расследования деятельности организации «Исламское движение Узбекистана».

В ночь на 28 июня в селе Кош-Коргон Узгенского района Ошской области киргизское спецподразделение «Альфа» провело новую операцию. Был окружен брошенный дом, в котором засели вооруженные пистолетами, автоматами и гранатами боевики. В результате штурма убиты трое боевиков.

А сутки спустя в том же селе был убит еще один вооруженный боевик.

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OSCE Observers Leave Georgia // UN observers also scheduled to begin withdrawing from Abkhazia, ending a 16-year mission

Posted by Info on 30/06/2009

TBILISI, Georgia –– Western observers pulled out of Georgia Tuesday after Russia blocked an extension of the mission to observe the cease-fire that ended last year’s war.

The pullout of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe mission comes as fears of a new war between Georgia and Russia grow.

OSCE spokeswoman Martha Freeman said the organization’s 20 observers packed up their post in the village of Karaleti, near the region of South Ossetia, on Tuesday.

The withdrawal follows Russia’s refusal last year to agree to extend the mission’s mandate because other OSCE members refused to recognize South Ossetia and another region, Abkhazia, as independent nations. Russia and Nicaragua are the only nations to recognize the two regions as independent.

Meanwhile, United Nations observers were also scheduled to begin withdrawing from Abkhazia Tuesday, ending a 16-year mission there. That follows Russia’s recent veto of a UN Security Council resolution that would have extended that mission.

The withdrawals leave only European Union observers remaining in Georgia, though they have been blocked from traveling to South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

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Russian exercises anger Georgia

Posted by Info on 30/06/2009

Russian forces have begun their biggest military exercise in the Caucasus since the war with Georgia last year.

More than 8,000 troops are taking part in the manoeuvres near the Georgian border, which Georgia has called “a pure provocation from Russia”.

Last month Nato angered Russia by staging exercises in Georgia itself.

Although Nato and Russia have just agreed to resume military ties, analysts say the latest exercises are a clear warning from Moscow to the West.

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People frightened

Tensions in the region are still high: Russia maintains heavy military presences in Georgia’s two breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and has recognised them as independent.

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KAZAKHSTAN: RIGHTS GROUP URGING IMPROVEMENTS, AS OSCE CHAIR LOOMS

Posted by Info on 30/06/2009

Kazakhstan will become the first ex-Soviet state to assume the chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in 2010.

Astana had considered it symbolically important that Kazakhstan be the first of the former Soviet republics to lead the 56-country organization. The Kazakh government has for years told its people that holding the OSCE chairmanship would show that the international community was taking notice of Kazakhstan’s growing importance in the world community.

When Kazakhstan was named 2010 chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Astana pledged to undertake wide-ranging political reforms. But now, just over six months before Kazakhstan takes over the OSCE’s helm, US lawmakers and diplomats are voicing concern that Astana is not serious about fulfilling its commitments.

“More than 60 defamation lawsuits targeted six independent news outlets and their reporters last year.”

“The question facing the Kazakhstani government today is what kind of human rights leader it is going to be,” said Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch (HRW), a New York-based international rights group. “Is it going to lead by example, or is it going to be a leader plagued by hypocrisy?”

Roth made those comments in early June during a visit to Kazakhstan. With less than seven months to go before Astana assumes the helm of the OSCE, Roth urged Kazakhstani officials to make “modest, do-able steps” to improve the country’s rights image. The areas most in need of improvements, according to Roth, included religious, political and media freedoms and freedom of association.

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Russian Journalist Dies After Brutal Attack

Posted by Info on 29/06/2009

June 29th, 2009 Rostov-on-Don, Russia. –  An independent Russian journalist, Vyacheslav Yaroshenko, has died from his wounds after he was viciously attacked in late April, Radio Svoboda reports.  Yaroshenko, the editor-in-chief of the “Corruption and Crime” (Koruptsiya i Kriminal) newspaper, had written articles investigating corruption in local authorities.

Sergey Sleptsov, on of Yaroshenko’s colleagues, earlier said that he had no doubts that the attack was connected with the journalist’s work.

Local police have refused to file a report on the attack or launch a criminal investigation.  According to Sleptsov, officers insist that Yaroshenko’s localized injuries resulted from a fall from a ladder.

The Russian Union of Journalists has pledged to launch an independent investigation.

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According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, Russia remains at the top of the list for countries where crimes against journalists remain unpunished.  Russia ranks 9th place in the watchdog group’s “Impunity Index,” behind countries like Iraq, Sierra Leone and Somalia.

In the first months of 2009, Russia has seen a series of vicious attacks against members of the press.  The victims include Saratov journalist Vadim Rogozhin, editor Maxim Zolotarev, and Khimki layout designer Sergey Protazanov, who died from his wounds.

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Chechen Students Deported from Egypt Face Torture

Posted by Info on 29/06/2009

Four Chechens who are being deported from Egypt were students at Cairo’s al-Azhar University and, according to Amnesty International, all claimed refugee status in Azerbaijan before moving to Egypt to study but have not been allowed to fly to Azerbaijan. The human rights group says about 35 Russian students, most of them from Chechnya, Ingushetia and Dagestan, were arrested in May during a wave of detentions of foreign students at al-Azhar last month (18 June 2009).

According to AFP, the students were rounded up for suspected links to an alleged al-Qaeda cell responsible for a February 22 bombing in Cairo’s tourist district which killed a French teenager. Amnesty International reported four students who were arrested in the sweep were deported to Russia on June 9, where Russian and Chechen security forces handcuffed them and took them away on arrival. According to Amnesty, one of the four has since disappeared and is believed to have been moved to Chechnya (Agence France-Presse, June 18).

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Armenian Political Prisoners Released

Posted by Info on 29/06/2009

Armenian authorities have begun releasing dozens of political prisoners more than 15 months after suppressing massive opposition demonstrations against the official results of a disputed presidential election.They have ensured, however, that not all jailed supporters of the top opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian are set free under a general amnesty declared on June 19.

President Serzh Sarksyan’s intention to keep more than a dozen of them behind bars is a measure of his self-confidence, resulting from opposition setbacks and Western support for his foreign policy.

Few doubt that the measure is primarily a face-saving way of freeing more than 50 opposition members and supporters arrested in the wake of the troubled vote. The vast majority of them were jailed in connection with the March 1, 2008 clashes in Yerevan between the security forces and opposition protesters that left ten people dead and more than 200 others injured. Many received prison sentences solely on the basis of police testimony.

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Shanghai Cooperation Organization leaders conclude annual summit, sign Joint communique (Yekaterinburg – June 16, 2009)

Posted by Info on 29/06/2009

June 16. Kazakhstan Today – The session of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization is taking place in expanded structure in Yekaterinburg, the agency reports citing television channel Vesti.

“The Presidents of six states will sign SCO Convention Against Terrorism – the document forming the normative-legal base of the organization, taking into account the requirements of the present time and changing specific character of the new challenges and threats,” he informed.

Upon completion of the summit in Ekaterinburg, SCO presidency will be exercised by Uzbekistan.

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Shanghai convention on cooperation and prevention of terrorism, separatism and extremism in 2010-2012

Posted by Info on 29/06/2009

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)

the Council of the SCO regional anti-terrorist agency has approved a program of cooperation to counter terrorism in 2010-2012 and a draft convention on the fight against terrorism.

“During the session, we approved a program of cooperation between the SCO’s member-countries to combat terrorism, extremism and separatism for 2010-2012. We also debated and approved a draft convention on the fight against terrorism,” Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) First Deputy Director Sergei Smirnov told journalists in Tashkent on Friday.Smirnov said that once domestic procedures are completed the draft convention on combating terrorism will be sent to heads of the SCO member countries to be considered at their regular meeting.

The 14th session of the SCO regional anti-terrorist agency involved representatives of Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

The SCO regional anti-terrorist agency has compiled a list of more than 900 persons wanted by the authorities for terrorist and extremist crimes, Gulyamov said.

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Узбекистан: журналистом быть опасно, но оставаться в тени трудно

Posted by Info on 29/06/2009

В Узбекистане накануне отметили день журналиста. Узбекистан который год находится в списке самых опасных стран для деятельности репортеров. Власти приняли все необходимые меры для того, чтобы снизить до минимума саму возможность для журналистской работы. Однако находились люди, кто осмеливался писать, говорить, показывать, вызывая раздражение властей. В ответ проводились и проводятся аресты независимых репортеров. Набор обвинений стандартен, чтобы понять, что, как правило, это просто попытка закрыть журналистами рот.

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Medvedev Introduces Legislation to Relax Restrictions on Civic Organizations and NGO’s

Posted by Info on 29/06/2009

MOSCOW, Russia18 June 2009 -Russian President Dmitry Medvedev introduced legislation this week aimed at relaxing restrictions on civic organizations and non-governmental organizations operating in Russia. The legislation likely comes as part of an effort on behalf of the Kremlin to overhaul its international image as the first anniversary of Russia’s war with Georgia draws near.

Human rights organizations have cautiously welcomed the reforms, having long criticized the government for blocking civic development. They caution that the changes, if passed by the Duma, are only the first step in loosening the restrictions imposed on civic organizations and NGO’s.

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Most prominent lawyers in Uzbekistan to lose their licenses for unprofessional performance

Posted by Info on 28/06/2009

Prominent Tashkent-based lawyers Rukhiddin Kamilov and Rustam Tulyaganov that several times protected independent journalists, human rights activists, opposition members, religious leaders and sufferers of illegal actions, performed by police and special services, will lose their licenses under the reason that they failed to pass “merit rating”, conducted by the authorities. They both are experienced lawyers with multi-year experience. They have been put to the black list of ruling elite long ago since they were brave enough to show the customized nature of many criminal cases.

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Uzbekistan: How to get rid of unwanted journalist?

Posted by Info on 28/06/2009

The case of prominent Uzbek journalist and human rights activist Dilmurod Sayid, arrested at the end of February 2009 on suspicion of blackmailing, finally came to conclusion.

On May 18, the Samarqand Oblast court starts the trial that have been retained in the detention center of Kattakurgana (the Samarqand Oblast) for three months.

Until 2005 Dilmurod Sayid worked as correspondent in the number of private and state newspapers of Uzbekistan – Darakchi, Selskaya Zhizn, Advocat-press. In 2005 Advocat-press newspaper published his article, named “The unreal story” where he criticized the situation in the country. That particular circulation of newspaper was urgently eliminated while the journalist was fired. After that incident Dilmurod started publishing articles in the Internet and cooperating with human rights organizations.

In 2007-2008 Dilmurod Sayid was the member of “Torture prevention fast deployment group” human rights organization. Today, he is the activist of Tashkent Oblast branch of Ezgulik (Mercy) human rights society. He is cooperating with Voice of Freedom human rights web-portal that published the number of his articles.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalist called for the release of the journalist as soon as he was detained in February, saying that charges were trumped up.

The committee said that Uzbekistan is now the biggest jailer of independent journalists in Europe and Central Asia with eight journalists languishing in its prisons.

It is worth mentioning that, today, there are only about 20 independent and western journalists in Uzbekistan. The government annually sends one or two persons from this list to jail and put best efforts to get rid of others, forcing them to leave the country. Both investigation process and upcoming trial can be viewed as the cleanup of information space in Uzbekistan from unwanted components.

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Kazakhstan to Tighten Internet Control

Posted by Info on 27/06/2009

ALMATY, Kazakhstan Kazakhstan’s parliament has approved a law tightening government control of the internet.

The new bill will subject chat rooms, blogs, and other social networking sites to potential criminal prosecution.

Media activists in Kazakhstan have been opposing the law and say it will vastly limit freedom of speech, and is designed to allow arbitrary crackdowns on anyone opposing Nursultan Kazarbayev, Kazakhstan’s president.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Europe’s main human rights and security agency, has criticized the bill. Miklos Harszti, a representative on media freedom, said the law “limits the freedom of the internet and media freedom in general. Its adoption would be a step backwards in the democratization of Kazakhstan’s media governance.”

JOURNALISTS APPEAL TO NAZARBAYEV TO LIBERALIZE MEDIA RULES

Proponents of the bill say the amendments are needed to protect people’s rights and establish provisions to fight the propagation of terrorism, extremism, and pornography.

Opponents say the changes are overly restrictive. For example, the draft legislation effectively classifies blogs, forums, and chat rooms in the Kazakhstan domain as media outlets, thereby subjecting them to strict oversight and making Internet users answerable for comments posted online.


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