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Archive for July 7th, 2009

Violence against dissidents can blow Dagestan up by 2010

Posted by Info on 07/07/2009

The situation in Dagestan will improve only if violence against dissidents is stopped. This was stated by Dagestanian political scientist Gadzhimurad Kamalov in his interview to the “Caucasian Knot” correspondent.

“Should application of illegal violence to banal nonconformity continue under the new interior minister, a crisis and outbreak of terrorist activity are near at hand – literally before the end of 2010, the complex destabilization will become irreversible,” Mr Kamalov has stated.

In his opinion, destabilization in the republic is a consequence of the “super-high concentration of power in hands of former Interior Minister of Dagestan” Adilgerei Magomedtagirov, who was killed on June 5.

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Human Rights Watch”: Расплата за детей. Поджоги домов в Чечне как средство коллективного наказания

Posted by Info on 07/07/2009

В докладе “Human Rights Watch” документирована устойчивая карательная практика республиканских силовых структур в отношении семей предполагаемых боевиков.

Основу доклада составили материалы полевых исследований, проводившихся в сотрудничестве с российским правозащитным центром “Мемориал” в марте – апреле 2009 г. в ходе двух выездов в Чечню. За это время сотрудник “Human Rights Watch” осмотрел и сфотографировал места, где происходили поджоги домов, и опросил 37 свидетелей, включая хозяев и соседей.

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Ingushetia Under Siege

Posted by Info on 07/07/2009

byTanya Lokshina, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Moscow office
July 1, 2009
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Ingushetia is a tiny republic in Russia’s North Caucasus. It was once peaceful, particularly compared with Chechnya.
But Ingushetia has become Russia’s hot spot over the past few years. When did things change?
A range of problems that had previously been localized “across the border” in Chechnya slowly started seeping into Ingushetia. In 2002, abduction-style detentions began; at first, the abductions affected only people displaced from Chechnya. Later, however, abductions, torture and disappearances began to affect the Ingush population as well.
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Rule without law: Human rights violations in the North Caucasus

Posted by Info on 07/07/2009

Amnesty International report – June 2009

Normalization in Chechnya, as in the North Caucasus as a whole, is not possible without
a complete end to human rights violations and full accountability for the grievous human
rights violations that have taken place.

There has been an almost total failure of political will to uphold the rule of law and
address impunity for present and past abuses of human rights in the region.

On 16 April 2009 the Russian authorities declared an end to the counter-terrorism
operation in Chechnya.1 Yet serious human rights violations continue to be committed in
a climate of impunity in Chechnya and other parts of the North Caucasus, in particular in
Ingushetia, Dagestan and Kabardino-Balkaria. The civilian population continues to live in
an atmosphere of lawlessness that engenders fear and insecurity. Armed opposition
groups in the region continue to mount attacks. Law enforcement officials conduct
counter-terrorism measures which, in many instances, entail serious human rights
violations.

“What Your Children Do Will Touch Upon You” Punitive House-Burning in Chechnya

54-page report documents a distinct pattern of house burnings by security forces to punish families for the alleged actions of their relatives.

In 2008, high-level Chechen officials, including President Ramzan Kadyrov, made public statements stating that the families of insurgents should expect to be punished unless they convinced their relatives to surrender. Insurgents have also been using a variety of violent tactics, including house-burning, against members and supporters of the pro-Moscow Chechen authorities.

Human Rights Watch is aware of 25 cases of punitive house burning that can be attributed to Chechen law enforcement personnel between June 2008 and March 2009 in seven districts of Chechnya.

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Рядовому Артемьеву присвоили статус соискателя политического убежища

Posted by Info on 07/07/2009

06.07.2009

Рядовому российской армии Дмитрию Артемьеву, сбежавшему в ночь на 2 июля из военной части в Южной Осетии в Грузию, в Тбилиси присвоен статус “соискателя убежища”, сообщил заместитель министра иностранных дел Грузии Александр Налбандов.

“Артемьеву присвоен статус соискателя убежища, а не беженца. В течений трех-четырех месяцев министерство по делам беженцев и расселению должно принять окончательное решение в связи с присвоением указанного статуса”, – приводит слова Налбандова агентство “Новости-Грузия“.

Налбандов подчеркнул, что Грузия соблюдает все международные правила, принятые в таких случаях. По его словам, уже состоялась встреча Артемьева с представителями посольства Швейцарии, которое представляет интересы России в Грузии.

“Все, что необходимо, чтобы права этого солдата были защищены адекватно, со стороны Грузии и международных организаций, уже сделано”, – подчеркнул Налбандов.

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