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Убита Наталья Эстемирова

Posted by Info on 15/07/2009

Сотрудник правозащитного центра “Мемориал” и журналист “Новой газеты” Наталья Эстемирова найдена убитой. Сегодня утром она была похищена в Грозном.

Тело Эстемировой было обнаружено около 17:30  в лесополосе возле селения Гази-Юрт Назрановского района Ингушетии, сообщили корреспонденту Радио Свобода в МВД республики. На теле имеется пулевое ранение в голову. На месте работает группа криминалистов. Наталья Эстемирова пропала в Грозном в среду утром. О ее местонахождении ничего не было известно более девяти часов.

Сотрудница правозащитной организации “Хьюман Райтс Вотч” Татьяна Локшина рассказывает о работе Натальи Эстемировой:

– Буквально только что я сама вернулась из Чечни, где мы с Наташей вместе работали по таким делам, как публичная демонстративная казнь, как поджоги домов. Она была одним из основных людей, которые во время второй чеченской войны документировали страшнейшие преступления – пытки, внесудебные казни, исчезновения людей. На сегодняшний день Наташа оставалась одним из тех, очень немногих, кто продолжал работать в Чечне и говорить о преступлениях, которые совершают силовые структуры, подконтрольные президенту Чечни Рамзану Кадырову. Именно от Наташи получали первичную информацию международные организации.

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Human Rights Watch в Чечне

Posted by Info on 15/07/2009

Международная правозащитная организация Human Rights Watch зафиксировала в Чечне два новых случая, когда местные правоохранители поджигали дома семей подозреваемых в связях с боевиками, а также внесудебную публичную казнь человека, подозреваемого в снабжении сепаратистов продовольствием.

Как сообщал “Кавказский узел“, около двух недель назад, 2 июля, Human Rights Watch провела пресс-конференцию в Москве, посвященную выпуску доклада “Расплата за детей. Поджоги домов в Чечне как форма коллективного наказания”. Авторы доклада констатировали, что в Чечне продолжаются нарушения прав человека, несмотря на официальное окончание контртеррористической операции.

Российские федеральные и чеченские местные власти должны немедленно прекратить карательные сожжения домов и другие нарушения прав человека в Чечне и привлечь виновных к ответственности, заявили 14 июля представители HRW.

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Kazakhstan: Rescind New Media Restrictions

Posted by Info on 15/07/2009

Government Broadening Controls as it Prepares for Europe Leadership Role

The government of Kazakhstan should rescind a new law that significantly restricts media freedoms, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch urged Kazakhstan’s international partners to press the government to repeal the law.

Kazakhstan is due to take over chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), an organization grounded in human rights principles, in January 2010.

The law, a package of amendments to laws dealing with the media and the internet, was signed by President Nursultan Nazarbaev on July 10, 2009.

“Kazakhstan’s leaders promised to make reforms before they take on the leadership of the OSCE,” said Holly Cartner, Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “But here they are just a few months away, cracking down on free expression. They can still change their minds and get rid of this law – and they should.”

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Russia: Halt Punitive Attacks in Chechnya

Posted by Info on 15/07/2009

New Reports of Revenge Killing and House Burnings of Those Accused of Links to Rebels

Russian federal and Chechen local authorities should immediately put a stop to the punitive house-burning and other human rights violations in Chechnya and bring those responsible to justice, Human Rights Watch said today.

Human Rights Watch has documented two new cases in Chechnya in which the homes of families related to suspected insurgents were torched by local law-enforcement officials as well as a public extrajudicial killing of a man suspected of providing food to insurgents.

On July 2, 2009, Human Rights Watch published a report, “‘What Your Children Do Will Touch Upon You’: Punitive House-Burning in Chechnya“, documenting a pattern of house burnings by security forces to punish families for the alleged involvement by their relatives in the insurgency.

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UN monitors to leave Georgia

Posted by Info on 15/07/2009

The last remaining United Nations observers in Georgia leave their posts on Wednesday, a month after their mandate expired.

The UN Security Council failed to extend the mission of the 130 observers last month, due to a Russian veto.

Last August, Russia backed Abkhazia’s declaration of independence from Georgia. But no other international organisation has done so.

UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband accused Russia of using its veto power to “pursue its own narrow interests”.

The UN mission has been on the ground in Abkhazia since 1993, when it was deployed to monitor an earlier ceasefire between Abkhaz separatists and Georgian forces.

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Russian human rights activist shot dead in Ingushetia

Posted by Info on 15/07/2009

A Russian campaigner on human rights Natalya Estemirova was abducted and murdered on Wednesday, hours after her organisation backed calls for Vladimir Putin to face trial over atrocities in Chechnya.

MOSCOW, July 15 (RIA Novosti) – The body of leading human rights activist Natalya Estemirova has been discovered in Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia.

Estemirova had been investigating kidnappings and disappearances in Chechnya for the Memorial group. She had earlier worked with journalist Anna Politkovskaya, who was shot dead in Moscow in October 2006, and human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov, who was killed in the Russian capital in January of this year.

Natalya Estemirova, who won numerous international awards for her work, was bundled into a car as she left her home in Grozny, the Chechen capital. Human Rights Watch’s Tatyana Lokshina said that two people had witnessed Estemirova being shoved into a white car. “She was able to yell out that she was being kidnapped,” Lokshina told RIA Novosti. Her body was later found by the side of a road in the neighbouring province of Ingushetia. She had been shot twice in the head at close range.

Mrs Estemirova, a single mother in her early 40s, was the seventh opponent of Ramzan Kadyrov, the Kremlin-backed Chechen president, to have been murdered in the past 10 months.

Mrs Estemirova was one of the few figures in Russia who dared to expose abuses in Chechnya.

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