Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

FIDH: antiterrorist legislation mastered in Chechnya now transferred to whole of Russia

Posted by Info on 07/08/2009

“Our organization has studied changes in Russian legislation as to the fight with extremism and terrorism. At the study, we, certainly, recognized that the war in Chechnya and spread of the conflict on other countries and republics of Northern Caucasus contributed to toughening and changing the legislation,” Ms Lyo Ueru.

In the opinion of FIDH experts, according to the statistics we can speak about a significant reduction of the number of officially registered terror acts. However, the antiterrorist law of March 6, 2006, has a number of provisions, which endanger the observance of human rights. First of all, it refers to definition of the notion of “terrorism”. Under the aegis of antiterrorist or anti-extremist legislation they pursue representatives of various communities, for example, of non-traditional Islam, and also use not quite lawful methods of counteracting terrorism and extremism (such as torture, illegal detentions and so forth).

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