Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Archive for August 15th, 2009

Azerbaijan: “Sport connects people,” German government’s human rights commissioner using event to call for release of two rights activists

Posted by Info on 15/08/2009

Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade were arrested for hooliganism in Azerbaijan in July, a charge they claim is grossly unfair. The young men had been sitting quietly in a cafe when they were beaten up by two other men and subsequently arrested by local police.

“Sport, especially soccer connects people and different nationalities,” Nooke said in a statement released by the foreign office in Berlin ahead of Wednesday’s match. He added that the qualifying match is also an opportunity to take a closer look at the guest country. And in the case of Azerbaijan, he said the human rights situation in Azerbaijan was “not satisfactory.”

He had frequently witnessed how young people critical of the government were arrested for staged and dubious crimes.”This case must not be allowed to be swept under the carpet,” Nooke said. “Once again, I call on the government in Baku to release Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade.”

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Chechnya: two villagers were tortured for one having a telephone conversation

Posted by Info on 15/08/2009

In the Grozny District of Chechnya, power agents have severely beaten and tortured (they even used electricity) two residents of Pervomaiskoe village, located in this district, a father and his son. The reason was that the son received a call to his mobile phone his former friend who had joined militants a year ago.
Fellow villagers of the victims find the actions of power agents to be the uttermost arbitrariness and lawlessness.

The father and son, victims of power agents, decided not to complain anywhere, finding it senseless and fearing that “it can become still worse.” The law enforcement bodies of the republic refused to comment the situation, since, as a spokesman from the MIA has stated, no applications against wrongful actions of law enforcers had been lodged by any of Pervomaiskoe residents; and it would be incorrect to comment one’s “empty verbal allegations.”

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Chechnya: witnesses are afraid to give evidence on murder cases of human rights activists

Posted by Info on 15/08/2009

Caucasian Knot : Alexander Bastrykin, Chairman of the ICPO, has stated that witnesses are afraid to evidence on murder cases of human rights activists in Chechnya.

The “Interfax” further quotes him saying that the heaviest consequence of such crimes is “when people are intimidated and afraid to cooperate with law enforcement bodies.”

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Chechnya: murdered pregnant Zarema Sadulayeva’s body had traces of beating

Posted by Info on 15/08/2009

Zarema Sadulayeva, head of the youth NGO “Let’s Save the Generation”, who was found, together with her husband Alik Dzhabrailov, assassinated in the morning on August 11 in Grozny, was beaten before her death. Her body had huge bruises, and one of her arms was twice broken.

The source of the “Caucasian Knot” correspondent is convinced that before her death Sadulayeva was severely beaten, and, possibly, tortured.

“It was done in spite of her pregnancy. Her wrist and collar bone were broken; and she had huge bruises over the whole body. It looks that they had beaten her with boots or something similar,” Sadulayeva’s friend, who asked not to mention her name, assets.

According to her story, a piece of someone’s hair was squeezed in one of her hands. Possibly, Sadulayeva tried to resist. Power structures of Chechnya refused to make any comments on this incident.

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On internet video : Delimkhanov’s threats addressed to Chechen human rights defenders

Posted by Info on 15/08/2009

Caucasian KnotThe video was put on air by television on July 4, 2009, that is, 11 days before the kidnapping and murder of human rights defender Natalia Estemirova.

The platform YouTube has placed a video clip quoting a news report of the Chechen television, in which TV in which Adam Delimkhanov, Deputy of the Russian State Duma, speaking in the Chechen language, calls human rights activists of Chechnya to account, since, according to his story, they “help criminals-militants.”

“…There are people, who name themselves human rights activists, who help these shaitans, these criminals-rebels, work on them and pursue their deeds and their policy… they say that statements of these people… what they say and do, their crimes are not less, than of those militants who are in the forests.”

“These people (human rights activists) mislead and deceive people by their words. But they’ll not deceive our citizens. The truth and justice will always win. Here, our fighters, commanders, our guys are asking me, what these people (human rights activists) want. I answer that we don’t put a penny on them,” the Russian MP continued.

“Lord grant, and we’ll bring to responsibility all those who help the evil. Each of them, whether a Chechen, an Ingush or someone another, should know that they will answer for their words…,” Mr Delimkhanov has concluded.

Adam Delimkhanov, State Dume Deputy is searched by Interpol.

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