Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Policy For Northern Caucasus – To Use Bayonets That Leads To Victims Only

Posted by Info on 26/03/2010

“Russia has no policy for Northern Caucasus – only an attempt to use bayonets that leads to numerous victims only” said Svetlana Gannushkina, a human rights defender, chair of the committee “Civil Assistance”, a member of the Human Rights Centre (HRC) “Memorial”

“Russia has no policy for Northern Caucasus; there are actions and convulsive moves aimed at preservation, and in some cases – at restoration of the empire, by acting with bayonets only, as the empire did. It results not in success, but in terrible, irreplaceable and unforgivable victims. I think that we have passed behind the non-return point in this respect, and we’ll fail to set up stability.”..

..”life is still dangerous, and everyone who is there is under threat.”

a school mistress told about her son, whose schoolmates went to the mountains. “And every time, when they conduct a special operation there, he is taken away and interrogated, and how they interrogate – it’s clear; and she doesn’t know what to do. The only way out is to remove that guy out of there completely. Since either he joins militants, where they naturally entice him, or just perish at the next interrogation.”

She also reported that in the course of their visit to Chechnya activists of the committee “Civil Assistance” rendered material aid to people, whose houses were burnt down. “It was done to punish them.”

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