Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Archive for April 6th, 2010

Kadyrov Attacked Internet Bloggers And Online Commentators

Posted by Info on 06/04/2010

The Chechen government’s attempts to curtail freedom of expression in Chechnya by vowing to identify and silence internet bloggers critical of President Kadyrov and members of his administration.

During a televised interview on April 1, 2010, Kadyrov attacked internet bloggers and online commentators for “spreading lies and rumors” about the conditions in Chechnya, calling them “enemies of the Chechen people,” and vowed to use “all possible means to identify and punish” those responsible.

“Freedom House calls on the Russian government to uphold its constitution’s absolute guarantee of the right to free expression and to allow its people to express opinions freely without fear of retribution.”

Local human rights groups have regularly accused President Kadyrov’s militia of involvement in abductions, torture and extortion and several prominent opponents of the regime have been killed in recent months. President Kadyrov is also currently embroiled in a defamation lawsuit against Oleg Orlov, head of the human rights organization Memorial, over comments Orlov made about Kadyrov’s culpability in the kidnapping and murder of human rights activist Natalia Estemirova

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Uzbekistan Places Rights Activists Under Home Arrest During UN Visit

Posted by Info on 06/04/2010

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon started a visit to Uzbekistan and authorities placed human rights activists under home arrest, fearing possible protest actions.

Uzbek Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyayev accompanied Ban Ki-moon to Karakalpakstan and they flew over the former bottom of the sea on a helicopter.
“It is clearly one of the worst disasters, environmental disasters of the world. I was so shocked,” Ban said.

He urged Central Asian leaders to unite to solve this problem and pledged support from UN specialised agencies.

Ban Ki-moon also raised the issue of human rights in Uzbekistan, stressing the importance of a strong civil society for social and economic prosperity. However, for some reason his programme did not include meetings with local human rights activists.

for example: Activists of the Human Rights Alliance of Uzbekistan, Yelena Urlayeva and Vladimir Husainov, that they were placed under home arrest this morning.They managed to force police to drive them around the city in police cars, but officers refused to leave them unattended.

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Chechen Court Bans Russian Encyclopedia Volume On “Chechen Extremism”

Posted by Info on 06/04/2010

A court in Chechnya has banned material about Chechnya and Chechen extremism published in the 58th volume of the Big Russian Encyclopedia for discriminating against Russia’s North Caucasus republic.
The court case was initiated by Chechen human rights ombudsman Nurdi Nukhazhiyev. He said he sent a request to the Russian Justice ministry to include the volume of the encyclopedia in the federal list of extremist materials.

Nukhazhiyev said that the material on Chechnya describes “predatory attacks on neighbors,” “mass betrayal and cooperation with the Germans,” “genocide of the Russian speaking population,” and a “genetic disposition to violence.”

“We know the history and can stand up to this slander, but future generations will open this page and see how the history of an entire people was misrepresented.”

The Russian Empire fought wars in Chechnya for most of the 19th century in order to establish its influence in the Caucasus region. More recently, Russia has held two bloody military campaigns in Chechnya in 1994 and 1999 in attempts to establish constitutional order in the republic.

In 1944 some 450,000 Chechen and Ingush people were exiled in just eight days by Stalin to Siberia and the steppes of north Kazakhstan. They were ostensibly deported for having aided Hitler’s troops during World War II although, as historians have pointed out, German forces did not advance as far as the Caucasus.

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