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Archive for June 20th, 2010

My Daughter Village Schoolteacher = Terrorist or Victim?

Posted by Info on 20/06/2010

What would motivate a young, successful and well-educated woman to kill herself and others?

On Sunday 28 March 2010, 27-year-old Mariam Sharipova set off from her home in the remote village of Balakhani, high in the mountains of Dagestan. Around 7am, as the rush hour was getting under way, Mariam entered the metro. She travelled to Lubyanka station in central Moscow, a stroll from Red Square. And then, at 7.56am, she blew herself up in the second carriage, just as the doors were opening, killing herself and 26 others.

Her father Rasul finds it impossible to believe that his daughter was a suicide bomber. “I don’t know what happened. We, too, are seeking answers. She knows. Allah knows. That’s it.” … “She was self-confident, someone who defined clear goals, and who wanted to achieve them.”….He is convinced Mariam may have been abducted in Makhachkala – either by Russia’s intelligence agencies, or by other shadowy forces interested in plunging Dagestan into a bloody, Chechen-style war. He claims he realised something was seriously wrong only on 1 April, when his daughter failed to return home for the new school term……..

In the days after the metro attacks, police leaked ghoulish photos showing the heads of the two women bombers. Rasul immediately recognised the first bomber as his daughter. The bruises on her right cheek aren’t consistent with suicide explosions, he believes, and indicate that in the hours immediately before her death, someone had tortured her. “The bruises would have had to be inflicted three to four hours before the incident,” he says. “Why is this? The investigation can’t answer this question.”..

Last month, investigators said they had discovered an apartment in Moscow where three male accomplices had prepared the women for their mission. They said all three had been shot dead by police after “putting up resistance”…..

It is impossible to establish a definitive version of what happened. The authorities have failed to provide any proof or supporting evidence to explain the Moscow bombings, adding another layer of complexity to an already murky episode. In addition, law enforcement agents frequently do kidnap innocent civilians. Many are never seen again.

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Kyrgyzstan: Human Rights Advocate Arrested And Tortured

Posted by Info on 20/06/2010

On June 15, 2010 the police officers detained prominent human rights defender and lawyer Azimzhan Askarov in Bazar-Korgon (the regional center of the Jalal-Abad Oblast of Kyrgyzstan). The officials framed up a case against him, trying to accuse of organization of mass riots and also put Askarov on torture.

Askarov, the head of Vozduh human rights bureau, documented the violence acts in Bazar-Korgon in June of 2010,
gathered information and shot videos of many important episodes in this district. On June 13, 2010 he informed over the phone that he witnessed the pogrom-makers opening fire at unarmed civilians that came for negotiations; allegedly, the armed police officers accompanied the looters, not trying to stop the arson and devastation. According to Askarov’s brother, which spent three days with him in single ward and was released today, Askarov was tortured on daily basis. He was demanded to point out the place where he kept his camera and videos. After the tortures Askarov asked to inform that he may not survive until the court session.

The arrest warrant must be issued by the court within 48 hours since the detention. However, it turned out that law enforcement bodies falsified the detention protocol, indicating that Askarov was detained on June 16.

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Interim President Of Kyrgyzstan: 400,000 People Fled Since 10 June

Posted by Info on 20/06/2010

Kyrgyzstan’s interim leader Rosa Otunbayeva said that there could be as 2 000 death as a result of ethnic violence in the south of the country.
Otunbayeva said that the hundreds of thousands of Uzbek refugees would be allowed to return home.

Some 400,000 people out of Kyrgyzstan’s population of 5.3 million have fled since 10 June, some to refugee camps in neighbouring Uzbekistan.
On the Uzbek side of the border the authorities set up more orderly camps to house about 100,000 people.

Osh residents are in urgent need of protection and humanitarian assistance,” Human Rights Watch said. “The tense security situation, barricades and checkpoints have significantly limited distribution of aid, medical supplies and access to medical treatment.”


The government hopes to stick to its plan to hold a constitutional referendum on 27 June.

Otunbayeva, whose government has not been formally elected, has accused Bakiyev of organising gangs of armed men to shoot at both Uzbeks and Kyrgyz to ignite ethnic violence in the south, Bakiyev’s traditional stronghold.

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