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Archive for July 30th, 2010

European Court Prohibited Ukraine To Return Refugees To Uzbekistan

Posted by Info on 30/07/2010

On July 26, 2010 the European Court for human rights in Strasburg prohibited Ukraine to return 4 arrested Uzbek refugees to Uzbekistan.

The court also proposed Ukrainian government to provide comments on non-return practice until August 3, 2010. The representative of detained Uzbek citizens must file the complaint by August 9, 2010.

Ukrainian security service and interior ministry detained for refugees (looking for asylum in Ukraine) by the request of Uzbekistan. The families of other potential refugees from Uzbekistan were exposed to high pressure and persecution.

The government of Ukraine will have to give proper consideration of refugee applications and will not return them to Uzbekistan until the European Court makes appropriate decision. The notice from European Court says “non-observance of measures by member-state will be … the violation of Convention on the protection of human rights and basic freedoms…”

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USA Violated International Law – Sent Person To Country Know For Torture

Posted by Info on 30/07/2010

Last week, the United States government transferred an Algerian national, imprisoned for the last eight years at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, back to his home country.

35-year-old Abdul Aziz Naji was terrified. That’s because the Algerian government has a bad track record for its treatment of anyone arrested on “security grounds.” The U.S. State Department self reports that in such cases, Algerian authorities still use torture to elicit confessions. A recent decision from the European Court of Human Rights reached the same conclusion, blocking a transfer to Algeria from France. .

Naji begged the U.S. government to allow him to remain in prison at Guantanamo rather than be returned to Algeria. But the U.S. government ignored that; it sent him to Algeria anyway.

UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW, THE UNITED STATES ISN’T SUPPOSED TO TRANSFER ANYONE TO A COUNTRY WHERE THEY’RE LIKELY TO FACE TORTURE OR CRUEL, INHUMAN OR DEGRADING TREATMENT.

Manfred Nowak, the U.N.’s Special Rapporteur on torture, DIPLOMATIC ASSURANCES ARE UNRELIABLE AND INEFFECTIVE IN THE PROTECTION AGAINST TORTURE AND ILL-TREATMENT AND SUCH ASSURANCES,” and are usually sought “from States where the practice of torture is systematic.” They’re also not legally binding.

Nowak last week protested the United States’ return of Naji to Algeria.

Although Naji was never charged, tried or convicted of anything by the United States, his imprisonment for the last eight years, supposedly on security grounds, suggests he’s likely to be a target of interest to the Algerian authorities. Indeed, after he was returned home on July 18.

There are still another five Algerians left at Guantanamo Bay who are afraid to return home due to fear of mistreatment. Still other prisoners, from countries such as Tajikistan have similar fears. And terror suspects arrested by U.S. authorities and sent to another country for interrogation and prosecution, under current U.S. rendition policy, face a similar risk.

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Russian Editor Wins After Being Charged With “Fomenting Extremism”+ video

Posted by Info on 30/07/2010

A Russian editor, Pyotr Lipatov, has secured a rare legal victory after being charged with “fomenting extremism”. A court threw out the case yesterday, ruling that prosecution evidence was unpersuasive.

Lipatov, editor of the opposition newspaper Consensus and Truth, which is published in a Moscow suburb, was accused of publishing articles that created “negative stereotypes and negative images of members of the security forces.”

His paper has regularly focused attention on the shortcomings of local government and the authorities have long sought to shut it down. In May, Lipatov was attacked by police, an incident shown in a video. – 6 minutes – in Russian and English

IN THE MOSCOW SUBURBS, FREEDOM OF THE PRESS MAY BE LEGAL, BUT IT’S NOT ALWAYS TOLERATED.

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