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Archive for October 11th, 2010

UNHCR: Belarusian Former Minister And Former Ambassador Was Tortured

Posted by Info on 11/10/2010

Mikhail Marynich, a former minister of foreign economic affairs, former ambassador of Belarus to Latvia, participant of the 2001 presidential campaign, managed to gain justice after 6-year struggle. The UN Committee on Human Rights admitted the trial over the politician in December 2004 in Minsk, where Marynich was sentenced to five years of imprisonment allegedly for stealing office equipment from the US Embassy, was not fair and independent. The trial was under close surveillance of the secret services, judges had biased approach towards the facts picked up during the investigation and evidence of witnesses, that in fact makes the criminal case a political lynching.

The UN Committee on Human Rights also admits that Marynich faced torture and inhuman and degrading treatment.

The Belarusian state is obliged to provide Marynich necessary medical treatment, including paying a compensation, and start criminal proceedings to establish responsibility for degrading treatment of Marynich. Offical Minsk has a little more than 100 days to report to the UN on the measures taken.

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Дагестан:Журналист Выиграла Международную Премию Свободы Прессы

Posted by Info on 11/10/2010

Нью-Йоркский Комитет по защите прав журналистов (CPJ) объявил имена четырех лауреатов Международной премии свободной прессы. Среди награжденных редактор газеты «Черновик» из Дагестана Надира Исаева.
«Победители 2010 года испытали на себе насилие, угрозы, арест, и даже пытки за свою журналисткую деятельность. Каждый из них внес вклад в жизнь общества в своем регионе. Они освещали правонарушения, коррупцию, и скептически рассматривали действия властей. Мы воздаем должное их независимости и мужеству».

31-летняя Надира Исаева, редактор независимой еженедельной газеты «Черновик», вызвала недовольство властей публикацией репортажей о методах, применяемых спецслужбами по отношению к представителям вооруженного исламского подполья. Она последовательно критикует, на ее взгляд, контр-продуктивную жесткую тактику государственных структур, ответственных за борьбу с терроризмом.

В 2008 году прокуратура возбудила против журналиста уголовное дело по обвинению в экстремизме после того, как Исаева опубликовала интервью с бывшим лидером вооруженного подполья. Тот обвинил республиканские власти в коррумпированности и «раболепстве» перед Кремлем. Прокуратура добивается закрытия газеты.

Исаева лично и возглавляемая ею газета регулярно подвергались инициированным властями преследованиям. … Прокурор Дагестана прислал Исаевой официальное направление на психиатрическую экспертизу.
Работая в самом опасном для российского журналиста месте – Северном Кавказе, эта хрупкая девушка вместе со своими коллегами мужественно пишет о нарушениях прав человека, о коррупции властей, о злоупотреблениях спецслужб, а это предельно опасные темы для репортажей».

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Uzbekistan Confirms Having Innocent People in Prison – Thus NOT Terrorists

Posted by Info on 11/10/2010

Uzbekistan: Most convicted terrorists are sent to Zhaslyk Prison in Karakalpakstan.
There is classification of convicted “terrorists” in prison –
1) innocent people
2) normal terrorists convicts
3) hardened terrorist – a) experienced, who know how to distribute religion material
b) so called “green” terrorists, those who are caught to distribute religions material
4) extremists (this term is used at the same time as the term “terrorists”, “green or hardened or normal terrorist”)

“Many people convicted of terrorism start writing letters to the president and other officials immediately after their trial, telling them how they repent,” said Shakhror Rokhmonov of the State Committee on National Security in Tashkent. “But hardened terrorists usually not only do not repent but also try to recruit new people while in prison.”

There are very few innocent people, and these terrorists have no one to influence,” said Yusuf, the prison’s wardenI consider this quite a good solution.

We have … experienced terrorists as well as those who are quite green, who were caught for distributing leaflets or keeping books of an extremist nature,” Diloromov said. “Some positive (rehabilitative) work on these people could have reintegrated them into society. However, the fact that they are among hardened terrorists will rather steer them in the exactly opposite direction.”

“We have (would-be recruiters) under the surveillance not only of guards but also of (undercover) officers we’ve introduced as prisoners,”
Akmal Lazizov, a guard at Namangan Prison, another destination for convicted terrorists, said.

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