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SCO! + UN? = Compromise of Human Rights Under Cover of Counter-Terrorism

Posted by Info on 30/03/2011

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), comprising six states with deeply troubling human rights records – China, the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan – is increasingly embraced by the international community as a partner in countering terrorism and forging peace and security.

Report Terrorism and Human Rights: The Impact of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization released on March 30, 2011, Human Rights in China (HRIC) argues that the SCO’s counter-terrorism policies and practices undermine the effectiveness and integrity of the international counter-terrorism framework, and enable SCO member states to target their own populations through repressive measures that compromise internationally-recognized human.

· Non-compliance with UN standards. In adapting “Three Evils” doctrine –alleged separatist, extremist, and terrorist acts with its overbroad scope target legitimate expressions of political and religious beliefs.

· Violation of individual human rights protected under international law. Such practices as cooperative surveillance, a shared database and blacklists, guaranteed extraditions and denials of asylum, and ethnic and religious profiling, violate the right to privacy, principles of non-discrimination, non-refoulement, and protection of asylum seekers, and due process protections.

· Negative impact on the international counter-terrorism framework. The SCO has actively attempted to integrate its framework into that of the UN, as well as in other international fora. The UN and others have responded favorably and without critical review of SCO policies and practice.. full report HERE

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Terror Acts In Northern Caucasus In 2010

Posted by Info on 30/03/2011

In 2010, the count of terror acts, casualties and victims in Northern Caucasus went up – in total, 238 explosions and 15 terror acts with participation of suicide bombers were committed, that is, by 9 explosions and 1 terror act more than in 2009. In 2009, there were 92 casualties and 332 victims; in 2010 – 151 persons perished and 656 persons were wounded.

CHARTER HERE

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Россия: Газету Вновь Пытаются Уличить В “Экстремизме”

Posted by Info on 30/03/2011

Прокуратура Пермского края проводит проверку публикации в газете “За человека”, издаваемой Пермским региональным правозащитным центром, на наличие в журналистском материале признаков экстремизма.
Внимание правоохранителей обратилось на статью Романа Юшкова “Коми-Пермяцкий округ – начало партизанской войны?”, опубликованную в сентябрьском номере издания ПРПЦ за прошлый год.
Статья посвящена сложным взаимоотношениям местного русского и коми-пермяцкого населения с крепнущей на территории Коми-округа азербайджанской диаспорой, а также той роли, которую играют в этой ситуации местная власть и правоохранительные органы, передает Civitas.ru.
Для получения объективной оценки публикации прокуратура обратилась в Управление Роскомнадзора по Пермскому краю. Руководство Управления созвало научно-консультационный совет при своём ведомстве с тем, чтобы всесторонне оценить статью правозащитного издания. Членам совета было предложено решить, имеются ли в материале призывы, направленные на возбуждение расовой и национальной розни, пропаганда исключительности и превосходства человека по принципу его национальной принадлежности и др. Большинство экспертов, в число которых входят профессиональные лингвисты, чиновники Роскомнадзора, сотрудники силовых ведомств и др., сочли, что признаков экстремизма в статье Юшкова нет.

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Russians Demand “Third” Person As Country Goes Wrong Direction

Posted by Info on 30/03/2011

Russia needs ‘third man’ in 2012 polls
Russia’s leaders are increasingly mistrusted and there is a growing desire for an alternative to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin or President Dmitry Medvedev in 2012 polls.

People have not only stopped fearing a ‘third person’ but are beginning to wish for his emergence,.The most important change in the political consciousness of Russians over the last eight months consists not just of a fall of trust in the tandem and its participants but also a growth in demand for a ‘third’ person.”

The past year has seen an onset of a “political crisis” … The leaders have said that they will decide between themselves which one of them will run.
“Medvedev seems an unelectable figure” while Putin is gaining “anti-electorate” among not just the opposition but wider society that accuses him of acting in self-interest.

The ratings of President Medvedev an Prime Minister Putin have fallen to historic lows, and for the first time a majority of citizens believe that the country is moving in the wrong direction.
A significant fall in the president’s and prime minister’s ratings was noted last month – and they are continuing to decline.
Levada Center calls these results “a continuation of the trend that began last year” and links it to the continued rise in inflation, which is not compensated by a rise in wages, as well as people’s disappointment, and a lack of visible prospects. The slump in ratings could partly be explained by the growing political uncertainty regarding the 2012 election,.

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Kyrgyz Prosecutors Refuse to Investigate Torture Despite Evidence

Posted by Info on 30/03/2011

HRW: Kyrgyz authorities’ refusal to investigate torture allegations in a case to be reviewed by the Supreme Court on March 29, 2011, constitutes a serious violation of both Kyrgyz and international law.

Farrukh Gapirov, an ethnic Uzbek charged with involvement in the interethnic violence in Kyrgyzstan in the summer of 2010, was acquitted by the Osh Municipal Court, in southern Kyrgyzstan, because the court found that the main evidence against him – his confession – had been extracted under torture. Despite judicial instructions to investigate the use of torture, which were supported by photographic, video, and medical evidence presented at trial, the prosecutorial authorities in Osh refused to open a criminal investigation. Instead they appealed Gapirov’s acquittal to the provincial court, which upheld the acquittal, and then to the Supreme Court, which will review the acquittal on March 29.

“The authorities’ blatant dismissal of the court’s orders in this case, and their refusal to investigate the use of torture despite overwhelming evidence, is incomprehensible. It’s hard to imagine what more evidence could possibly be needed to get the authorities to investigate a torture case.” said Mr Solvang from Human Rights Watch.

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ECHR: Disappearance and Presumed Death of Chechen Man

Posted by Info on 30/03/2011

ON 29.3.2011 In Chamber judgment in the case Murtazovy v. Russia (application
no.11564/07)
the European Court of Human Rights held,
unanimously, that there had been:
A violation of Article 2 (right to life) of the European Convention on Human Rights
concerning the disappearance of the applicants’ close relative;
A violation of Article 2 of the Convention concerning the inadequate investigation into
his disappearance;
A violation of Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment or
punishment)
concerning the applicants’ moral suffering;
A violation of Article 5 (right to liberty and security); and
A violation of Article 13 (right to an effective remedy).
The case concerned the applicants’ allegation that Ayub Murtazov was abducted and
killed by Russian servicemen during an unacknowledged security operation in November
2002 in the Chechen Republic.

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ECHR: Russia Must pay 1.3ml To 27 Inhabitants Of Chechnya

Posted by Info on 30/03/2011

Esmukhambetov and Others v. Russia (application no. 23445/03)
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has decided that Russia had to pay more than 1,3 million euros as compensation to the residents of Chechen republic, recognized by the court as aggrieved from the anti-terrorist operation in 1999.

In 1999, two Russian military planes raided the village, firing machine gun shots and dropping a number of bombs, resulting in the deaths of two children and three women. One of the applicants (Mr Esmukhambetov) witnessed the death of his two young sons and of his wife, the latter dying in his arms fatally wounded with shrapnel. The air raid also left approximately 30 houses destroyed or severely damaged. Many of the villagers left Kogi the same day, driving off to the nearby village of Kumli in Dagestan. The following day, the bodies of all the victims were buried and the administration of Kogi issued certificates in respect of each victim, stating that they had been killed during the bombing. When the villagers subsequently returned to Kogi to collect their belongings, they witnessed Russian federal servicemen demolishing further buildings. Most of the applicants did not return to Kogi after that; they spent the following winter in a refugee camp in Dagestan.

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ЕСПЧ Обязал Россию Выплатить 1,3 Млн Евро По Иску Чечни

Posted by Info on 30/03/2011

Европейский суд по правам человека (ЕСПЧ) постановил выплатить более 1,3 миллиона евро в качестве компенсации по обращению жителей Чеченской республики, признанных судом пострадавшими в результате проведения контртеррористической операции в 1999 году .- текст = РАПСИ/infosud.ru.

С исковым заявлением в ЕСПЧ в июле 2003 года обратились 27 жителей одного из населенных пунктов Шелковского района Чечни, по которому в сентябре 1999 года федеральными силами был нанесен авиаудар. Согласно документам, всего в населенном пункте на тот момент проживало порядка 30 семей, в результате бомбардировки погибло пять жителей, многие дома были разрушены.

Российская сторона объяснила инцидент проведением контртеррористической операции – по имевшейся информации в данном районе наблюдалась концентрация членов незаконных бандформирований. Кроме того, там была обнаружена база по подготовке террористов….

Позднее российский суд указал на законное право родственников погибших и пострадавших в результате боевых действий в Чеченской Республике на компенсацию в 20 тысяч рублей.

По мнению правительства РФ, истцы не исчерпали предоставленные им государством средства правовой защиты. ЕСПЧ, тем не менее, признал поданное заявление приемлемым и, рассмотрев его, присудил истцам в общей сложности более 1,3 миллиона евро в связи с нарушением ряда статей Европейской конвенции о защите прав человека.

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