Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Archive for April 7th, 2011

End Climate of Impunity in Russia!

Posted by Info on 07/04/2011

The Russian authorities reopen investigations into the cases of five murdered journalists. Valery Ivanov, Natalia Skryl, Aleksei Sidorov, Yuri Shchekochikhin, and Vagif Kochetkov were all killed — or are suspected to have been killed — in connection with their journalistic activities.

Russian journalists work in an increasingly hostile environment and live under constant threat of legal harassment and violence. In 2010, some 40 journalists were attacked because of their work.
According to human rights groups, there have been 19 unsolved murders of journalists since 2000. Investigations are often superficial and frequently stagnate. Progress in high-profile murder cases, such as those of Anna Politkovskaya (murdered in 2006) and Natalia Estemirova (murdered in 2009), has been very slow.

The Investigative Committee of Russian Federation (Russian: Следственный комитет Российской Федерации) is the main federal investigating authority in Russia, formed in place of the Investigative Committee of The Prosecutor of the Russian Federation. Began to operate in January 15, 2011. The Committee is subordinate to the President of Russia.
Acting Chairman of the Investigative Committee was appointed Alexander Bastrykin. The number of agents in the Investigative Committee (except the military investigative agents) is 19,156 employees, and from 1 January 2012 need to be 21,156 employees.

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Chechnya With President Kadyrov: Shariah “Law”, Polygamy and Honor Killings?

Posted by Info on 07/04/2011

Newly re-elected Chechen president, Ramzan Kadyrov, the former militia leader is carrying out a campaign to impose Islamic values and strengthen the traditional customs of predominantly Muslim Chechnya, in an effort to blunt the appeal of hardline Islamic separatists and shore up his power. In doing so, critics say, he is setting up a dictatorship where Russian laws do not apply.

Some in Russia say Kadyrov’s attempt to create an Islamic society violates the Russian constitution, which guarantees equal rights for women and a separation of church and state. But the Kremlin has given him its staunch backing, seeing him as the key to keeping the separatists in check, and that has allowed him to impose his will.

Kadyrov willfully tries to increase the influence of local customs over the life of the republic because this makes him the absolute ruler of the republic,” said Yulia Latynina, a political analyst in Moscow.

Kadyrov: “No one can tell us not to be Muslims,” he said outside the mosque. If anyone says I cannot be a Muslim, he is my enemy.”
He explained why seven young women who had been shot in the head deserved to die. ( in 2009)
Ramzan Kadyrov said the women, whose bodies were found dumped by the roadside, had “loose morals” and were rightfully shot by male relatives in honor killings.

“If a woman runs around and if a man runs around with her, both of them are killed,” Kadyrov told journalists in the capital of this Russian republic.Few dare to challenge Kadyrov’s rule.

Kadyrov describes women as the property of their husbands and says their main role is to bear children. He encourages men to take more than one wife, even though polygamy is illegal in Russia. Women and girls are now required to wear headscarves in all schools, universities and government offices.

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Practice In Uzbekistan: Judicial Review Of Detention Does Not Exists

Posted by Info on 07/04/2011

Human Rights Watch office with its 33-years of operationhas shut down by the government.

For years the government has persecuted and imprisoned thousands of people for alleged “fundamentalism,” and tortured many of them. It forces thousands of schoolchildren, some as young as 10, to work on the cotton harvest for two months a year.
And torture and ill-treatment are widespread and systematic in pretrial detention and prisons. Yet very recently at the United Nations, the government pointed to habeas corpus reforms as evidence that it is combating torture.

Habeas corpus — judicial review of detention — is considered a crucial bulwark against torture in pretrial detention, but true habeas corpus exists neither in theory nor in practice in Uzbekistan.

The Uzbek version doesn’t allow the court to examine whether there’s sufficient evidence to hold someone in jail before trial. And although habeas corpus means “show the body,” not only are the hearings closed to observers, but sometimes the detainees aren’t even present. Even when they are, judges simply rubber stamp detention, routinely ignoring any allegations of ill-treatment or abuse of due process….

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