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Archive for April 20th, 2011

Groups Urge Medvedev: Bring Rule Of Law To Chechnya!

Posted by Info on 20/04/2011

Russian human rights activists appealed to President Dmitry Medvedev to intervene to stop extrajudicial kidnappings and enforce the rule of law in the country’s predominantly Muslim region of Chechnya.

The region’s Kremlin-backed leadership has amassed huge powers and local prosecutors had no power to curb or probe cases of torture and kidnappings.

A letter prepared by five rights groups asked Medvedev to keep what they called a promise to investigate “egregious human rights violations such as enforced disappearances, torture and extrajudicial killings by members of the law enforcement and security agencies.”

Chechnya is ruled by separatist turned Kremlin loyalist Ramzan Kadyrov, who has been accused by rights groups of using his local militia to execute personal decrees and spread fear.
Igor Kalyapin, chairman of the Committee Against Torture, said that regional prosecutors had admitted they were unable to take “concrete steps” to stop violations or probe extrajudicial kidnappings, used as a way of cracking down on suspected militants.

“We can expect nothing from law enforcement agencies if the prosecutor gives this kind of evaluation of the investigative committee… I don’t see any way out of this situation through legal instruments,
he said.

Moscow turns a blind eye to alleged rights abuses by forces loyal to Kadyrov provided he keeps the uneasy peace in Chechnya as an Islamist insurgency spreads to other North Caucasus provinces such as Dagestan and Ingushetia.

Rebels want to carve out an Islamic state from Russia’s Caucasus region.

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Russian Migration Service Spokesman Fired After BBC Interview

Posted by Info on 20/04/2011

Russian Federal Migration Service spokesman Konstantin Poltoranin has been fired after giving a controversial BBC interview.

“The reason for Poltoranin’s dismissal was the video posted by BBC, the source said.
In his interview to the BBC Russian Service, Poltoranin, in particular, said: “What is now at stake is the survival of the white race.”

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Ситуация С Соблюдением Прав Человека В Чечне Остается Тяжелой

Posted by Info on 20/04/2011

В частности, их тревогу вызывают случаи похищения людей правоохранительными органами в рамках антитеррористической деятельности. Несколько общественных организаций направили специальное обращение к президенту Дмитрию Медведеву с просьбой принять меры.

В обращении к главе государства правозащитники ссылаются на два письма.
Первое, датированное августом прошлого года, направлено из следственного управления следственного комитета по Чеченской республике в местное министерство внутренних дел по Чеченской республике Руслана Алханова; генерал Виктор Леденев – сообщает, что следователи не могут эффективно расследовать дела о похищении людей, потому что постоянно сталкиваются с систематическим саботажем со стороны сотрудников МВД. По словам Игоря Каляпина, главы межрегионального комитета против пыток, правоохранители часто напрямую отказываются сотрудничать со следствием.
Второе письмо было написано всего месяц назад зампрокурора республики Хабаровым самому Игорю Каляпину.

Правозащитники год назад уже обсуждали с президентом Медведевым проблему соблюдения прав человека в Чечне на личной встрече. По их словам, глава государства обещал разобраться в ситуации, oднако каких-либо положительных изменений в этой сфере за все это время так и не произошло.

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Human Rights Activist Held In Belarus Over Metro Bomb Blast

Posted by Info on 20/04/2011

The Belarusian Helsinki Committee said Pavel Levinov, 50, was arrested on Monday and is being held for questioning for ten days. Three other journalists and human rights campaigners were also briefly detained. Police have not yet confirmed the report.

Opposition figures in Belarus had previously said they believed the metro blast on 11th april- which killed at least 13 – would be used as an excuse for a crackdown on dissent in the former Soviet republic.
In the immediate aftermath of the blast, President Alexander Lukashenko ordered the KGB – as the security forces are still known in Belarus –to “turn the country upside down” to find those responsible. While he did not rule out foreign involvement, he also dropped strong hints that opposition forces were to blame.

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Azerbaijan: Government Closes Two International NGOs

Posted by Info on 20/04/2011

The Azerbaijani government has quietly stopped the operations of two international non-governmental organizations, claiming that it is merely following the terms of its NGO registration requirements.

The Baku offices of the Washington, DC-based National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the Oslo-based Human Rights House Network (HRHN).

Under 2009 amendments to Azerbaijan’s law on NGOs, a bilateral agreement between an NGO’s country of origin and the Azerbaijani government about the NGO’s operations in Azerbaijan is required for the organization’s registration.

Some local analysts have cited both the NDI and Human Rights House Network cases as further proof of the Azerbaijani government’s increasing intolerance for groups that might criticize or disagree with its policies – an intolerance fueled by the ongoing political turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa. The closures took place just over a month after the start of unauthorized street rallies by youth activists and opposition parties that have been met with the arrests of dozens of rally participants and suspected organizers.

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UN Must Stand For Principle Of Fighting Terrorism Resolutely But Fairly

Posted by Info on 20/04/2011

PACE’s Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights at a special meeting of the UN Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee to fight terrorism:
Dick Marty (Switzerland, ALDE) and Lord John Tomlinson (United Kingdom, SOC), on behalf of the committee said that terrorists must be held to account and appropriately punished. But also the appropriate legal guarantees for individuals or groups who face targeted UN sanctions (“blacklisting”) because of suspected links to terrorists must be met. They called for an end to “abusive recourse to the doctrine of state secrecy” sometimes invoked by governments to avoid investigation.

Mr Marty: “Terrorists – whatever their goals – are vicious killers who must be tracked, pre-empted and brought to justice. But, as PACE’s reports have shown, turning a blind eye to torture or blacklisting people without giving them a chance to prove their innocence will ultimately do more damage than good in the fight against terror. The UN, as a guardian of global values, must stand for the principle of fighting terrorism resolutely but fairly.”

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Russia Prefers White Immigrants: Racism And Abuse In Asylum Centre

Posted by Info on 20/04/2011

Most people who come to Russia seeking political asylum arrive at the international airports in Moscow and St Petersburg. Most asylum seekers chose Russia only because it is easy to get a tourist visa, and then applying for asylum after arrival.
The Russia’s only centre for destitute asylum seekers, is in the northern Ural mountains some 1,300 km (800 miles) from Moscow.

The centre with regime of neglect and fear is a collection of mobile homes on a small hill half an hour’s walk from the town centre Ochyor, where jobs are hard to come by.
“We asked for asylum and we are being persecuted. We were persecuted in our own countries and we are being persecuted here.” says Benjamin N’Guessan from Ivory Coast.

Fofana Baleymory says, that they are attacked by locals. “We can’t go out alone. We have to go out in groups. It is really dangerous for us to live here.”

The camp is a collection of rotting mobile homes that had been used by East German labourers in the 1980s.The buildings were falling apart. In the bathrooms, there were holes in the walls. Many of the rooms had buckets in the middle of the floor to catch the water dripping through electrical fittings in the ceilings. Most walls were warped with water damage. The residents said some bedrooms were bitterly cold when the temperature outside dropped to -30C.

The refugees complain that the food makes them sick, and that the camp administration has asked people in the town not to let them send faxes or emails, or even make phone calls.No Russian classes are given.

Konstantin Poltoranin, the chief spokesman for the FMS, said: “Russia preferred immigrants of Ukrainian and Belarusian origin. What is now at stake is the survival of the white race. We feel this in Russia. We want to make sure the mixing of blood happens in the right way here, and not the way it has happened in Western Europe where the results have not been good.”

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