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Archive for August, 2011

Russia: Two Suicide Attacks in Chechen Capital Grozny

Posted by Info on 31/08/2011

A man blew himself up when a police patrol tried to detain him near a local parliament building, and a second blast came just 30 minutes later. There were also reports of a third blast. The attacks took place during celebrations to mark the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

At least eight people (six policeman) have been killed and 22 injured, five of those injured are in critical condition.

Militant-linked violence remains a “chronic problem” in Russia’s North Caucasus region, the U.S. Department of State said in its annual report on global terrorism threats.
“Terrorist attacks in Russia continued to emanate from the ongoing unrest in the North Caucasus. Radical militants calling for a Caliphate within the Caucasus continued to constitute the main terrorist threat.”

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Россия: Поможет ли “новая Бутырка” защитить права заключенных?

Posted by Info on 29/08/2011

Стоящие уже 240 лет..Правозащитники и вовсе Нажать призывают закрыть Бутырку и перевести ее заключенных в современную тюрьму.
Но с этим радикальным предложением Телятников не согласен. Он считает, что тюрьма отвечает необходимым требованиям и обитатели здания не испытывают дополнительных страданий из-за старости постройки.
Начальство Бутырки говорит, что секретов ни от кого нет: за год тюрьму посетили уже около 100 журналистов.
Начальник СИЗО Телятников возражает. “Любые административные здания, стоящие на балансе государства, получают средства на капитальный ремонт по плану. То же самое и здесь – идет плановый капитальный ремонт. Этот корпус был на очереди и требовал капитального ремонта. Что и было сделано”.
B 2010 году, после того, как в свете скандала с гибелью Магнитского от руководства тюрьмой был отстранен предыдущий начальник, а затем и его заместитель.
В середине августа прокуратура, вновь занявшись делом Магнитского, Нажать предъявила обвинения двум сотрудникам медицинской службы Бутылки. Bозможны ли были нарушения закона тюремными врачами без ведома и санкции вышестоящих чинов тюремной вертикали.

Правозащитники следящие за условиями содержания в российских тюрьмах, говорят, что сейчас начальство Бутырки не препятствует их проверкам.
Но необходимость в таких проверках сохраняется. Представители Комиссии направились туда по просьбе адвоката одного из заключенных. Тот страдает от осложнений после перенесенной год назад операции на желудке и нуждается в строгой диете. Продуктов для диеты нет, и поэтому заключенный уже почти год практически голодает.
…решения проблемы вынужденной голодовки пока не нашлось. Никто ничего не предпринимает. Теоретически, он должен умереть.

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Scotland Bank Agrees With Human Rights Groups And EndS Work For Belarus

Posted by Info on 29/08/2011

Royal Bank of Scotland has said it will no longer do fundraising work for the Belarus government following a campaign by human rights groups which argued that companies such as RBS were helping to support the regime of “Europe’s last dictator”.

“Given sanctions, the deteriorating political situation in Belarus and the fact that it has reneged on key elements of the IMF programme, RBS has ceased any type of capital-raising for or on behalf of the Belarus Republic, and we have no plans to change that position until these issues have been resolved,”
said RBS in a statement.
RBS has sent a clear signal not to risk investing in an regime that violates fundamental human rights and may not last”

Belarus is facing an economic crisis and is in talks with the International Monetary Fund about a possible loan, but the organisation wants to see major changes in the economy before extending financial help.

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EU Does Not Recognize Constitutional Presidential Elections In Abkhazia

Posted by Info on 28/08/2011

The breakaway region of Georgia , Abkhazia went to the polls on Friday following the death of President Sergei Bagapsh in May.The turnout was 72%. Alexander Ankvab has won the presidential election with 54.9% of the vote.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev congratulated Ankvab on his victory but Tbilisi called the polls illegitimate and NATO said it would not recognize them.
“The alliance reiterates its full support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders,NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
Russia has thousands of troops in Abkhazia and issues Russian passports to its residents.

BUT The European Union does not recognize the constitutional and legal framework
within which the presidential elections in the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia have taken place, EU High Representative Catherine Ashton said.“The European Union reiterates its support to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia, as recognized by international law.”

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Kazakhstan Use Cyber-Censorship

Posted by Info on 27/08/2011

A score of websites were blocked on 20 August on the orders of a court in the capital Astana, which said they were helping to promote “terrorism and religious extremism” and contained “calls to acts of terrorism and the manufacture of explosive devices.”

The blocked sites include the Russian-language blog platforms LiveJournal and LiveInternet very popular in all the former Soviet republics.

We call for the withdrawal of the court’s order, which is using the pretext of defending internal security to completely block major blog platforms, thereby censoring a great deal of content that has nothing to do with what the order is supposed to be targeting. It is legitimate to combat terrorism, but this should not result in the closure of independent news websites.

“Kazakhstan has long been regarded as a regional ‘pioneer’ in sophisticated control of the Internet but until now the control had been relatively limited. The blocking of LiveJournal and Google’s pull-out a few months ago represent a turning point. Is Kazakhstan beginning to slide down the same slippery slope taken by its neighbours, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, classified as Enemies of the Internet?”

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Узбекистан ужесточает фильтрацию информации

Posted by Info on 27/08/2011

Постановлением Кабинета Министров будет создана Экспертная комиссия, ответственная за фильтрацию всех каналов массового распространения информации.
Постановление «О дополнительных мерах по совершенствованию системы мониторинга в сфере массовых коммуникаций» правительство Узбекистана приняло 5-го августа.

Экспертная комиссия будет отслеживать всю доступную узбекистанцам информацию, то есть «национальное информационное пространство и деятельность средств массовой коммуникации, включая современные информационно-коммуникационные технологии, спутниковые системы, глобальную сеть Интернет, другие электронные средства доставки и распространения информации, а также печатную продукцию».

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New Police forces in Russia ? No Corruption? No Brutality?

Posted by Info on 26/08/2011

Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev has declared victory in the war on corruption in his ministry.

“In the past, there was bribe taking, abuse of power, corruption. … There’s none of that now.”

About 183,000 officers have been fired since the re-accreditations began in March. By 2012, the ministry plans to have axed 22 percent of its staff, lowering the total number to 1,106,472.

Nurgaliyev, who is currently touring the regions to evaluate the results of the re-accreditation, said new hires would have to have a legal education, while existing officers will have to take special courses.

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Kazakhstan To Extradite Another Uzbek Asylum Seekers to Uzbekistan

Posted by Info on 26/08/2011

Sobirjon Nosirov, 39, was arrested in the western Kazakh city of Oral in late July after he arrived from Russia.
Uzbek authorities wanted Nosirov for “terrorism, religious extremism, anticonstitutional activities, and the preparation and distribution of materials calling for mass unrest and disorder.”

Nosirov began a hunger strike on August 20 to protest his arrest. He is not allow to see his relatives and lawyers.
Nosirov “denies all the accusations. If he is extradited to Uzbekistan, he will face torture and an unfair trial.”

In June, Kazakhstan extradited 29 Uzbek citizens to Uzbekistan at the Uzbek authorities’ request. Two of them were sentenced on August 21 in Syrdariya province to 15 and five years in jail for religious extremism. Ten more are on trial in Tashkent on charges of membership of a banned religious group.

Human rights activists have appealed to the Kazakh authorities not to extradite Uzbek asylum seekers to Uzbekistan as they are likely to face unfair trials and torture in Uzbek custody. Kazakhstan extradited four other Uzbek asylum seekers to Uzbekistan last year.

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Belarus Decided To Blacklist Lithuanian TV Journalist

Posted by Info on 25/08/2011

Belarusian border guards denied entry to a Lithuanian film crew saying that TV journalist Ruta Lankininkaite, who was part of the group, was included in the personae non grata list and annulled her visa.

The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry summoned on Wednesday Belarusian Ambassador Vladimir Drazhin to explain the incident.
The Baltic state is known for its support of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s opponents. In June, a House of United Belarus, that brings together Belarusian political immigrants, was opened in Vilnius. Lithuanian Foreign Minister Audronius Azubalis hailed the idea and expressed hope that Belarus would return to “democracy and freedom”.

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Узбекистан: В Ташкенте задержана журналистка

Posted by Info on 25/08/2011

В аэропорту Ташкента была задержана 23-летняя узбекистанская журналистка Елена Бондарь. Oна возвращалась с 10-недельного курса обучения, организованного в Бишкеке Академией Организации по безопасности и сотрудничеству в Европе (ОБСЕ) и Академией Deutsche Welle (DW).

При обыске у нее были конфискованы носители информации с материалами, полученными во время учебы, – диски, флеш-накопители и видеокассеты. После подписания протокола журналистку отпустили. в частности, содержалась статья под названием “Неравный доступ узбеков к правосудию”, которая была итогом учебной практики Бондарь.

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Russia Arrests ‘Politkovskaya Murder Organiser’ – Former Police Officer

Posted by Info on 24/08/2011

Russia has arrested a former senior police officer suspected of organising the 2006 murder of anti-Kremlin reporter Anna Politkovskaya in exchange for cash.

Retired police lieutenant colonel Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov is suspected of organising the criminal group that carried out the murder as well as obtaining the murder weapon whilst he was still working as the head of a top police unit. Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov’s lawyer, Tamara Kuchma, added that her client had not officially been charged with any crime.

Read more: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/denial-in-politkovskaya-case/442672.html#ixzz1W79MAUWy
The Moscow Times

Allegedly Pavlyuchenkov bought the weapons, worked out a plan and decided the role of each of the accomplices in preparing and committing the murder. He used his job to put Ms Politkovskaya under surveillance then passed on the information to the alleged killer.

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UN to Azerbaijan: Human Rights Defenders Must Work In Safety

Posted by Info on 23/08/2011

The building in Baku housing the Institute of Peace and Democracy as well as the Azerbaijan Campaign to Ban Landmines and the Women’s Crisis Center – the only women’s shelter in the capital – was destroyed on 11 August.

City officials refused to allow the occupants to remove their belongings from the building, including valuable office equipment and files, before bulldozers carried out the demolition, despite a May ruling by a Baku court prohibiting the destruction of the building.

“Given the worrying reports of forced evictions and destruction of property in Baku, as well as of harassment of human rights defenders, we call on the authorities of Azerbaijan to thoroughly investigate this case and, if necessary, provide adequate compensation and restitution,” Rupert Colville, OHCHR’s spokesperson in Geneva.

The Government of Azerbaijan is obliged, by the international and regional treaties which it has ratified, to ensure respect for the right to adequate housing, for the prohibition of forced evictions and property rights, as well as for the rights and freedoms of human rights defenders.”

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Uzbekistan: Rights Defender Urlaeva Detained, Beaten

Posted by Info on 21/08/2011

Rights activist Elena Urlaeva has been detained in Namangan , where she was to protest a decision by local authorities to charge three local television journalists with extortion.
She is a leader of the Alliance of Rights Defenders of Uzbekistan.

She has previously been jailed, forcibly admitted to a psychiatric hospital and beaten by men with knives in front of her child on the street in Tashkent.

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Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya / New York/ Movie = A Bitter Taste of Freedom

Posted by Info on 20/08/2011

The 90-minute feature film entitled A Bitter Taste of Freedom had the creator of the most renown documentary-makers to come out of Russia, Los Angeles-based Marina Goldovskaya, whose credits include 28 award-winning productions.

The film director has known Anna Politkovskaya’s family for three decades, and her film paints an in-depth portrait of a woman who had a heart of gold and felt people’s pain more keenly than her own.

A human rights activist famous for her courageous exposure of abuses during the Chechen conflict, the 48-year-old was brutally murdered on her doorstep as she was returning home from work. The crime remains unsolved.

Goldovskaya learned of Politkovskaya’s death from news bulletins, after which she received a phone call from Anna’s children who wondered if her close friend would make a film about their mother.

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Violence Remains ‘Chronic Problem’ in Russia’s North Caucasus

Posted by Info on 20/08/2011

The U.S. Department of State in its annual report on global terrorism threats:
“Terrorist attacks in Russia continued to emanate from the ongoing unrest in the North Caucasus,” the report, released on Thursday, said. “Radical militants calling for a Caliphate within the Caucasus continued to constitute the main terrorist threat.”
A total of 529 terrorist attacks, which killed 218 people and injured 536 others, were registered in Russia as of mid-December last year.
The bloodiest of the attacks were carried out in Russian capital on March 29, when two suicide bombers blew themselves up in Moscow’s busy metro during morning rush hour, killing 40 people and injuring some 100 others. Other major terrorist attacks occurred in the volatile North Caucasus region, particularly in the republics of Dagestan, Ingushetia, North Ossetia, Chechnya, and Kabardino-Balkaria.
“While these attacks were designed to cause mass civilian casualties, far more numerous were attacks targeting security forces and government facilities in the region.”

Last year Dmitry Medvedev signed amendments to the country’s Criminal Code increasing punishment for perpetrating a terrorist attack and promoting terrorist activities. In July, Russia amended its anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing regulations as part of the government’s fight against terrorism.

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