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ECHR Asks Russia To Verify Location Of Kidnapped Resident Of Chechnya

Posted by Info on 03/08/2011

The European Court of Human Rights for the first time in its practice concerning Northern Caucasus demanded from the Russian Federation to take urgent and concrete measures to secure safety of Tamerlan Suleimanov kidnapped in Grozny this May.

The kidnapping took place on May, 9 in Grozny and was reported by eye-witnesses. In the afternoon a group of armed people wearing black military uniforms drove up to “Mustang” auto repair station, beat one of its workers up to the loss of consciousness, threw him into their car and left. It was found out later that on May, 7, Tamerlan Suleimanov was also captured by personnel of unidentified power ministries who tortured him making him confess to preparation of an act of terror. However, the kidnapped man was released then.

On May, 24, “Memorial” Human Rights Center submitted a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of the kidnapped man’s father and a request of application of Rule 39 of the Regulations of the Court according to which the Court can oblige the respondent state to take urgent and concrete measures.

On July, 26, taking into consideration an additional information HRC “Memorial” submitted one more request of application of Rule 39.
The European Court requested for a comment from the Government of the Russian Federation on the probability of Suleimanov’s being in the “base” in the settlement of Yalkhoy-Mohk…
The Court also pointed out the necessity of taking measures to establish whether Suleimanov was kept in that place.

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Russia: Chechen Human Rights Lawyer Threatened

Posted by Info on 03/08/2011

The Committee against Torture, a Russian nongovernmental organization based in Nizhny Novgorod, leads the Joint Mobile Group in Chechnya, which was established in November 2009 to fight impunity for serious abuses by law enforcement agencies in Chechnya. The Committee against Torture closely cooperate with the Mobile Group and help with sensitive cases, including enforced disappearances and torture.

In 2011, the Mobile Group received the Front Line Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk and the Human Rights Prize of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe for its courageous work in Chechnya.

Supyan Baskhanov, a lawyer who runs the Grozny office of the Committee against Torture, said that a senior police officer from Chechnya’s Vedeno district on July 28, 2011, warned him that police authorities were planning to accuse him of collaborating with insurgents and to have his law license revoked.

The Committee against Torture immediately filed a complaint about the unlawful dispersal of the rally and the threats against its local staff with Grozny’s Leninsky district office of the Russian Federation Investigation Committee for Chechnya. However, the office refused to open a criminal case, alleging that the investigator in charge was “unable to procure sufficient evidence pointing to a criminal act.”

Threats and harassment against human rights defenders in Chechnya have increased since the still unpunished murder of Natasha Estemirova, a leading Chechen human rights defender, who was kidnapped from near her apartment building in Grozny and killed on July 15, 2009.

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