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November 8th 2001 · Prague Watchdog · PRINTER FRIENDLY FORMAT · E-MAIL THIS

Human Rights Materials - October 2001

Human Rights Materials - October 2001

October 1, Human Rights Watch

EUROPE STAY FIRM ON CHECHNYA

Following the US declaration of war against terrorism and the Russian attempt to portray the Russian-Chechen conflict as a part of the worldwide campaign against terrorism, several human rights organisations called on the world leaders and representatives of the European Union and NATO to keep a firm stand on human rights abuses in Chechnya in this world atmosphere. The common struggle against terrorism should not mean condoning human rights abuse in Chechnya.

THE HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH'S STATEMENT IS AVAILABLE HERE
OPEN LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE E.U. IS AVAILABLE HERE
OPEN LETTER TO NATO SECRETARY GENERAL IS AVAILABLE HERE

ANNA POLITKOVSKAYA

One of Russia's best known journalists Anna Politkovskaya, of the popular Novaya Gazeta newspaper, has won her reputation for exposing violations of human rights and other illegal activities committed by the federal forces in Chechnya. In the month of October (especially in reaction to her article entitled "People Disappearing" about alleged summary executions and torture committed by a unit of Interior Ministry troops from Khanty-Mansiysk, serving in the Oktyabrsky district of the Chechen capital Grozny), she started to receive threats from various sources and was forced to flee Russia.

October 9, Human Rights Online
HISTORICAL MARCH

An interview with exiled Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya.

THE WHOLE INTERVIEW IN RUSSIAN IS AVAILABLE HERE

October 15, Norwegian Helsinki Committee

FORGOTTEN TERROR: CHECHNYA OCTOBER 2001

Report from Fact-Finding Mission to the Russian Federation (Moscow and the Republic of Ingushetia) 27 September to 7 October 2001 based on meetings with international organisations, federal representatives, local officials, other relevant individuals, and with international, Russian and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The mission visited a total of seven camps for internally displaced persons and two hospitals in the regions of Nazran, Karabulak and Sleptsovskaya. During visits to both “organized” and “spontaneous” camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs), as well as to private apartments, the NHC was in touch with a large number of IDPs from Chechnya and interviewed around 30 of them. Given that a substantial number of people were approached and interviewed separately, the information we received could be cross-checked with regard to the general outline of the events.

THE WHOLE REPORT IS AVAILABLE HERE

October 23, Memorial

“CLEANSING OPERATIONS“ IN THE FOOTHILL VILLAGES

New report by the Human Rights Centre “Memorial” on four cleansing operations conducted by the federal troops in the foothill villages Starye and Novye Atagi, Chiri-Yurt, Duba-Yurt between September 26 and October 6.

THE WHOLE REPORT IN RUSSIAN IS AVAILABLE HERE

October 23, Memorial

PROTEST ACTIVITIES IN THE VILLAGE PRIGORODNOYE

In reaction to a murder of an 11-year old boy and serious wounding of several other innocent villagers, on October 7 the inhabitants of Prigorodnoye launched a protest against frequent lawless beating, shooting and killing of civilians.

THE WHOLE REPORT IN RUSSIAN IS AVAILABLE HERE

October 24, Memorial

EIGHT CIVILIANS KILLED IN THE SETTLEMENT OF KATAYAMA BETWEEN OCTOBER 10 – 17

The human rights centre "Memorial" brings new report on arbitrary killings of civilians in Chechnya.
THE WHOLE REPORT IN RUSSIAN IS AVAILABLE HERE

October 26, Memorial

"CLEANSING OPERATION" IN THE VILLAGE OF ALKHAZUROVO, OCT. 8-11

The human rights centre "Memorial" brings new report on arbitrary killings of civilians in Chechnya.

THE WHOLE REPORT IN RUSSIAN IS AVAILABLE HERE

PRAGUE WATCHDOG / Ruslan Isayev

Prague Watchdog offers running reports on the current human rights situation by our North Caucasus correspondent. Selection of those is available below:

CHIRI-YURT VILLAGERS ASK OSCE, JOURNALISTS FOR HELP – Oct. 3
THE REPORT IS AVAILABLE HERE

CHECHNYA - A TERRITORY OF LAWLESSNESS AND DESPAIR – Oct. 19
THE REPORT IS AVAILABLE HERE

ALKHAZUROVO VILLAGERS COMPLAIN ABOUT RUSSIAN SOLDIERS’ CONDUCT – Oct. 23
THE REPORT IS AVAILABLE HERE

SHALI IS GETTING READY FOR LARGE-SCALE „MOPPING-UP OPERATION“ – Oct. 27
THE REPORT IS AVAILABLE HERE

RUSSIAN SOLDIERS RETURN THE BODIES OF TWO KILLED FROM KOMSOMOLSKOYE – Oct. 30
THE REPORT IS AVAILABLE HERE

June 1-28, July 2- 30 Society of the Chechen – Russian Friendship

PRESS RELEASES 123-133

Press releases of the Society of the Russian-Chechen Friendship provide running reports written by local correspondents of the Society, summarizing major incidents in the month of October, providing lists of people detained in Chechnya, and describing infamous “mopping-up operations” at various places around the republic. Although the site is often difficult to access and the unique reports are mostly in Russian, the information provided is the only continuous series of first-hand accounts written by local Chechen residents.

ALL PRESS RELEASE IN RUSSIAN ARE AVAILABLE HERE

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