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13 Sep 2007 description

Russian delegation insists on excluding an independent group

Vienna, 13 September 2007.

16 May 2007 description

Executive Summary

Following the death on 10 July 2006 of Shamil Basaev, the leader of a Chechen armed resistance fraction responsible for numerous terrorist attacks, Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) director Nikolai Patrushev, on behalf of the anti-terrorist committee of the Russian Federation, called on all members of illegal armed groups in Chechnya to lay down their arms within two weeks.

27 Mar 2007 description


In 2006 the delegation of law enforcement and security responsibilities from federal authorities to local power structures in Chechnya was practically completed.

13 Oct 2006 description

Vienna, 13 October 2006. Today, the Court of the Nizhny Novgorod Region ruled to close down the Russian-Chechen Friendship Society (RCFS). The motivational part of the ruling outlining the reasons behind this judicial decision will be sent to the RCFS within the next five days. As the RCFS already appealed this decision with the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation the court decision on liquidation of the organization has not entered into force yet.

15 Mar 2005 description

Vienna, 15 March 2005. The International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF) is concerned about the continued legal effort initiated by the Prosecutor's office of Ingushetia to bring to a halt the activities of the human rights NGO Chechen Committee for National Salvation (ChCNS), a member of the network of the All-Russia Movement for Human Rights. The organisation is again on the verge of being closed after a new trial was ordered by the Supreme Court, invalidating a prior verdict in favor of the NGO.

02 Nov 2004 description

Vienna, 2 November 2004. The second phase of the armed conflict in the Chechen Republic, defined by the Russian Federation as a "counter-terrorist operation" has lasted five years. Civilians represent the primary victims of this conflict, and blatant violations of human rights and humanitarian law have been pervasive. The climate of impunity dominates the situation in and around Chechnya.

01 Apr 2004 description

Vienna, 1 April 2004. Although there are still 600 persons officially living in 'Sputnik' camp, with another 400 who have been arbitrarily removed from registration lists beforehand but stayed there, from today on one of the two last remaining tent camps in Ingushetia, the camp 'Sputnik' is declared officially closed as of April 1, 2004, with the relevant order of the Federal Migration Service in the beginning of March.

02 Dec 2003 description

Can the OSCE be effective in addressing the worst human rights problem in the region?

27 Oct 2003 description

Vienna, 27 October 2003. The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe should use the opportunity of its session on 5-6 November 2003 in Chisinau/Moldova to address the human rights situation in the Chechen Republic in a manner demanded by the gravity of the abuses there.

10 Sep 2003 description

Vienna, September 2003 - The International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF) is a non-governmental organization that seeks to promote compliance with the human rights provisions of the Helsinki Final Act and its follow-up documents. In addition to supporting and providing liaison among 41 Helsinki committees and cooperating organizations, the IHF has direct links with human rights activists in countries where no Helsinki committees exist. It has consultative status with the United Nations and the Council of Europe.

18 Jul 2003 description

Moscow, 18 July 2003. As part of its on-going monitoring of human rights problems in Chechnya, the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF) dispatched a five-member mission to Ingushetiya and Chechnya from 13 - 17 July. On 15 July a team visited Grozny. The delegation consisted of Aage Borchgrevink of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, Krassimir Kanev of the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee, Jan ter Laak of the Netherlands Helsinki Committee, Aleksandr Lyuboslavski of the Moscow Helsinki Group and Vladimir Weissman of the IHF.

02 Apr 2003 description

Statement on behalf of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights, International League for Human Rights and International Service for Human Rights, 59th Session of the Commission on Human Rights, Agenda item 9 - Chechnya

31 Mar 2003 description

Piatigorsk, North Caucasus, 31 March 2003,- We, the participants of the seminar, "Chechnya: The protection of individual rights and armed conflict", held in Piatigorsk, North Caucasus, 28-30 March 2003,

22 Jan 2003 description

Moscow, 22 January 2003. While the Russian state takes steps to push displaced Chechens out of IDP camps and has organized a constitutional referendum in Chechnya for 23 March 2003 - promoting the notion that the situation is being "normalized" - civilians continue to be abducted, beaten, tortured and murdered by Russian military and security forces.

20 Dec 2002 description

Moscow/Vienna, 20 December 2002 - The International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF) and the Moscow Helsinki Group (MHG) today condemned the lack of accountability for serious crimes committed by Russian forces against civilians in the course of the armed conflict in Chechnya. The condemnation came as the Moscow-based Serbsky psychiatric institute declared Colonel Yuri Budanov "temporarily insane" as he strangled to death eighteen-year-old Kheda Kungaeva on 26 March 2000. This declaration is likely to lead to an acquittal of Colonel Budanov on murder charges.

24 Oct 2002 description

Moscow/Vienna, 24 October 2002. - The International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF) condemns the mass hostage taking at a Moscow theatre by armed Chechen fighters. On 23 October at approximately 9:00 p.m., up to forty armed men and women reportedly violently seized the theatre where approximately 800 members of the public had gathered to watch a popular musical.

17 Oct 2001 description

Report from Fact-Finding Mission to the Russian Federation (Moscow and the Republic of Ingushetia) 27 September to 7 October 2001
The Norwegian Helsinki Committee

I. Background