Saturday, April 11, 2009

ECHR Holds Russia Liable for Chechyn Abductions

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) issued decisions in four cases last week holding Russia liable for the abduction and disappearance of six Chechens.  The six Chechen men were abducted from their homes or at work at gunpoint by Russian servicemen and were never heard from again.  The Court presumed them to be dead.  The Court held that Russia had violated the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, article 2 (right to life), article 3 (inhuman treatment as a result of the mental suffering of the applicants), article 5 (unacknowledged detention), and article 13 (ineffective remedy due to failure to properly investigate the disappearances).  The four cases are: Dokayev (no. 16629/05), Dzhabrailova (no. 1586/05), Gaziyeva (no. 15439/05), and Malsagova (no. 27244/03).  The Court ordered Russia to pay 282,000 euro to the families of the victims.  The decisions are subject to appeal. Click here for the ECHR press realease.

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