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Chechnya Risk Becoming the Next North Korea

On Monday evening, 22 January, a car belonging to the Russian human rights group Memorial was torched in Makhachkala, Dagestan. Photo: Memorial

The ongoing campaign to oust the last critical voice from the Russian constituent republic of Chechnya is escalating. If Memorial, the last remaining human rights organisation on the ground, is forced to leave the republic, the local dictator Ramzan Kadyrov will have free rein to propagate a distorted, cleaned-up image of Chechnya. If we do not want a new North Korea in the world, the politicians of the West must act forcefully, today.

Seminar: Silence Over Chechnya – Oppression and Violence out of the Spotlight

On 22 February, Olga Sadovskaja and Oleg Orlov visit Civil Rights Defenders in Stockholm to speak about the deteriorating situation for human rights in Chechnya, North Caucasus. Photo (right): Anna Artemyeva.

The ongoing campaign to oust the last critical voice from the Chechnya is escalating. If the human rights group Memorial is forced to leave, we will have few ways of knowing what human rights violations are committed in the republic. Civil Rights Defenders invites you to a seminar with leading experts from Chechnya to examine the current human rights situation in region, the role played by the Russian Federation and what actions the international community can take in response to the situation.

Intensified Attacks Against Leading Russian Rights Group: “The Car is Just a Warning”

On Monday evening, 22 January, a car belonging to the Russian human rights group Memorial was torched in Makhachkala, Dagestan. Photo: Memorial

The recent series of threats and harassment of Russian human rights group Memorial over their work in the Republic of Chechnya seem to have no end. On Monday evening, 22 January, a car belonging to the organisation was torched in Makhachkala, Dagestan, and the local staff received multiple sms threats saying “Shut down! Next time we’ll burn your office, with you inside. The car is just a warning.”

Human Rights Group Memorial Hit by Arson Attack In North Caucasus

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Two unidentified men in masks have broken into and torched the Nazran office of Russian human rights organisation Memorial. The attack comes only a week after the arrest of Oyub Titiev, leader of Memorial’s Chechnya office. Civil Rights Defenders condemns in the strongest terms the recent attacks and demands Russia put all efforts necessary into ensuring the security and safety of human rights defenders in the region.

“Foreign agents” law now in effect – NGOs’ premises vandalised

Photo: Yuliya Klimova, Memorial

The Night Watch – this is what a group of about 20 Russia Young activists called the late-night act of vandalism on the premises of internationally funded Russian human rights organisations as well as the picket in front of Transparency International later that day. At least two organisations’ premises were vandalised with chalk drawings saying “foreign agent” and “I love USA” on their buildings on the same day as the “foreign agents” law came into effect.

Discussion about Sweden’s and the EU’s politics regarding Russia

Oksana Tjelysjeva är verksam inom Rysk-tjetjenska vänskapsförbundet och kolumnist för den oberoende tidningen Novaja Gazeta. Usam Bajsajev arbetar för den ryska människorättsorganisationen Memorial, som i år tilldelats det prestigefulla Sacharovpriset. Ingmar Oldberg är Rysslandsexpert och associerad forskare vid Utrikespolitiska institutet. Robert Hårdh är chef för Civil Rights Defenders. Martin Uggla är ordförande i Östgruppen för […]