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Saturday, February 12, 2011

ECHR found Russia liable for Chechnya disappearances

On February 12, 2010, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that Russia breached the European Convention on Human Rights in two cases concerning disappearances in Chechnya. In the cases of Razman Guluyeva and Islam Dubayev, the ECHR held that Russia violated the right to life, the right to liberty and security, the right to an effective remedy, and prohibitions on inhuman or degrading treatment. Relatives of Guluyev brought the first case before the court, arguing that the Russian authorities had failed to properly investigate Guluyev's 2002 disappearance after he was taken from his home in Grozny by armed men in camouflage uniforms. Applicants in the second case were relatives of Dunbayev and Roman Bersnukayev, members of an armed militia in the Caucuses, who were abducted from the town of Urus-Martan in 2000 and 2001. Russia has been ordered to pay damages in both instances.

Learn more about Chechnya and the ECHR from the JURIST news archive.

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