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Thursday, 14 February 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

The situation in Chechnya, and the case of Oyub Titiev
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  Charles Tannock, author. – Mr President, it is now over a year since Oyub Titiev was arrested on trumped—up drug charges, clearly targeted in response to his continued actions in documenting and exposing human rights abuses in Chechnya. The Russian federal authorities have so far failed to investigate the extrajudicial killing of 27 men two years ago, and Titiev, Head of the Chechen Memorial Office remains in pre-trial detention a year after his arrest.

Russia has international commitments to protect human rights defenders, and they should take heed of the OSCE report that calls for Mr Titiev’s trial to be moved out of Chechnya and for him to be released immediately. It’s also time for the ICC to carry out meaningful investigations into the alleged crimes against humanity during the second Chechen war. These persistent human rights abuses under the watch of President Kadyrov cannot be allowed to continue unchecked. It is a disgrace.

 
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