[fyeg_gen-l] HR Activist killed - appeal for support

Natalie Debono ndebono at ba-malta.org
Mon Feb 2 09:16:44 CET 2004


UNITED, an international organisation which FYEG has contacts with has sent
us this email for support as an activist was killed.  If interested, please
read on.

Natalie - Communications: FYEG

UNITED E-News 01/02/04 - Please write support letters!
"The Society for the Russian-Chechen Friendship appeals to all our partners,
public, governmental, international organizations and mass media to do the
outmost to press the state structures of the Russian Federation in order to
investigate the abduction and murder of Aslan Davletukaev and to bring the
guilty to account."
In addition to yesterday's E-news (informing you about the sad news that
Human Rights Activist Aslan Sheripovich Davletukaev from SRCF was killed in
the Chechen Republic) we send you the request from his organisation and the
Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders to send letters to
the Russian authorities and to Aslan's family. Background information and
addresses below.

I hope many NGOs will show their solidarity and will take action!

Please send copies of your letters
cc to:
friend at sinn.ru
info at unitedagainstracism.org
observatoire at iprolink.ch

Thanks!
Geert Ates
UNITED


*** forwarded message 1***

Deer Geert,
It is very important to make our authorities hold a proper investigation
into the murder. I am sending you the text of the Official appeal made by
the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders concerning
Aslan.

And there is one more request. Aslan's family needs backing from people.
They are absolutely dispitited. Could you send them some letters to
encourage them? Aslan's son who is 9 years old, has becomean orphan. His
grandfather is very much afraid for him.

Thank you very much.
Oksana
Society for the Russian-Chechen Friendship
friend at sinn.ru

*** forwarded message 2 ***

URGENT APPEAL - THE OBSERVATORY
RUS 001/0104/OBS 006
Kidnapping/extrajudicial execution
Russian Federation
26 January 2004
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint
programme of the FIDH and the OMCT, requests your urgent intervention in the
following situation in the Russian Federation.

Brief description of the situation:

The Observatory has been informed by the Information Centre of the Society
of Russian-Chechen Friendship (SRCF), that Mr. Aslan Sheripovich
Davletukaev, a SRCF volunteer documenting human rights abuses in Chechnya,
was kidnapped and killed by members of the armed forces of the Russian
Federation at his residence in Chechnya.

On January 10, 2004, at around 10:15 p.m., members of the armed forces of
the Russian Federation kidnapped Mr. Davletukaev while he was at home
watching television with a friend, in the village of Avtury, the Shali
region of the Chechen Republic. According to the information received, there
were some 50 soldiers, some of them (7-8) wearing masks, in three military
armored personnel carriers and two vehicles marked "UAZ". They all spoke
Russian. According to a witness account, the soldiers beat both men and at
gunpoint, kidnapped Mr. Davletukaev. Mr. Davletukaev's family members asked
the SRCF not to announce his son's kidnapping to the media, in the hope that
they could free him by paying a ransom. Kidnapping for financial
profiteering is a common practice in Chechnya.

According to the same sources, in the morning on January 16, 2004, an
inspection unit of the Russian army found Mr. Davletukaev's body near a
highway in Gudermes town. His body bore evidence of torture and mutilation.
Mr. Davletukaev's arms and legs were broken, and some parts of his body were
punctured by a sharp metal object. His death was the result of a bullet
wound in the back of his head. On January 17, 2004, Mr. Davletukaev was
buried in the Avtury cemetery.

The public prosecutor's office of Gudermes, a district of the Chechen
Republic, has initiated legal proceedings concerning Mr. Davletukaev's case.

The Observatory strongly condemns these acts and calls on the Russian
authorities to fulfil their obligations under international and regional
human rights standards, allow Russian non-governmental organizations to
continue freely their work in defending human rights and ensure their
protection under any circumstances.

Actions requested:

Please write to the Russian authorities urging them to:

i. conduct a fair, impartial and independent inquiry into these events, in
order to identify the authors, bring them to justice and pronounce sentences
proportional to the gravity of their crimes;

ii. ensure that Mr. Aslan Davletukaev's family receive adequate reparation;

iii. adopt immediate measures to put an end to all acts of violence against
human rights defenders;

iv. comply with the provisions of the UN Declaration on Human Rights
Defenders, in particular article 1, which states that "everyone has the
right, individually or in association with others, to promote and to strive
for the protection and realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms
at the national and international levels", and article 12(2), which states
"the State shall take all necessary measures to ensure the protection by the
competent authorities of everyone, individually and in association with
others, against any violence, threats, retaliation, de facto or de jure
adverse discrimination, pressure or any other arbitrary action as a
consequence of his or her legitimate exercise of the rights referred to in
the present Declaration".

v. more generally, to comply with the terms of the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights and regional and international mechanisms concerning human
rights, to which the Russian Federation is a party.



Addresses:

Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, President of the Russian Federation, Kremlin,
Moscow, Russia, Faxes:+ 7 095 206 8510, Email: president at gov.ru

President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, c/o the Permanent Mission of the
Russian Federation, Avenue de la Paix 15, 1211 Geneva 20, Switzerland, fax:
+4122 7344044, e-mail: mission.russian at ties.itu.int

Procurator General of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Ustinov, Rossiyskaya
Federatsiya, 103793 g. Moskva K-31, Ul. B. Dimitrovka, d 15a, Prokuratura
Rossiyskoy Federatsii, Generalnomu prokuroru Ustinovu V., Russian
Federation, Fax: + 7 095 292 88 48

Chairwoman of the Presidential Human Rights Commission of the Russian
Federation, Ella Pamfilova, Rossiyskaya Federatsiya,103132 g. Moskva,
Staraya ploshchad, d 8/5,pod 3,Predsedatele Komissii po pravam cheloveka pri
Prezidente, Pamfilove, Elle., Russian Federation, Fax:+70952064855

Nikolai Patrushev, Director General of the Federal Security Service,
Bolshaia Lubianka 1/3, Moscow, Russia, Faxes: + 7 095 975 2470

Ambassadeur, Skotnikov, Leonid, Av. de la Paix 15, CH-1211, Genève 20,
Suisse, e-mail : mission.russian at ties.itu.int, fax: +4122 734 40 44

Minister of Internal Affairs, Boris Gryzlov, ul. Zhitnaya, 16, 117049
Moscow, Russian Federation, Telegram: Rossiia, 117049, Moskva, Ministru
vnutrennykh del, Fax: + 7 095 237 49 25

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Igor Ivanov, Smolenskaya-Sennaya pl, 32/34,
121200 Moscow, Russian Federation, Telegram:  Rossiia, 121200 Moskva,
Ministru inostrannykh del, Fax:+ 7 095 244 2203


Paris - Geneva, January 26, 2004

Kindly inform the Observatory of any action undertaken quoting the code
number of this appeal in your reply.

The Observatory, an FIDH and OMCT venture, is dedicated to the protection of
Human Rights Defenders and aims to offer them concrete support in their time
of need.

To contact the Observatory, call the emergency line:
Tel and fax: FIDH : +33 (0) 1 43 55 20 11 / 43 55 18 80
Tel and fax  OMCT : (+ 41 22) 809 49 39 / 809 49 29
E-mail : observatoire at iprolink.ch




*** forwarded message 3 ***

THE APPEAL OF THE INTER-REGIONAL PUBLIC ORGANIZATION
"THE SOCIETY FOR THE RUSSIAN-CHECHEN FRIENDSHIP"
Concerning the murder of a volunteer of the SRCF Aslan Davletukaev in  the
Chechen Republic

On January 16, 2004 representatives of the force structures of the Russian
Federation murdered one more human rights defender in Chechnya. This time a
volunteer of the inter-regional public organization "The Society for the
Russian-Chechen Friendship" Aslan Davletukaev became the victim of military
and police arbitrariness. The activist of this public organization was
abducted, tortured and then killed.
On January 10, 2004 at about 22.15 Aslan Sheripovich Davletukaev (born in
1973) was abducted by representatives of the force structures of the Russian
Federation in Avtury village, Shali district of the Chechen Republic.  At
the time of the abduction the victim was at home at the address 41
Ordjonikidze Street. He was watching TV together with a friend of his (his
name isn't revealed for fears of his safety). There were around 50
kidnappers who arrived in three military armoured personnel carries and two
vehicles marked "UAZ". As stated by the witness, some of the kidnappers
(7-8) wore masks, and those who didn't had an Asiatic appearance. They all
spoke Russian. Under gunpoint, the soldiers took only Aslan Davletukaev
away, although both men were beaten.

The criminals had burst into Davletukaev's neighbours the Isuevs' house
before they broke into his house. The owner of the house Magomed Isuev and
his two younger sisters (aged 13 and 15) were in the house at that time. The
military seized Magomed and dragged him to the door. The girls seized them
by their clothes and started screaming. Then one of the servicemen said
something like that, "This isn't the right house. Let's go to the other
oneŠ" After that the criminals set Magomed Isuev free and went to the
Davletukaevs' house. Magomed Isuev and his sisters think that the criminals
must have come to the wrong door judging by their behavior. Thus, the
military operation must have been aimed at the detention of Aslan
Davletukaev, to all appearances.

As stated by the witness, the abductors drove Davletukaev away from Avtury
village in the direction of the district center Shali.  At the outskirt of
the village the motorized column stopped and the servicemen fired several
shots in the direction of Shali. Then the column might have made their way
towards the place where a unit of the Military Intelligence Service at the
General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation is dislocated in
the vicinity of Avtury village.

Since the very moment of Aslan Davletukaev's abduction his relatives
together with activists of the Society for the Russian-Chechen Friendship,
including Imaran Ezhiev and Khamzat Kuchiev, searched for the abducted man
using both officials and non-official channels. Aslan's father Sherip
Davletukaev forbade the SRCF to announce news of his son's kidnapping to the
media, as he hoped to find and free his son by paying ransom. Kidnappings
for financial profiteering is common practise of the Russian and internal
forces in the Chechen Republic.

On the morning of January 16th 2004 near a highway into Gudermes town,
reconnaissance units of the Russian army found the body of Aslan Davletukaev
bearing evidence of torture and mutilation. Aslan's arms and legs were
broken, others parts of his body punctured by a sharp metal object. Death
was the result of a bullet wound in the back of the head.

Aslan's body was delivered to Mozdok (the Republic of the North
Ossetia-Alania) where the post-mortem was carried out. On January 18, 2004
Aslan Davletukaev's relatives identified him in Mozdok. On January 19, 2004
Aslan Davletukaev was buried in the cemetery of Avtury village.

Gudermes district public prosecutor's office initiated legal case Ð 35002 to
investigate the murder of Davletukaev. The investigator is Andrey Rotov.

Aslan Davletukaev collected information on the human rights violations in
the Chechen Republic since 2000 for the Information Center at the Society
for the Russian-Chechen Friendship. He was a serviceman of the Avtury
village militia office till 2003. He got his discharge because he realized
the fact that the local law-enforcement structures were absolutely powerless
to stop the arbitrariness of the federal force structures, as he confessedly
said once.  In 2002 - 2003 Aslan accompanied the Ombudsman in the Russian
Federation Oleg Mironov and the chairperson of the Moscow Helsinki Group
Lyudmila Alekseeva in their trips to the Chechen Republic and he organized
their meetings with the victims. It goes without saying, that being a
serviceman of the Interior Affairs Ministry of the Chechen Republic, Aslan
could get accurate information concerning human rights violations and war
crimes.

Aslan Davletukaev shared the fate of thousands of other sons and daughters
of the long-suffering people of Chechnya who were tormented to death.  The
Society for the Russian-Chechen Friendship is inclined to think Aslan
Davletukaev's human rights activity was the cause for his abduction and
murder. But in any case such a mean crime evidences both the true aims of
the authorities of the Russian Federation in Chechnya and the value of the
statements of the Kremlin that "peaceful life" has been established after
the so-called referendum and presidential elections. The Society for the
Russian-Chechen Friendship regards the abduction and murder of Aslan
Davletukaev as one more act of the state terrorism against the population of
the Chechen Republic. It is one more episode in the on-going extermination
of political and ideological opponents by the current regime of the Chechen
Republic.

It is important to mention the fact that it has been the fourth death of an
activist of our organization since 2000. The involvement of the Russian
force structures into, at least, two of them is evident.   As for the other
two cases their involvement is highly probable. One more volunteer of the
SRCF Arthur Akhmatkhanov has been on the list of missing people since April
2003 after his abduction by Russian military men in Shali town of the
Chechen Republic. None of these crimes have been investigated so far. None
of the guilty has been punished.

We express our concern with the fact that the criminal case haven't been
passed to the military procurator's office although it is evident that
servicemen of the federal forces were involved into the crime. The Society
for the Russian-Chechen Friendship regards this fact as a sign of the
reluctance of the authorities to carry out an unbiased investigation into
the circumstances of the forced death of the human rights person. It also
evidences the attempt of the authorities to hide criminals with shoulder
straps from criminal prosecution.

The Society for the Russian-Chechen Friendship appeals to all our partners,
public, governmental, international organizations and mass media to do the
outmost to press the state structures of the Russian Federation in order to
investigate the abduction and murder of Aslan Davletukaev and to bring the
guilty to account.    .

The managing director
Stanislav Dmitrievsky

26.01.2004


603 106
Russia
Nizhny Novgorod
2 Admiral Vasyunin St., office 27
+ (7-8312) 17 16 66
friend at sinn.ru


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