Mothers of Dagestan turns five

Svetlana Isaeva, photo: Civil Rights Defenders
On 18 October the human rights organisation Mothers of Dagestan celebrates five year as an organisation. This organisation places itself on the victim’s side in the armed conflict between the Russian government forces and the separatists and has been a partner of Civil Rights Defenders for several years.

In the picture is Svetlana Isayeva, one of the founders of the organisation. In 2007 her son was accused of having connections with the rebels. Then he disappeared. He was taken by the security forces and Svetlana has still not heard a word about what has happened to him.

Despite the great risks aimed at her and her family, she now works in the organisation that during the years 2009-2010 handled 144 cases of severe human rights violations like disappearances, extrajudicial executions, fabricated criminal charges and kidnappings.

”I have been through almost everything. I have been followed by cars with tinted windows, our office is under constant surveillance and we have been threatened by law enforcement authorities”, Svetlana says.

But she and her colleagues still carries on: ” I want to help others who are in the same situation as me”.

Svetlana Isayeva is Civil Rights Defenders Human rights defender of the month for February 2012.

Categories: Achievements.
Tags: North Caucasus conference and Stockholm process.
Regions: The North Caucasus.