Documentation Center regarding North Caucasus

Civil Rights Defenders has adopted a resolution on the establishment of the Natalia Estemirova Documentation Center together with a group of nine leading Russian and international human rights organizations.

The Natalia Estemirova Documentation Center will collect and systemize records of past and ongoing human rights violations in the North Caucasus.  The founding of the Center is an important step towards preserving historical memory and will contribute to the fight against impunity and the establishment of peace and justice in the North Caucasus region.

It was the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), which urged the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe last June to consider creating a record-keeping system with the collaboration of non-governmental organizations “in the firm belief that genuine lasting conciliation has to be attained through an effort of recollection and truth.”

The Center’s name was chosen to honour the late Natalia Estemirova, our colleague and human rights lawyer at Memorial Human Rights Center, who was abducted in Grozny, Chechnya, on 15 July 2009 and later that day found shot dead in neighbouring Ingushetia.

For a full text version of the Resolution on the Establishment of the Natalia Estemirova Documentation Center.

For a full text version of the PACE Resolution on Legal remedies for human rights violations in the North-Caucasus Region; click here.

Categories: News.
Tags: Impunity, Memorial, and Natalia Estemirova.
Regions: The North Caucasus.