Threats against Ingush human rights organisation

Magomed Mutsolgov, Photo Tina Axelsson

Magomed Mutsolgov, Photo Tina Axelsson

Civil Rights Defenders is greatly concerned about the security situation of Mr. Magomed Mutsolgov, head of the human rights organisation MASHR, and his colleagues. The Russian government must fulfill its responsibility to protect human rights defenders against any violence, retaliation and intimidation as a consequence of their work. It is also imporatant to ensure a prompt and impartial investigation into violations committed against human rights defenders in accordance with the 1998 UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, Civil Rights Defenders said in a letter sent to Russian authorities and journalists.

Mr. Magomed Mutsolgov is the head of MASHR, the first Ingush human rights organisation, established in 2005, offering free legal advice and assistance on cases involving disappearances, extrajudicial executions and torture, as well as nurturing local, independent human rights organisations in Ingushetia, Russia.

The organisation’s activities have not gone unnoticed by the local authorities: since 2004, four attempts have been made on Mr. Mutsolgov’s life and two attempts to kidnap him have taken place, other members of the organization have been targeted by local law enforcement in 2008 (Mr. Zurab Tsechoev), in 2010 (Mr. Khamzat Tsechoev) and most recently in March 2012 (Mr. Murad Yandiev), at which occasion the Nazran police station pronounced death threats against Mr. Mutsolgov as well as threats of physical assault against him and his family. Other recent attempts to put pressure on the organization and its members include articles written to discredit the organization and Mr. Mutsolgov personally and published in the media controlled by the Ingush government.

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Stockholm June 19, 2012

On the Security Situation of Mr. Mutsolgov and Members of the Ingush Organisation MASHR

Mr. Magomed Mutsolgov is the head of MASHR, the first Ingush human rights organization, established in 2005, offering free legal advice and assistance on cases involving disappearances, extrajudicial executions and torture, as well as nurturing local, independent human rights organizations in Ingushetia, Russia.

The organization’s activities have not gone unnoticed by the local authorities: since 2004, four attempts have been made on Mr. Mutsolgov’s life and two attempts to kidnap him have taken place, other members of the organization have been targeted by local law enforcement in 2008 (Mr. Zurab Tsechoev), in 2010 (Mr. Khamzat Tsechoev) and most recently in March 2012 (Mr. Murad Yandiev), at which occasion the Nazran police station pronounced death threats against Mr. Mutsolgov as well as threats of physical assault against him and his family. Other recent attempts to put pressure on the organization and its members include articles written to discredit the organization and Mr. Mutsolgov personally and published in the media controlled by the Ingush government.

Civil Rights Defenders is greatly concerned about the security situation of Mr. Mutsolgov and other MASHR members and calls on the government of the Russian Federation to fulfill its responsibility to protect human rights defenders against any violence, retaliation and intimidation as a consequence of their human rights work as well as to ensure a prompt and impartial investigation into violations committed against human rights defenders in accordance with the 1998 UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders.

For more information contact Marie Månson, Programme Director: marie.manson@civilrightsdefenders.org, + 46 709 89 60 10

Categories: Statements.
Tags: Mashr and Violence against human rights defenders.
Regions: The North Caucasus.