We combat impunity in the North Caucasus

The North Caucasus has remained the most troubled region in Russia in regard to human rights. Human rights defenders in the region are working under very difficult circumstances and are endangering their lives to help victims obtain justice and to highlight the human rights violations in the North Caucasus.

The long-term goal for our cooperation with Russian Justice Initiative (RJI) is to combat impunity for human rights abuses in Chechnya and the North Caucasus, and to promote respect for rights enshrined in the Russian Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights. This is done by pursuing complaints on behalf of victims of grave human rights abuses and their family members within the Russian judicial system and at the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and by ensuring concrete follow-up to ECtHR judgments against Russia.

Together with RJI we have represented around 1.300 victims and victims’ relatives in a total of 210 cases. So far, the ECtHR has decided unanimously in favour in all but one of the 101 judgments involving our clients, finding Russia responsible for substantive violations of the right to life or the right to be free from torture.

We also work actively with other non-governmental organizations, with the governments of the European Council member states and with the media to put joint pressure on Russia. As a result of this, in January 2010 the Russian State Duma ratified protocol 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The purpose of the protocol is to make the work of the European Court more effective and to fasten the processing of the 100,000 cases that have gathered in the Court.

Categories: News.
Tags: ECHR, ECtHR, RJI, and Russian Justice Initiative.
Regions: The North Caucasus.