EHRAC and Memorial submission to CoM on Khashiyev group

25 February 2015

On 19 February, EHRAC and Memorial Human Rights Centre sent a submission to the Committee of Ministers (CoM) of the Council of Europe with regards to the implementation of the ‘Khashiyev & Akayeva group’ of cases. This group concerns a number of cases from Chechnya in the period 2000-2006, arising from the conflict. This includes cases of aerial bombardment, extra-judicial killings, enforced disappearances and torture. The majority of these cases involved a violation of the right to life, under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights. EHRAC and Memorial made the submission following a submission by the Russian government in January 2015, which made clear that no meaningful steps had been taken to implement previous recommendations by the CoM.