Published: 1 Dec 2004

EHRAC Bulletin Winter 2004

EHRAC Bulletin

Issue 2 of the EHRAC Bulletin is now available online. Please click the link below to read the full issue.

This second edition of the Memorial-EHRAC Bulletin includes a focus on United Nations human rights mechanisms. Since having been appointed in July 2004, Professor Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions has already sought permission from the Russian authorities to make a visit to Chechnya, but his request was refused. The table on pages 8-9 provides contact details of both the UN non-Treaty-based mechanisms (the Working Groups, Special Rapporteurs and Special Representatives) and the Treaty-based mechanisms. We discuss the recent “alternative” reports submitted by Russian NGOs to both the UN Committee against Torture and the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The latest reports from the Russian government are scheduled to be considered by the Committee on the Rights of the Child in September 2005, and by the Committee against Torture in November 2006.

Also in this edition, Tatiana Tomaeva (Institute for Religion and Law) considers the right to freedom of religion in the light of the case of Moscow Branch of The Salvation Army v. Russia. Drew Holiner (St. Petersburg International Bar) analyses the implications of recent Strasbourg judgments concerning Russia, and Kirill Koroteev (Memorial-EHRAC) discusses the obligation to exhaust effective domestic remedies in the Russian context. Simon Moss (EHRAC) outlines the key aspects of the reports by the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe on Chechnya in 2004. We consider also the recent groundbreaking European Court judgments in Assanidze v. Georgia and Ilascu and others v. Moldova and Russia.