Published: 1 Dec 2009

EHRAC Bulletin Winter 2009

EHRAC Bulletin

Issue 12 of the EHRAC Bulletin is now available online. Please click the link below to read the full issue.

Forty years on from the Stonewall riots in New York and only ten years after homosexuality was removed from the list of mental disorders in the Russian Federation, Nikolai Alekseev (Head of LGBT Human Rights Project, GayRussia.Ru and Moscow Pride Chief Organiser) explains some of the challenges that Russia’s gay community still faces today and particularly the difficulties and discrimination surrounding freedom of assembly. Also in this edition, Bakanai Guseynova (EHRAC- Memorial lawyer) writes candidly about the continued problem of forced disappearances in Dagestan and the attempts being made to litigate before the ECtHR as a means of redress for the flawed or non-existent investigations which currently prevail in the region.

On a similar theme and following the recommendation of the UN Human Rights Council that the Russian Federation accede to the Optional Protocol of the Convention against Torture, Tatiana Chernikova (EHRAC-Memorial lawyer) discusses some of the legal and practical difficulties which have arisen in litigating on behalf of some of the ‘Nalchik detainees’ who allege that they were tortured whilst in custody in Kabardino-Balkaria. Elsewhere, Grigor Avetisyan (EHRAC-Memorial lawyer) discusses the challenging question of monitoring effective disclosure by the Russian Federation in cases before the ECtHR.

From Georgia, Ketevan Abashidze (EHRAC-GYLA lawyer) reports on the regulation of the interception of telephone communications in the light of recent ECtHR jurisprudence, and continuing with our exploration of the legal impact of the 2008 South Ossetian conflict, Furkat Tishaev (EHRAC-Memorial lawyer) discusses the issues raised by Georgia’s application against Russia at the International Court of Justice.