EHRAC and Memorial submission to CoM on Khashiyev group

Abuses by security forces and law enforcement
North Caucasus Strasbourg
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.