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Friday, October 05, 2007

The International Herald Tribune reports that, once again, Russia has been convicted of human rights atrocities in Chechnya by the European Court for Human Rights:

The European Court of Human Rights ordered Russian authorities Thursday to pay a total of more than €150,000 (US$212,475) in damages in three cases involving killings or attacks by Russian soldiers in Chechnya in 2000. The cases centered on allegations of life-threatening attacks on two people and the killing of two others in the Chechyen capital of Grozny, with the court ruling that their right to life had been violated. The court also said authorities had failed to carry out a proper investigation. Moscow has denied that its security forces are guilty of atrocities in the southern Muslim republic of Chechnya, where two wars have been fought to re-establish Russian control following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. But survivors and relatives of Chechen victims have recently been seeking reparations from the Strasbourg-based human rights court — and winning. Some 200 cases are still pending.

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