Activists From Chechnya Raise Awareness About Abuses
July 26, 2010
Freedom House recently helped to organize a briefing on the human rights situation in Chechnya, hosted by the Commission for Security and Cooperation in Europe, entitled “In the Eye of the Storm: Chechnya and the Mounting Violence in the North Caucasus.” The American Committee for Peace in the Caucasus, a project of Freedom House, invited two human rights experts on Chechnya, Mr. Igor Kalyapin and Ms. Elena Milashina, and a victim of human rights abuses, Mrs. Raisa Turlueva, to testify at the hearing. Their compelling, personal testimonies not only gave a firsthand account of the rights abuses and climate of fear that persist in Chechnya and the neighboring republics, but served as a call to action for the U.S. government to urge the Russian authorities to take appropriate steps to end the harassment, persecution and attacks against activists in the North Caucasus.
To view the full transcript of the briefing, click here.