Freedom House Deplores Terrorist Attacks in Moscow, Calls for Respect of Civil Liberties in Aftermath | Freedom House

Freedom House Deplores Terrorist Attacks in Moscow, Calls for Respect of Civil Liberties in Aftermath

Washington
Freedom House deplores the terrorist attacks on the subway in Moscow Monday morning and extends condolences to the family members of the victims.
 
Russian authorities have indicated they believe the two female suicide bombers are from the North Caucasus, a region in southern Russia. The region has been plagued by violence since the Chechen independence struggle in 1990’s and a decade-long counter-terrorist operation since 2000 by the Russian military. Human rights violations perpetrated by both the Russian security services and by radical opposition groups have been endemic in the North Caucasus throughout the conflict, although attacks outside the region have been rare.  These were the first terrorist attacks in the Russian capital since 2004.
 
“Even the most institutionalized democracies struggle to balance civil liberties with national security concerns following such a tragic event,” said Jennifer Windsor, executive director of Freedom House. “Freedom House calls upon the Russian government to conduct its investigation of these attacks with as much transparency as possible and to adhere to international standards of human rights in bringing the perpetrators to justice.”
 
Russia is ranked Not Free in Freedom in the World 2010, Freedom House's survey of political rights and civil liberties, and Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2009.
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