Russia: End of judicial harassment for three human rights defenders

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End of judicial harassment for Stanislav Dmitrievsky, Head of the human rights organisation Russian-Chechen Friendship Society (RCFS), Ousam Baysaev, a staff person of the Memorial Human Rights Center, and Oksana Chelysheva, board member of the Finnish-Russian Citizens’ Forum, as co-authors of the 1,200-page book titled “International Tribunal for Chechnya. Legal Perspectives of bringing the responsible to individual criminal accountability for the crimes against humanity perpetrated in the course of the armed conflict in Chechnya”, published in 2009.

The FIDH, through the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme with the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) had closely monitored the situation and published a number of urgent appeals to secure the end of this judicial harassment. On July 2, 2013, Judge Olga Khaydukova of Dzerzhinsk Town Court of Nizhny Novgorod Region rejected the lawsuit filed by the Prosecutor’s Office of Nizhny Novgorod Region to ban the above-mentioned book, refusing to recognise the two-volume legal study as extremist. The Judge based her decision upon the conclusions of the new experts’ evaluation of the book accomplished by two specialists from the ”Applied Linguistics Laboratory”, in Moscow, which concluded that the book under their analysis “was an example of a scientific work of anti-extremist rather than extremist character”.

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