Human rights in the Caucasus Emirate

Human Rights Watch has been documenting human rights abuses in Russia’s turbulent North Caucasus region for close to two decades. In recent years, our work in the region has been largely focused on the situations in Chechnya and Dagestan.

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In conclusion, please allow me to suggest a few steps that the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe could carry out with regard to the deeply problematic human rights situation in the North Caucasus region.

The Parliamentary Assembly should put the human rights crisis in Dagestan and Chechnya on its agenda with a view to adopting a resolution that:

  • Acknowledges the deteriorating situation
  • Reiterates the recommendations it made to the Russian Federation in Resolution 1738 (2010).
  • Calls on Russia to ensure that human rights defenders, lawyers, and journalists can carry out their work unhindered in the North Caucasus, and to bring to justice those responsible for attacks on and killings of human rights defenders, lawyers, and journalists in the North Caucasus who were targeted in retaliation for their work.
  • Calls on Russia to ensure that the laws and constitution of the Russian Federation are fully upheld in the North Caucasus, particularly in Chechnya, and particularly in relation to the rights of women and girls
  • Encourages the Human Rights Commissioner to keep the situation of the North Caucasus high among his priorities.

The Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights should continue its important work monitoring closely developments in the North Caucasus and should continue to request access; the situation in the North Caucasus should remain a priority for the Monitoring Committee’s assessment of Russia.

Discover Civil Rights Defenders regional work in North Caucasus and the developments in the region. Supporting human rights defenders as well as defending people’s civil and political rights.

LGBT rightsEdit

The following report presents the findings of a qualitative study conducted by activists of the Queer Women of North Caucasus Support Group Initiative. The findings describe survival strategies for homosexual, bisexual women and transgender persons in a sexually repressive culture. The study required the observance of safety rules and confidentiality for both respondents and some of the. This study can be applied to the work of psychologists, social workers, and lawyers providing assistance and support to non-heterosexual women from the Republics of the North Caucasus. Moreover, the study is an attempt to document the current situation regarding the rights and the status of homosexual, bisexual women and transgender persons.