Protection of Human Rights


NEW Texts:

10.07.2001 Cleansing operation in the village of Chernorechye

05.07.2001 The "cleansing" operations in Sernovodsk and Assinovskaya were punishment operations

25.06.2001 The hunger-strike of Chechen refugees temporarily living in Ingushetia continues

22.06.2001 Group of Refugees Conducts Hunger Strike

21.06.2001 Rally Near the Village of Koshkeldy

18.06.2001 Appeal from the citizens of the town of Argun

14.06.2001 Open Letter from the Russian National Anti-War Committee for a Peaceful Resolution in Chechnya to the Leaders of the G-7 Countries

13.06.2001 Letter to the High Commissioner for Refugees

01.06.2001 A Second Civilian Burial Site Discovered Near the Military Base at Khankala

31.05.2001 Arrest of Dik Al'temirov

31.05.2001 Open Letter from President Maskhadov to the Russian National Anti-War Committee for a Peaceful Resolution in Chechnya

15.05.2001 Appeal from Achkhoy-Martan

14.05.2001 Market raids

03.05.2001 On the Passing by the UN Human Rights Commission of a Resolution on the Situation in the Chechen Republic

25.04.2001 Joint appeal to members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

24.04.2001 Open Appeal to the President of the Russian Federation

14.04.2001 Four inhabitants of Argun are arrested during a "clean-up" operation in the town and are later found dead

12.04.2001 Uzbekistan: treatment of political convicts in the strict order prison located near Tashkent

29.03.2001 Bodies discovered near Khankala - irrefutable evidence of war crimes committed by federal forces. Materials from a press-conference held on 5/3/01 in Moscow, Institute of Press Development

25.03.2001 Persons Detained in Chechnya by Military and Internal Affairs Agents Become Victims of Summary Executions

15.02.2001 Report from Khamidova Jakhita

09.02.2001 Information on the situation in the Urus-Martan region, Chechen Republic

08.02.2001 Letter to the Members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

23.01.2001 Appeal from the All-Russian Extraordinary Congress on the Protection of Human Rights to the members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe


Initially founded as a historical-enlightenment center, Memorial has from the very outset paid significant attention to questions of the protection of human rights. Insofar as they work with the rights of former prisoners, all Memorial affiliates are involved with the protection of human rights.

In asking society to remember the cruel and massive violations of human rights that occurred in the recent past in the Soviet Union, the members of Memorial have been unable to ignore the fact that the violation of human rights continues even during the present time.

When, in autumn 1989, the forceful dispersal of a meeting in Tbilisi claimed the lives of many people, Memorial led a series of protests in Moscow.  During 1989, Memorial repeatedly staged protests in the office of the General Prosecutor of the USSR demanding the release of all remaining political prisoners in the USSR.  From these activities in the autumn of 1989, the Legal Protection group of Memorial was formed.  In 1991, the Legal Protection Center of Memorial was created for the organization and coordination of the legal protection activities of Memorial.

The Legal Protection Center collaborates with regional organizations of Memorial, many of which individually and actively monitor the protection of human rights.  Much work is conducted in Voronezh, Yekaterinburg, Nizhnii Tagil, Novosibirsk, Or'ol, Riazin, Tomsk, Khar'khov, Cheliabinsk and other cities.

English editions of Memorial's report

HOT POINTS
Chechen Republic conflict zone
CURRENT EVENTS

25.12.2000 Human rights in the Chechen Republic, autumn 2000
27.10.2000 Letter to the Special Presidential Representative for the protection of Human Rights and Freedoms of the Citizens of the Republic of Chechnya, V A Kalamanov.
25.09.2000 To Members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
06.08.2000 Situation with Violations of Human Rights in Chechnya. June-July, 2000
31.07.2000 In Expectation of an Autumn. Forthcoming Catastrophe
The position of forced migrants in the territory of the Republic of Ingushetia

28.06.2000 To Members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
20.06.2000 Urus-Martan - arbitrariness, beating, tortures
17.06.2000 —HECHNYA: People disappear no court hearings prior to executions
15.06.2000 Urus Martan commandant introduces a preliminary censorship and wilfully declares an extraordinary position
19.05.2000 There were found dead corpses of the people who had disappeared after detention held for the purpose of identity check
26.04.2000 —HECHNYA: Got missed in "Filtration" Procedure
21.03.2000 New Aldy settlement - February 5, 2000    Intentional killings of civilians
16.03.2000 Letter to Ministers for Foreign Affairs
15.02.2000 Information of the Supervisory mission in the zone of the armed conflict in Chechenia
10.02.2000 Testimony on "Purging"("Scraping") Grozny
20.01.2000 Violations of humanitarian law and human rights; situation of civilians who have fled the conflict zone. Report on the visit to Ingushetia and Chechnya by representatives of the Memorial Human Rights Centre (MHRC) from 12 to 20 January 2000
29.12.1999 Letter to Sadako Ogata - Supreme Commissar of the UNO for the affairs of refugees, Mary Robinson - Supreme Commissar of the UNO for the human rights, Alvaro Gil Robles - Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe
16.11.1999 Press-conference on the situation in Chechnya and Ingushetia
26.10.1999 POINT STROKES. The non-selective use of force by the federal troops in the course of the armed conflict in Chechnia in September - October 1999. Preliminary report.
18.10.1999 THE REPORT on the Observer mission to the zone of the armed conflict, based on the inspection results in Ingushetia and Chechnya


Two years after the war: Problem of displaced persons in the zone of Ossetian-Ingush conflict

Human rights violations during the april-june 1991 military operations in Nagorno-Karabakh

Large-scale and gross violations of human rights and the situation in the zone of armed conflict in and around the city of Bendery (June-July, 1992)

ALEXANDER SOKOLOV. RUSSIAN PEACE-KEEPING FORCES IN THE POST-SOVIET AREA

OCTOBER 1993 EVENTS IN MOSCOW : HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS UNDER THE STATE OF EMERGENCY IN MOSCOW DURING THE PERIOD FROM NOON, OCTOBER 4 TO OCTOBER 18, 1993


PROBLEMS OF REFUGEES AND FORCED MIGRANTS

REFUGEE STATUS DETERMINATION: STANDARD OF PROOF AND STATUS DETERMINATION OF UNDOCUMENTED ASYLUM SEEKERS

Setting up a network of legal assistance for refuges and forced migrants in Russia

DEALING WITH THE PROBLEMS OF REFUGEES AND FORCED MIGRANTS THROUGH THE LEGISLATIVE, JUDICIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE SYSTEMS

Legal problems of citizenship acquisition by forced migrants and their job placement on the territory of the Russian Federation

Legal issues concerning the social protection of forced migrants in Russia


DISCRIMINATION

Appeal by the Warsaw Meeting of NGOs from Eastern and Central Europe on the situation in the Chechen Republic

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE NGOs FORUM which will be held parallel to the World Conference Against Racism, Racial discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance in South Africa 2001

Statement by the Participants in the Meeting of NGO from Eastern and Central Europe Warsaw, November 15-18, 2000 Addressed to the World Conference Against Racism (WCAR)

COMPLIANCE OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION WITH THE CONVENTION ON THE ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION

Ethnic discrimination and discrimination on the basis of place of residence in the Moscow region

Moscow after the explosions. Ethnic cleansings. September-October 1999.

Struggle with terrorism according to Mr. Luzhkov and others

COMPLIANCE OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION WITH THE CONVENTION ON THE ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION

Events in Udomlya (Tver Region, Russia) in May 1998

The violation of the rights of forced migrants and ethnic discrimination in Krasnodar territory: The situation of the turks-meskhetians

Starting Ethnic Cleansing in Krasnodar Territory: the Case of Meskhetian Turks.

Stop Ethnic Cleansing in  Krasnodar Territory!