On 16 April this year, citizens of Chechnya had a new national holiday to mark the one-year anniversary of the official end to Russia’s counter-terrorist operations in that country. There had been high hopes that an end to the decade-long “war on terror” would help to improve human rights there. In reality, as recent tragic events in Moscow demonstrate, conditions continue to deteriorate, not only in Chechnya, but across the entire North Caucasus region.
Far from being the “peaceful developing territory” that President Ramzan Kadyrov described recently, Chechnya is plagued by a volatile and worsening security situation. Separatist groups still clash intermittently with government forces and Kadyrov’s regime has been accused of pervasive human rights abuses, including torture and killings.… Seguir leyendo »