European Court Rules on Two Disappearances in Chechnya
May 13, 2008 | From the field | Human Rights

In a case brought by MacArthur grantee the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre, the European Court of Human Rights found the Russian government responsible for the disappearance of two men in Chechnya who were taken from their home at gunpoint. The Court held that Isa Kaplanov and Ruslan Sadulayev were detained by unidentified Russian servicemen in Chechnya on May 12, 2001 in violation of the European Human Rights Convention. Khadizhat Kaplanova said her son and son-in-law were abducted from their family home and interrogated for allegedly insulting servicemen. When the Russian government failed to hold anyone accountable for their disappearance or otherwise solve the case, Kaplanova, with the help of the Centre, took the matter to the European Court. The Russian government was ordered to pay her 70,000 EUR in damages. The disappearances are among more than 3,000 in Chechnya since autumn 1999, according to Memorial, a Russian NGO that works with the Centre.

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