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Human Rights Activists Are Obliged to Respect the Rights of Victims. Cases of Unlawful Violence May Not Always Be Made Public

posted 23 May 2012, 21:24 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 23 May 2012, 21:25 ]
23 May 2012

Memorial Human Rights Centre

On May 20, 2012, at the conference of non-governmental organisations taking place in Makhachkala, Dagestan, the “Caucasus Forum”, several of its participants criticised the work of employees of the Human Rights Center “Memorial”. The Head of the organisation “Mothers of Dagestan for Human Rights”, Svetlana Isaeva, informed those present that on the previous day, during disturbances outside the building of the Kirovsky police department in Makhachkala, a journalist
was beaten. According to Isaeva, the journalist was attacked by women in hijabs because she looked different from those present (she was in trousers and her hair was uncovered). “Employees from the HRC “Memorial” were there and they described to the media in detail the detention of their colleague [Sirazhutdin Datsiev, detained by police, HRC “Memorial”] but not one word was said of the attack on the journalist. Why did “Memorial” do nothing to help her?” We too are obliged to explain publicly our position. [Read more]