PW: Human rights activists to keep eye on Kadyrov
- February 2nd 2004 · Prague Watchdog
Human rights activists to keep eye on Kadyrov
Timur Aliyev, North Caucasus – Akhmad Kadyrov and various human rights
organizations will work together in the issue of repatriation of Chechen
refugees from Ingushetia, stated Ella Pamfilova, head of the Russian
presidential human rights commission on January 30, during her visit to
Chechnya and Ingushetia.
According to her, “Kadyrov is a reality we cannot change, and so we have
to use this opportunity to help the people. If Kadyrov issues orders,
someone has to check their fulfillment. And this is the task for human
Kadyrov is the man who will bear responsibility for any rights
violations of the refugees, she explained, after visiting the refugee
camps in Ingushetia. "I’m very displeased by the fact that in these
camps there are officials of various [state] agencies who cannot talk
with the people on a humane level. Instead of satisfying people, they
puff themselves up and act like big shots," said Pamfilova.
Pamfilova also stressed that forcible repatriation of refugees as well
as setting a deadline for closing the camps cannot be allowed.
The agreement was reached during a meeting between Kadyrov, members of
the presidential commission, and the human rights organization Memorial
In January, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree according
to which Russian presidential human rights commissioner for Chechnya
Abdul-Khakim Sultygov was dismissed and Akhmad Kadyrov, whom the Kremlin
installed as president of the republic in manipulated elections in
October 2003, effectively took over his duties, i.e. responsibility for
the human rights situation in the republic.