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  • Norbert Strade
    Proceedings of Vilnius Round Table Conference of April 21, 2007 Tuesday, 01 May 2007 PSEUDO LAW IN CHECNYA AS A COVER FOR CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY Law as a cover
    Message 1 of 1 , May 1, 2007
      Proceedings of Vilnius Round Table Conference of April 21, 2007

      Tuesday, 01 May 2007


      Law as a cover for violence

      Russia is attempting to explain that the war in Chechnya is over. It is
      listing Chechnya’s legal institutes for that purpose: the nation’s
      referendum, Presidential election as well as elections to even a
      two-chamber parliament. We regard the Constitutional Court like a feast
      in the time of plague in Chechnya. It has to be noted that the election
      of the new Chechen president this month has not been conducted according
      to the new Chechen Constitution – by general voting of residents,- in
      fact, the candidature proposed by V. Putin has been “approved” by the
      Chechen puppet parliament.

      “Constitutional system”

      The Chechen puppet Constitution actually demonstrates nonentity of
      Chechnya’s statehood. The preamble of the Constitution underlines “the
      multinational people of the Chechen Republic”. This supposedly means
      that Chechens are not the only owners of their land and thus speaking
      about independence makes no sense. The preamble wording that the
      principle of “self-determination of peoples” is abided by sounds like a

      Article 1 reads that Chechnya is “a state” and at the same time it is
      “an inalienable part of the territory of the Russian Federation”. Even
      the concept of “sovereignty” is used in the legislative, executive and
      judicial areas.

      In the first part of Article 10 it is stated that the Chechen (comes
      first!) and the Russian languages shall be official languages, whereas
      the second part reads that (quote) “the language of inter-ethnic
      intercourse and official document flow in the Chechen Republic is the
      Russian language”, and this makes Article 10 caricatural. Besides, it
      also stipulates that the Russian language shall be also used in the
      courts. The question thus arises: how is the official status of the
      Chechen language displayed?

      To secure against a possible Chechen rebellion there is a provision that
      in case of the President’s absence with unknown whereabouts or departure
      outside of the Russian Federation for permanent residence or when the
      Presidency of the Russian Federation so decides, he/she shall be removed
      from his/ her position. The President elected by the nation shall be
      removed by the Russian President!

      The Parliament may be dismissed following a decision of the Russian Duma.

      The Public Prosecutor and all the lower prosecutors shall be appointed
      and dismissed by the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation.

      The Constitution also contains an article reading that nurture and
      education issues, judicial, law enforcement, advocacy, notary staff as
      well as foreign relations issues shall not be tackled without Russia’s

      Silence policy

      Chechen human rights defender Said Emi Ibragimov stated that the Chechen
      problem is being considered at the sessions of the Parliamentary
      Assembly of the Council of Europe on a lesser scale compared to the
      issue of infringement of animal rights.
      The Chechen abattoir is made a commonplace TV show the world is watching
      with a silent perception, turning away its eyes and speechlessly
      approving the Russia’s terror. Stalin’s lying and violence constant is
      calmly accepted.
      The great powers follow gangsters and mafiososi’s Omerta rule – killing
      for cretins becomes legal.
      Chechnya has actually been given over to the rule of one person under
      redemption conditions. Chechen leader Kadyrov has said: “ I am not a
      Russian President’s man, but a Vladimir Putin’s man. It makes no
      difference whether Putin will be elected the Russian President for the
      third term or not; I will respect him and consider myself a Putin’s man
      in any case” (“Izvestija”, 21/02/2007, p.6). This is the whole essence
      of Chechen democracy and rights.

      Shootings, explosions and poisoning

      During September-October 2005 and December 2006 over 150 persons (mainly
      girls) were poisoned in Shiolkovskoe region schools. The sick suffer
      from spasms, convulsions, choke, body twitch, hallucination, and bloody
      noses. The data of medical investigations are kept secret and disappear
      altogether. As Anna Politkovskaya has pointed out, the report goes that
      certain medication has been tested in people in an attempt to reduce
      women’s birth-giving capacity.
      The official Russian authorities have announced that in the meantime 2,7
      thousand people are reported as “disappeared” and being looked for.

      Torturers’ rights guarantees

      Chechens are fleeing their homeland in terror. Currently there are 5
      thousand refugees in Poland, 2,5 thousand in Slovak Republic, 7 thousand
      in Belgium and 15 thousand in Austria.
      On 1 March 2007 a Conference on human rights issues was held in
      Chechnya. Thomas Hammemberg, EC Commissioner for Human Rights who
      participated at the conference, noted that “The defendants are tortured
      and forced to confess and sign evidence papers; I was personally
      convinced of this when I spoke to the arrestees on the eve. Moreover, a
      tortured person is afraid to complain because torture becomes even worse
      after reporting” (“Kommersant”, 02/03/2007, p.3). In spite of all this
      the Conference “concluded” that human rights in Chechnya are guaranteed.


      To justify itself and play off the Western world Russia has called the
      war in Chechnya “fight against international terrorism”. It was not
      until 2000 that the French Parliament acknowledged the colonial war in
      Algeria of 1954-1961 when Algerians were killed and tortured as a “war”.
      The time will come and the Russia’s destructive war against Chechnya
      will be called “Russian colonial war”. Let us anticipate that date, the
      honourable public who have gathered here today. After all this is what
      your hearts are beating for.

      Algirdas Endriukaitis
      Secretary general of the International group
      of parliamentarians on the Chechen problem

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