12 August 2020
On 11 August 2020 the Main Investigative Directorate for the North Caucasus Federal District sent a reply in which it reported that the materials of the investigative check into the death of Madina Umayeva had been examined
A recommendation was also made to carry out specific pre-investigatory actions. However, the letter stated that there were no grounds to believe that the personnel of the regional department of the Investigative Committee in Chechnya were “personally invested, directly or indirectly, in the results of the pre-investigative check.” Therefore, the request to transfer the investigation to the Main Directorate of the Investigative Committee for the North Caucasus federal district was rejected.
31 July 2020
The Court found that the Russian authorities had failed to protect the applicant from the violent actions of her former partner, and was the first judgment finding Russia responsible for gender-based discrimination against women due to the lack of effective remedies for domestic violence. The Court also found the Russian legal framework inadequate in the task of preventing, responding to and punishing domestic violence. 8 months since the entry into force of the Court's judgment, the crimes committed against the applicant have not been investigated and the perpetrator has not been punished. Rather, the applicant has received 11 new refusals to initiate criminal proceedings from three different regional authorities.
5 July 2020
SJI joined six other organizations Zona Prava, ANNA Centre for the Prevention of Violence, Consortium of Women’s Non-Governmental Associations, “YouAreNotAlone” Women’s Mutual Help Network, The Sisters Centre, and The Kitezh Centre in submitting data concerning the rise in domestic violence during the quarantine imposed in Russia in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. The report summarizes information on the situation with domestic violence during the lockdown period between March and May 2020, as shared and reported by seven different organizations and their regional partners. SJI's contributions focused on trends in gender-based violence in the North Caucasus and Pskov regions.
19 June 2020
Update to the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of assembly regarding the situation of seven detainees in Ingushetia
SJI submitted an update to the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of assembly regarding the situation of seven detainees currently held in connection with the protest movement in Ingushetia. One year after a previous submission, six of the detainees are still being held in pre-trial detention and four have had new charges brought against them for extremist activities. One of the detainees, a leader of the protest movement, Akhmed Barakhoyev, is elderly and has several underlying health issues, rendering him particular vulnerable during the Covid-19 pandemic.