25 May 2017
Lawyers from Justice Initiative sent an application to the ECHR for violations by the authorities of articles 2, 3, and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights (right to life, prohibition of torture, and prohibition of discrimination) in connection with the police’s refusal to investigate Marem Aliyeva’s complaints about beatings by her husband, and the lack of an effective investigation into Marem’s murder.
24 May 2017
The abduction of Marem’s sister Yelizaveta in July 2015 is also connected to Marem’s tragic fate. For this crime, the Magas District Court sentenced Mukharbek Yevloyev to six years in prison, and his accomplice, Murad Paragulgov, received five years in prison. Search warrants are out for four other relatives of the accused, who also took part in the crime. The Magas court decision was handed down in February 2017.
5 May 2017
The investigation report states that Mukharbek Yevloyev abducted Yelizaveta Aliyeva from her home on July 9, 2015. He was looking for Aliyeva’s sister, Marem. Together with five armed men, he broke into Yelizaveta Aliyeva’s house, demanding to know where his wife was. Aliyeva and her husband were bundled into a car and driven towards the city dump in Nazran. Neighbours called the police and this saved Aliyeva, as she was able to escape from the car when the abductors stopped to hide from the police patrol.
2 May 2017
Russian Justice Initiative is continuing its project to provide comprehensive legal aid to women from various parts of the country who are victims of domestic violence. Since 2009, our lawyers have represented the interests of women from the North Caucasus republics in cases related to honour killings, bride abductions, violence in the family and decisions regarding custody of children. The project provides a lawyer free of charge to victims of violence in the home, rape, sexual harassment, human trafficking, and gender-based discrimination, living in different Russian regions and who express the desire to defend their rights.
14 March 2017
ECHR awards 45,500 in damages to prisoner subjected to torture and asks for a review of the sentence
“In its ruling on the case of Mukayev v. Russia (No. 22495/08), the ECHR reiterated that the use as evidence in criminal cases of statements obtained under torture makes the trial unfair in general”, said lawyer Olga Gnezdilova. “Thanks to this ECHR judgment, Mukayev’s sentence will be reviewed and the authorities will be obliged to conduct an effective investigation into the use of torture. At the same time, Justice Initiative is handling the totally identical case of Ayub Tuntuyev, who was repeatedly beaten by the police, subjected to electric shock torture, forced to renounce his defence lawyer and forced to speak against himself. Despite the fact that the ECHR has already sent preliminary questions to the Russian government on Tuntuyev’s case, the North Caucasus District Military Court refused to reject as inadmissible the evidence obtained under torture”