CHECHNYA: another humanitarian worker abducted and killed

Zarema Sadulayeva, an activist of the humanitarian NGO  Save the Generation, which works with chechen children victims of the war, and her husband Umar Dzhabrailov were found dead today, after having been abducted yesterday from the office of the NGO.

Human Rights Watch describes the NGO  Let’s save the generation in these terms:

“””Save the Generation is a nongovernmental organization in Chechnya founded in 2001 that provides psychological and physical rehabilitation to disabled children, orphans, and other socially vulnerable groups. The group also works closely with UNICEF, among other groups, to provide training about landmines, and promotes protection of the rights of the disabled.“””

Update: Owen posted on the comments a press release from the swiss-based Society for Threatened Peoples that is worth reading.

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3 responses to “CHECHNYA: another humanitarian worker abducted and killed

  1. Owen

    I’ve just received this:

    Stop the murders in Chechnya

    Berne, 11th August 2009

    The bodies of Zarema Sadulaeva, leader of the Chechen NGO “Save the Generation”, and her husband were found near Grozny this morning. The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) strongly condemns these crimes and calls for the immediate investigation into this latest bloody act against Chechen civil society.

    At 4 o’clock this morning, the bodies of youth activist Zarema (Rayana) Sadulaeva and her husband Alik (Umar) Dzhabrailov were found in the boot of their car nearby Grozny. Zarema Sadulaeva was leader of the humanitarian organisation “Save the Generation” working for invalid and orphaned children in Chechnya. According to eyewitness accounts, the two victims put up little resistance when several unknown but uniformed men took them away from their office in central Grozny yesterday Monday 10th August at 2pm local time.

    “Save the Generation” is a well-known Chechen organisation, implementing partner of the UN and member of the Chechen Civil Society Forum which was organised by the STP in Switzerland 5 years ago. The leader, Zarema Sadulaeva, worked tirelessly – and often with the local administration – to carry out the organisation’s humanitarian and rehabilitation activities for victims of the conflict.

    The local member organisations of the Civil Society Forum are in a state of shock. “We just cannot believe that it happened to her” said one Forum member who had been protesting against the abduction of Zarema Sadulaeva and her husband outside the local MVD (Ministry of Internal Affairs) office until late last night.
    Not even one month has passed [since the murder of Natalya Estemirova] and it has happened again& We are losing our best people every day. We don’t know what to do. It is a nightmare.

    This double murder is the latest in a long line of unsolved crimes against Chechen human rights activists and testifies to the worsening human rights situation on the ground. The STP is deeply outraged by the loss of a caring and devoted colleague who sought nothing more than to help the most helpless victims of this 15 year long conflict.

    It strongly condemns this latest bloody act against Chechen civil society and calls on the Swiss government, Council of Europe and European Union to take a clear position against these crimes and insist on an immediate and independent inquiry into these murders to be undertaken. The Chechen and Russian authorities’ obligation to protect their citizens must be fulfilled.

    For further information: Christoph Wiedmer, 031 311 90 08, http://www.gfbv.ch

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