Talking with Tatchell – Archive

Russia’s war against Chechnya – self-determination denied

27 May 2007

Ivar Amundsen, Director of the Chechnya Peace Forum, and Shamil Zakayev, Coordinator of the Chechen diaspora in the UK, discuss with Peter Tatchell the on-going war and human rights abuses in Russian-occupied Chechnya .

In 1999, President Putin launched the second war in Chechnya. Since then, 100,000 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands more have been displaced. Both the United Nations and the Council of Europe have condemned the widespread use of torture by Russian forces and by the militia of the puppet President, Ramzan Kadyrov. The people of Chechnya are being denied by Russia the right to elect their own President and determine their own future.

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