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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Human Rights in the North Caucasus

Friday, April 15, 2011 - 10:00am
2168 Rayburn House Office Building


Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a hearing human rights in the North Caucasus, an area that includes the territories of Chechnya, Dagestan, and Ingushetia, among others. In this volatile region-often considered the border between Europe and Asia-terrorism has intensified in recent years. In January 2011, at least 35 people were killed by North Caucasus-linked extremists in the tragic suicide bombing of the Domodedovo Airport in Moscow.

This hearing will examine the international legal framework for counterterrorism and evaluate Russia's compliance with that framework through its operations in the North Caucasus. The hearing will address whether the Russian government may be exacerbating the terrorist threat by failing to protect human rights, notably the prohibition against torture and the rights to liberty and security of person, and how such actions may contribute to radicalizing insurgent groups. The hearing will also review how Islamic radicalization impinges on freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and women's rights.

If you have any questions, please contact Ari Levin (Rep. McGovern) or Elizabeth Hoffman (Rep. Wolf) at 202-225-8097.

Hosted by:

James P. McGovern, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC
Frank R. Wolf, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC


Panel I

  • Martin Scheinin, UN Special Rapporteur on Counterterrorism and Human Rights
    Written testimony

Panel II

  • Sacha Koulaeva, Head of Europe and Central Asia desk, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
    Written testimony
  • Miriam Lanskoy, Russia and Eurasia Director, National Endowment for Democracy (NED)
    Written testimony
  • Dokka Itslaev, Coordinator for Chechnya, Human Rights Center Memorial
    Written testimony
  • Ali Israilov, victim of human rights abuse in Chechnya
    Written testimony



112th Congress