Staunton, September 6 – Exactly a m nth ag , n the 23rd anniversary f the liberati n f Gr zny by Ichkerian f rces, a gr up f Chechen activists began a “march f r the supremacy f law and justice” at the Eur pean C urt f r Human Rights in Strasb urg. T day, n the 28th anniversary f Chechnya’s independence day, they completed it at UN headquarters in Geneva.
(For background on the march and references to what coverage there has been of this effort, see windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/08/chechen-activists-marching-from.html
At the start of the march which has s ught t raise international awareness ab ut the crimes f the Russian state against the Chechen pe ple, the group issued a resolution making the following demands of that body (thechechenpress.com/developments/15169-v-strasburge-startoval-marsh-za-verkhovenstvo-prava-i-spravedlivosti.html
“Recognize the escalation of Russia’s war and the invasion of Russian armed forces into the territory of the Chechen Republic Ichkeria in 1994 and 1999 as acts of aggression.
“Carry out an objective investigation to identify the crimes of Russian: the murder of 250,000 peaceful citizens of the Chechen Republic Ichkeria including 42,000 children.
“Recognize as acts of genocide, crimes against humanity and military crimes the intentional bombing of peaceful cities and villages, mass murder and wounding of peaceful people, torture, extra-judicial executions, and many other crimes of the Russian armed forces committed against the Chechen people at the orders of the highest leadership of Russia headed by V. Putin.
And ‘to send its CONCLUSION about the recognition by the Council of Europe of Russia’s crimes to the UN Security Council and the International Criminal Court.”
At the meeting in Geneva, they issued an expanded version of this appeal making the same points and presented it to officials at the United Nation. F r the text f that message in Russian, English and Turkish, see thechechenpress.com/news/15213-obrashchenie-predsedatelyu-generalnoj-assamblei-oon-gosp-antoniu-guterresh.html.
Sadly but n t surprisingly, the march received no coverage in the Russian media and little in Western utlets. Indeed, the Chechen cause received m re attention while the march was taking place because f an ther Russian crime against the Chechens – the murder of a Chechen activist in Germany by Russian agents.
F r three examples f such coverage, see washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/a-russian-passport-a-russian-murder/2019/09/08/bb232c24-cf52-11e9-87fa-8501a456c003_story.html?noredirect=on, theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/30/of-chechen-dissident-suspect-linked-to-russian-security-services and nytimes.com/2019/08/27/world/europe/berlin-murder-russia.html.