Further information on UA: 07/10 Index: EUR 50/002/2010 Ukraine Date: 22 January 2010
UKRAINE OBLIGED TO HALT EXTRADITION
On 14 January the European Court of Human Rights called upon the Ukrainian authorities not to
extradite an ethnic Chechen man, Ahmed Chataev, to Russia until further notice. As a state party
to the European Convention on Human Rights, Ukraine is obliged to adhere to the Court’s ruling.
Ahmed Chataev, who is physically disabled, was detained on 3 January by police in the city of Uzhhorod, close to
Ukraine's border with Slovakia, based on a Russian international arrest warrant, allegedly on charges relating to
terrorism. Since then, he has been held in a pre-trial detention centre in Uzhhorod.
Ahmed Chataev has been granted refugee status in Austria and was visiting the Ukraine with a valid visa. Following
his detention, Ahmed Chataev’s lawyer filed a complaint at the European Court of Human Rights and, at the same
time, applied to the Court to grant a so-called interim measure, protecting Ahmed Chataev against irrevocable
measures before the Court has considered his case.
Amnesty International believes that if Ahmed Chataev is returned to Russia, he could face an unfair trial and would
be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment in order to extract “confessions” from him.
PLEASE WRITE IMMEDIATELY in Russian, Ukrainian or your own language:
Urging the Ukrainian authorities to comply with the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights of 14 January
and not to extradite Ahmed Chataev to Russia until further notice;
Reminding the Ukrainian authorities that as a state party to the 1951 Refugee Convention and the UN
Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment of Punishment, they must not forcibly
return refugees or asylum-seekers to any country where they would face a serious risk of the death penalty, torture or
other grave human rights abuses.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 05 MARCH 2010 TO:
vul. Riznitska 13/15
Fax: +380 44 280 2851
Salutation: Dear Prosecutor General
Also send copies to diplomatic representatives of Iran accredited to your country. Please check with your section office if sending appeals after
the above date. This is the first update of UA 07/10 (EUR 50/001/2010). Further information: