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Ukraine obliged to halt extradition: Ahmed Chataev : Further information

, Index number: EUR 50/002/2010

On 14 January 2010 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. Ahmed Chataev has been granted refugee status in Austria and was visiting the Ukraine with a valid visa when he was arrested on January 3. Amnesty International believes that if he is returned to Russia, he could face an unfair trial and would be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

Further information on UA: 07/10 Index: EUR 50/002/2010 Ukraine Date: 22 January 2010
URGENT ACTION
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:
Prosecutor General
Oleksandr Medvedko
vul. Riznitska 13/15
01601 Kyiv
Ukraine
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:
www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/EUR50/001/2010/en
Date: 22 January 2010
URGENT ACTION
UKRAINE OBLIGED TO HALT EXTRADITION
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Amnesty International and other human rights organizations working in the region are concerned that many Chechens in the
Russian Federation have been charged with crimes such as participating in illegal armed groups or acts of terrorism on the basis
of “confessions” extracted under torture. There are further allegations that trials of Chechen suspects have been flawed and have
relied on fabricated evidence. The Chechen Ombudsperson for Human Rights, Nurdi Nukhazhiev, reportedly stated in February
2006 that a large number of the convicted Chechens in prison in Russia had been falsely accused and that the majority of their
cases should be re-examined. So far, there have been almost no investigations leading to prosecutions of law enforcement
officials for torture, which has created a climate of impunity in the region.
Ukraine has repeatedly violated the rights of refugees and asylum-seekers, in breach of its obligations under international human
rights and refugee law. Ukrainian authorities made several attempts to forcibly return Lema Susarov, an ethnic Chechen, to
Russia, even though he was recognized as a refugee by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and would have been at risk of
torture if returned. He was released in July 2008 and allowed to take up an offer of asylum in Finland (see UA 207/07, EUR
50/003/2007 and follow-ups). On 4 and 5 March 2008, the Ukrainian authorities forcibly returned 11 ethnic Tamil asylum-
seekers to Sri Lanka where they were at risk of serious human rights violations including torture and ill treatment. Six of them
had applied for refugee status in Ukraine, but were forcibly returned without the right to appeal. On 2 September 2009, six
nationals of the Democratic Republic of Congo, who had arrived at Boryspil airport on 31 August, were forcibly returned from
Ukraine despite the fact that one of them had reportedly clearly expressed his wish to claim asylum in Ukraine. Most recently, on
28 November, Ukraine deported eight Afghan nationals to Dubai. The group consisting of three women and five children aged
between three and 15(see UA 318/09, EUR 50/004/2009 and follow ups). They had attempted to join a family member who had
been granted refugee status in the UK.
Further information on UA: 07/10 Index: EUR 50/001/2010 Issue Date: 22 January 2010

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