November 17, 2017

Urgent Action: Chechen Asylum-Seeker Feared Disappeared (Russian Federation: UA 254.17)


Chechen asylum-seeker Imran Salamov, who was forcibly returned to Russia from Belarus on 5 September, may have been subjected to an enforced disappearance. Although his lawyer and wife met with him at the City Police Headquarters in Grozny on 11 September, all subsequent efforts to locate him have failed and the authorities have recently claimed that he is not in their custody. There are serious concerns for his welfare.

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Chechen asylum-seeker Imran Salamov, who was forcibly returned to Russia from Belarus on 5 September, may have been subjected to an enforced disappearance. Although his lawyer and wife met with him at the City Police Headquarters in Grozny on 11 September, all subsequent efforts to locate him have failed and the authorities have recently claimed that he is not in their custody. There are serious concerns for his welfare.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Urging the Russian authorities to order an immediate investigation into Imran Salamov’s fate and whereabouts, keeping his family fully informed and updated at all times;
  • Insisting if Imran Salamov is in the state’s custody, that he is immediately released, or, if credible evidence of a recognized offence exists, is transferred to an official place of detention, charged promptly and remanded by an independent civilian court, in line with international human rights standards;
  • Urging them to ensure that Imran Salamov’s human rights are protected and respected at all time, including – if he is in custody – his right to life and freedom from torture and other ill-treatment, and that he is allowed access to his family, a lawyer of his choice and adequate medical care.

Contact these two officials by 29 December, 2017:

Minister of the Interior
Vladimir Kolokoltsev
Ul. Zhitnaya d. 16
119049 Moscow
Russian Federation
Fax: +7 495 667 05 98 (wait for signal)
Salutation: Dear Minister

Ambassador Anatoly Antonov, Embassy of the Russian Federation
2650 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington DC 20007
Phone: 1 202 298 5700  I  Fax: 1 202 298 5735
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @mfa_russia
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
Click here to let us know if you took action on this case! This is Urgent Action 254.17
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