07/16/2018

Urgent Action: Fate and Whereabouts of Policeman Unknown (Belarus: UA 133.18)


Former Chechen policeman Artur Aydamirov, 34, disappeared on 8 June in Brest, Belarus, after learning in early 2018 that he is required to perform military service in Syria. He decided to flee Chechnya with his family. Witnesses saw unidentified men in uniform force Artur Aydamirov into a van and drive away. He has not been seen since and there are grave concerns about his fate.

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Former Chechen policeman Artur Aydamirov, 34, disappeared on 8 June in Brest, Belarus, after learning in early 2018 that he is required to perform military service in Syria. He decided to flee Chechnya with his family. Witnesses saw unidentified men in uniform force Artur Aydamirov into a van and drive away. He has not been seen since and there are grave concerns about his fate.

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

  • Urging them to order an immediate investigation into Artur Aydamirov’s fate and whereabouts, keeping his family fully informed and updated at all times;
  • Insist that if Artur Aydamirov 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;
  • Urging them to ensure that Artur Aydamirov’s human rights are protected and respected at all time, including – if he is held in custody – his right to life and freedom from torture and other ill-treatment.

Contact these two officials by 27 August, 2018:
Minister of Interior
Igor Anatolievich Shunevich Gorodskoy

Val str., 4
Minsk, Republic of Belarus, 220030    
Email: [email protected]
Fax: +375 17 226 02 26 

Salutation: Dear Minister

Chargé d´Affaires Pavel Shidlovsky,
Embassy of Belarus
1619 New Hampshire Ave NW

Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 1 202 986 1606
Fax: 1 202 986 1805
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

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