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Leader: In the court of hell

Our journalist Øystein Windstad was a hairpin from being killed in Chechnya.

Our journalist Øystein Windstad was a hairpin from being killed in Chechnya.

New Age grave journalist Øystein Windstad was attacked and injured at the border with Chechnya this week, along with nine other journalists and human rights defenders. It was probably Ramzan Kadyrov, the Chechen bully of a president, who was behind it. The party's minibus, which was on its way back to Grozny, had been chased for 200 hours by a car with Chechen signs, before the attack took place XNUMX meters from the country's border. Was Øystein known to the authorities? Oddly enough, several people suddenly canceled talking to them. Was it because he wrote here in the newspaper about the Chechen asylum seekers who after the deportation from Norway were tortured and killed for their opposition to Kadyrov's regime?
Precisely torture was the theme of the trip where Øystein accompanied the Committee Against Torture (CAT). In recent years, the organization has documented serious human rights violations in Chechnya. . .

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Truls Liehttp: /www.moderntimes.review/truls-lie
Editor-in-chief in MODERN TIMES. See previous articles by Lie i Le Monde diplomatique (2003–2013) and Morgenbladet (1993-2003) See also part video work by Lie here.

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  1. It is completely unjustifiable to return persecuted Chechens.
    Dramatic events are often necessary for us to wake up.

    We have seen the pictures of the shameful journalist Øystein Windstad. Why was it so important for him to travel in the dangerous Caucasus, to the Russian state of Chechnya? The answer is unpleasant for the Norwegian authorities: If he had not been assaulted, Windstad would have investigated the fate of two asylum-seeking Chechens, who were sent out of Norway in 2011. Their names were Umar Bilemkhanov and Apti Nazjujev. None of them are alive today. Before Christmas, two new men were returned, there the cousin of Nazjujev. The madness of sending Chechens back to hell must stop!

    Umar Bilemkhanov was rejected when he applied for asylum in Norway. After being returned, he was immediately "welcomed" by Russian intelligence (FSB) at the Moscow airport. According to Ny Tid, which Windstad writes for, he was quickly forcibly sent to Chechnya. Bilemkhanov was found dead in 2013. He died completely by accident in a traffic accident, we must believe the Chechen authorities. The Immigration Appeals Board (Une) with Abid Q. Raja as leader believed that they could send the other man, Apti Nazjuev, to Chechnya.

    Apti Nazjuev was found lying on the bank of a river with a broken skull, extracted teeth, broken kneecaps and several stab wounds. This also in 2013. The autopsy report that tells this concludes that he died from the torture he was subjected to. Chechen police investigated the case? No. The Russian human rights group Memorial and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) believe both were liquidated for political reasons. Before Christmas, Ny Tid wrote about the cousin of Apti Nazjuev, Iznaor Dibirov who sat on Trandum. He has injuries to both shoulders, after being tortured by being hung upside down. He also struggles with weight loss and lack of sleep.

    - This is what I am most afraid of, if they send me out – that they will not kill me right away, that they will torture me. It is quite common in Chechnya, "Dibirov told Ny Tid. Then he was returned. Dibirov was met by Russian intelligence who ordered him back to Chechnya. Putin's Russia has no mercy on possible opponents of either Putin or Kadyrov. Dibirov got off the train and escaped, Journalist Windstad tells the undersigned. Dibirov lives in great fear of being killed and tortured, in another, secret country.

    Norwegian authorities do not care that Chechens are being abused and murdered. The case receives little media attention. The latter we can hope that Windstad manages to turn around.

    Une has been criticized by several parties for rejecting the asylum applications of the two Chechens, including NHC and NUPI (Norwegian Foreign Policy Institute.) The tribunal maintains that they assessed correctly when they sent the two Chechen men out of Norway. Bjørn Lyster, head of communications at Une, defended their decision with the debate post "Allegations made into facts", just before Christmas 2015. That the man who was to receive internal protection in Russia still ended up in Chechnya, the tribunal explains as follows: "The same source who claims this (that Bilemkhanov arrested and extradited by Russian intelligence journ. note), -a Russian human rights defender-, wrote in a report in 2014 that he had to return to Chechnya because he had no money. " Une also defends himself by saying that the man was killed a year and a half after he returned to the Russian state: "Since Une has not seen anything that establishes who killed him and why, of course we do not know about it (killed journ. note) may be related to subsequent events (…). »

    Should we thank Une for orienting us to reality who do not know the subject of emissary? No. At best, Une sits and nails tiles. In the worst case, they dismiss vital information as loose claims. The Russian human rights group Memorial claims they witnessed the arrest of Bilemkhanov at the Moscow airport. In Sweden, the pipe has had a different sound than here in Norway: Sweden's UDI, the Swedish Migration Board, rejected the asylum application of a Chechen father of small children. He was killed in Chechnya in 2015. The Migration Board responded by reporting themselves, because they wanted to be investigated!

    Article 33 of the Refugee Convention states that states may not return refugees to areas where they are at risk of persecution. Putin loyalist Ramzan Kadyrov rules hard in Chechnya. That he is cooperating with Putin is the whole basis of his power. In Russia, it works so that the central power in the Kremlin (Putin) nominates prime ministerial candidates in the states, which the citizens then "choose". Windstad's editor in the newspaper Ny Tid, Truls Lie believes that the attack on Windstad and the rest of the entourage was a Kadyrov attack. Making a Chechen a internally displaced person in Russia is as bad as sending a person straight to Chechnya. That Russia is big has little significance. If you put a hare in the cage of a herd of tigers, it does not help that the cage is spacious.

    A record number of refugees are coming to Norway, partly as a result of the civil war in Syria. The country's capacity to receive refugees and help them integrate is under pressure. We must be careful not to become overly greedy. As long as Kadyrov and Putin continue their loyal cooperation, the whole of Russia is dangerous to Chechens who are being persecuted for their political views. 123 people with Russian citizenship applied for asylum in Norway in 2015, how many of these are Chechens the open statistics do not say anything about. The number of Syrians was 10. Chechens are thus not a great burden for Norway. And even if they had been, Norway will open the door to people fleeing persecution.

    Had the masked men in Ingushetia wanted to kill the group of journalists and human rights defenders, they would have done so. The goal was first and foremost to send a signal: "never dare go back". Feel free to call it terror. Hopefully the bullies achieve the opposite of less attention. Many of us barely knew that Ingushetia existed before the attack. Now we are curious about Winstad's story of the killed Chechens. We do not get to do much with the lawless conditions in the Caucasus region. What we must do, however, is keep a close eye on Norwegian asylum practice. We can not return people fleeing Kadyrov's Chechnya.

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