Impunity for Violence against Women in Chechnya

31 October 2012 - ECCHR and Human Rights Watch submitted today a joint report to the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Ms Rashida Manjoo, for her annual report 2013 on the “State responsibility for eliminating violence against women”. The submission brings to her attention the discrepancies between the current situation of women’s human rights in the Chechen Republic, and the Russian Federation’s obligations to respond to, protect against and provide remedies for acts of violence against women whether such acts are committed by State or non-State actors.
Human Rights Watch and ECCHR provided information regarding the de-facto impunity afforded to perpetrators of violence against women in Chechnya and submits that the Russian Federation has violated and continues to violate, the concept of due diligence in respect of its obligations arising from international and regional human rights law. The Russian Federation fails to investigate, prosecute and punish serious violations of women’s human rights, particularly in response of allegations of violence regarding adherence to a campaign to enforce an Islamic dress code.