What Your Children Do Will Touch Upon You” : Punitive House-Burning in Chechnya

30 11 2009

URL: http://www.hrw.org/en/reports/2009/07/02/what-your-children-do-will-touch-upon-you-0. Source: Human Rights Watch.

This 54-page report documents a distinct pattern of house burnings by security forces to punish families for the alleged actions of their relatives. In 2008, high-level Chechen officials, including President Ramzan Kadyrov, made public statements stating that the families of insurgents should expect to be punished unless they convinced their relatives to surrender. Insurgents have also been using a variety of violent tactics, including house-burning, against members and supporters of the pro-Moscow Chechen authorities.

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