Natalia Estemirova Documentation Center Established


During a conference on Strengthening Human Rights in Russia organized by the Norwegian Helsinki Committee in cooperation with Amnesty International Norway in Oslo on 19-22 September 2010, a resolution on establishing the Natalia Estemirova Documentation Center was adopted by a group of nine leading Russian and international human rights organizations:

Centre of International Protection (France and Russia), Memorial Human Rights Center (Russia), Stichting Russian Justice Initiative (Netherlands and Russia), Interregional Committee Against Torture (Russia), Russian-Chechen Friendship Society (Finland), Norwegian Helsinki Committee, Human Rights Watch, Civil Rights Defenders, and International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH).

The Natalia Estemirova Documentation Center will store and systematize information on violations of human rights, humanitarian law, and international criminal law relevant to the on-going human rights crisis in the North Caucasus region of the Russian Federation.

The Center’s objective is to collect material relevant to a process of transitional justice in order to put an end to the climate of impunity in the region and help preserve an accurate historical memory. The Documentation Center will cooperate with relevant organizations, institutions, and individuals seeking information about the North Caucasus crisis.

The name was chosen in honor of our close colleague and friend, Natalia Estemirova of Memorial Human Rights Center, who was abducted in Chechnya and killed on 15 July 2009. By establishing the Natalia Estemirova Documentation Center in Oslo, the signatory organizations aspire to honor her commitment and to protect and promote her legacy.

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