Letter from the Refugees from Chechnya to the Civil Rights Organizations Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch: Realize the Genocide! Realize our Right of Santctuary!
22.Mar.02 - We are refugees from Chechnya who could have managed to arrive in
Europe. We are not many ! We are lucky ! Now we neither need to suffer
under 'mopping-ups' nor are shot down groundlessly on the streets by
drunken mercenaries; we neither need to sleep in ragged tents, nor go
hungry and we aren't search for either by Russian officers of militia
who thirsty of revenge judge the Chechens in Russia by themselves. We
are fled from the horror called 'democratical' Russian federation for
We all reached Europe on different ways. Some despairing passed the
borders illegally, other paid the treble for the tourist visa with
borrowed money. In fact every refugee sold or left all he had built up
during his life to go to Europe. On the other hand there are those who
abused the situation in Chechnya and the right of sanctary telling
everybody to be a Chechen, but we don't want to write about them here.
Europe didn't welcome us sincerely. But we didn't expect that either. We
would have been happy if we had the chance to dmonstrade being an equal
citizen, an equal European. Nearly everybody of us has got the highest
educational qualification and lot vocational experience. Besides
everybody of us showed the nearest social environment, either the
neighbours or acquaintaces, not to have less human values than everybody
else. We are robbers, no terrorist, but human beings who would like to
earn by doing a fair work and to live our life to the best our beliefs.
We went our way not because of economical problems. In Chechnya there is
a very ruthless war Russia doesn't intend to finish, like everybody
knows. Living in Russia is too dangerous for a Chechen. That's fact we
try to prove here. Seeing all the strange thing for us is that you, dear
respected Civil Right Organizations, whose authority is unimpeachable
and whose word is always true and and the law, you own the evidence.
Nevertheless we have to prove our escape!
Yes, there are Chechens living in Russia. But how do they live' They
couldn't let them file at the registration office, and their
unemployment and their other problems aren't the point at all. It were
you who proved that all, as well as some reports of the Chechens who had
to come to an understanding with it directly. It wouldn't be difficult
to survive unless every second every citizen of Chechen orgin must feel
frightend to be arrested without any foundation with paradoxical effort
to be beaten and to be totured. And those are the measures the swarming
official security service uses to guarantee the so called public safety.
And everybody of ushas as it were a sign on the forhead saying
'murderer', 'terrorist', 'human of inferior quality'.
Getting through the proceedings for refugee it is required by letter to
state that induviduum is persecuted honestly by the government or an
organization authorized by the government. That's the tragedy of the
situation a Chechen in Russia never knows when exactly he is beaten to
death, when he is affronted, when his children are forced to leave
school, when his home is damaged. And whitch office in Russia should
attest this for the victims' Even when this unpossibility happened that
someone gets this testation, such a letter wouldn't taken in earnest at
all. Then this would be said: 'a falsification, in Russia everything
can be bought anyway'
Not everybody here is able to persuade the officer that it is very
dangerous for the Chechens in Russia. But it takes long weeks, months
and even years that everybody gets the same answer to his cry for help.
This answer is the same all over Europe. Everybody expects it sooner or
later. Lately the Chechens haven't only waited for the negative result
of the proceeding for refugee but they have had to accept being arrested
for month, before beeing sent back by plane like criminals with
handcuffs to the 'love home', the Russian Federation, where they then
are already welcomed by the filtration institution. You know about the
sad lot of people going there.
Through this letter we want to to pay attention first. After that we ask
you to help refugees from Chechnya in Europe to tell the truth about the
Chechens in Chechnya and the Chechens in Russia. It is nearly impossible
for us to prove what have been done with us. We neither have the
experience not have connection and information you have got or will or
could get. We are prepared to help you to help others, to let help us
ourselves. Meet our wishes and defend us, each of us and altogether,
like an induviduum.
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