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Scandal: Austrian Authorities Took Away a Girl of Chechen Mother

Submitted by on Tuesday, 8 June 2010.    1,569 views No Comment
Scandal: Austrian Authorities Took Away a Girl of Chechen Mother reported that Austrian authorities took away a 7 years old girl from her mother and still the reason couldn’t be learned, but girl was placed in a mental illness hospital.

Layla Batalova, was born in 1968, ran away from Grozny with her daughter Mariam, who was born in 2002, because of puppet regime’s brutally actions in Chechnya and came to Austria in September 2009. After her interviews with Austrian authorities for refugee status, she and her daughter were send to a refugee camp in Traiskirchen city and they got a temporary residence permit until final decision about their status. After a while, Layla was sent another refugee camp in Graz city and her daughter Mariam was took away from Layla. Chechen mother wanted to see a court decision for this action from social workers and police officers, but she couldn’t got an answer. Moreover, any Austrian authority didn’t listen her; didn’t provide an interpreter and didn’t explain their reasons. Layla worries about her children’s safety and health.

According to Layla, after a tragic accident, Layla lost his husband but she and her daughter could manage to live. Mariam has a dyslogia since she was 2 years old related with this accident; also some numerous scars on her body. Probably Austrian psychologists belive that Mariam is under ill-treatment, so they took away from her mother and try to treat her.

Vakha Banzhaev, chairman of the Organization of Former Prisoners of Russian Filtration Camps from Chechen Republic Ichkeria, tries to prepare necessary documents for applying to Autrian court in this issue. If they can’t take an answer, they will going to apply European Court of Human Rights.

However, Civic Commission on Human Rights in St Petersburg published a press-release on this issue and demands from Austrian authorities to handing over the small girl to her mother.

If any human rights organizations or sensitive people want to help this Chechen family, they may get in touch with Vakha Banzhaev via his telephone number: +43 748 99 52 or e-mail address:

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