Rights Defender at Risk for Deportation
Radio EkhoKavkaza has reported that Solyakh Isayev, former coordinator of the Chechen NGO “Let’s Save the Generation” has been arrested and placed in a deportation prison in Norway.
According to the information, since 2003, Solyakh Isayev worked as an instructor for the “Mine Safety” organization and then became coordinator of the “Young People with Disabilities of the North Caucasus” program for the “Let’s Save the Generation (Spasem Pokolonie)” organization which was created by Zarema Sadulayeva in August 2001. As an employee of the organization, he worked in many areas of Chechnya as well as in the refugee camps based in Ingushetia. The project was supported by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UN’s Children Fund (UNICEF). However, some trouble began in the organization in late 2000’s. In 2007, Solyakh Isayev went to Lyon, France to attend a conference called “Youth for Democracy” where he presented a report about the mine problem in the Russian occupied Chechen Republic of Ichkeria. When he returned to Russia, he was detained at the airport by Russian security service (FSB) agents. For four days, he was interrogated by the FSB about the activities of the organization and its employees. In December of 2008, he was abducted and beaten. Thus he was forced to leave Chechnya and Russia. It must be noted that Zarema Sadulayeva and her husband were abducted from their office and brutally murdered in August of 2010.
Solyakh Isayev explained his story and asked for asylum due to the fact that his life could be in real danger if he returned to Russia. However, the Immigration Office of Norway (UDI) ignored all of these realities and refused to grant asylum to him. Now Solyakh Isaev is at risk for deportation and is waiting in the deportation prison.
*Text was translated by Waynakh Online and edited by Michael Capobianco