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Torture and ill-Treatment in Chernokozovo

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Torture and ill-Treatment in Chernokozovo

A local human rights activist has reported that at least ten imprisoned Chechen men have faced ill treatment and torture.

According to the information, which was reported by Milana Bakhaeva, a member of the Chechen Public Monitoring Commission, during a raid held on October 23, special forces from the Department of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service (known as FSIN) used violence against 10 prisoners kept in an isolation ward of penal colony No. 2 located in the village of Chernokozovo, within the Naur District of the Russian occupied Chechnya.

In the course of the raid, special agents abused prisoners and beat them with their fists and batons. The special troops ordered some of the prisoners to take off their clothes, then lined them up to form a so-called corridor and forced the prisoners to go through it, and beat them with batons and kicked them.

Due to the rumors of violence and ill-treatment, on October 25, the penal colony was visited by three members of the Working Group of the Public Monitoring Commission (PMC) of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria. Milana Bakhaeva said that she was most shocked by the story of Khavazh Djamalkhanov.

“He suffers from cranial trauma, and a plate was inserted in the top of his head. Special agents did not just beat him, but they also forcibly shaved his head. Shaving caused him pain, and he was crying,” said Bakhaeva.

According to her words, three of the prisoners including Khavazh Djamalkhanov cut their veins to stop the violence.

“Prisoners said that they heard their screams, but they couldn’t do anything to stop the violence,” said Bakhaeva.

*Text was written by Waynakh Online and edited by Michael Capobianco

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