Chechen Landmine Campaigner Murdered

I was deeply shocked and saddened to learn today of the brutal killing of Zarema Sadulayeva and her husband, Alik Dzhabrailov. Ms. Sadulayeva was a tireless campaigner for mine action in Chechnya. Though I did not personally know her, we had exchanged a few emails and I was sickened to hear of her death.

“Ms Sadulayeva was a tireless activist who was committed to creating public awareness about the landmine problem in the region and advocating for the rights of landmine survivors and other people with disabilities,” said Ms Kasia Derlicka, Advocacy and Campaign Officer for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, in a press release on their website. “Her death is a huge loss to the mine action community.”

The killing of Ms. Sadulayeva and her husband is the latest in a string of high profile murders of human rights activists in the Russian Federation. Click here to read Human Rights Watch’s press release.

To learn more about the landmine situation in Chechnya, click here.

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~ by Matthew Bolton on 12 August 2009.

One Response to “Chechen Landmine Campaigner Murdered”

  1. […] authorities to “do everything they can to ensure an independent investigation” into the slaying of landmine campaigner Zarema Sadulayeva and her husband, Alik Dzhabrailov this week. Unfortunately, the string of political murders of human rights activists in Russia suggests that […]

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