Chechnya: Hunting for human rights defenders begun

About 20 people attacked the vehicle of the Committee for Prevention of Torture carrying a mobile group of human rights activists and journalists from Ingushetia to Grozny.

10 March 2016 11:00

A total of eight people, including members of the Committee for the Prevention of Torture and media representatives were in the minibus during the attack. The passengers were forced to get out of the vehicle and beaten by attackers. Then the minibus was set on fire, Mediazone reports. 

According to Dmitry Utukin, a member of the Committee for the Prevention of Torture, during the attack, the unidentified assailants called the passengers terrorists.

“The minibus with journalists and human rights activists was blocked by cars. The attackers began breaking windows shouting ‘Get out, the terrorists’,” Dmitry Utukin twitted.

A little later, a group of men dressed in camouflage clothes with automatic weapons attacked the headquarters of this organization in Ingushetia.

The police in Ingushetia are currently considering the initiation of a criminal case regarding the two attacks.