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Map of ChechnyaThe European Court of Human Rights ordered Russia to pay very modest compensation to the families of 11 Chechen civilians killed by Russian soldiers. The victims were killed in 2001 in Novye Aldi, Chechnya, where Russian soldiers are accused of murdering more than 60 innocent civilians. The soldiers were accused of summary executions and of burning dozens of occupied houses down.

The Court found that Russian authorities had failed to investigate the murders. “In the Court’s view, the astonishing ineffectiveness of the prosecuting authorities in this case could only be qualified as acquiescence in the events.”

The Court’s press release is available here: Musayev and Others v. Russia.

Hilary Shelton, director of the NAACP’s Washington bureau, recently stated “A good percentage of African-Americans are leery of our Justice Department. When there hasn’t been a real effort to deal with [unsolved civil rights slayings] how can we count on them to provide the support and protection we need today?”

For you users of the Inter-American system, my question is this: might it be a good strategy to file petitions before the Commission based upon individual murders in which there appears never to have been an investigation that meets international standards?

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