5. About the restoration of
the Chechen Independence
Mr. RENÉÉ VAN DER LINDEN
THE PRESIDENT OF THE PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY OF EUROPEAN COUNCIL
Mr. HANS-GERT POETTERING
THE PRESIDENT OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
Mr. MIGUEL ANGEL MORATINOS
THE PRESIDENT OF ORGANIZATION FOR SECURITY AND CO-OPERATION IN EUROPE
Vilnius City Council
LACK OF ANY RIGHTS FOR CHECHENIAN NATION
06 September 2007
We, the undersigned representatives of Lithuanian
organization SĄJŪDIS from Vilnius City, at our meeting celebrated the
16-year anniversary of the restoration of statehood of Chechenian nation
that took place on 6 September 1991. Chechenian nation restored its
statehood strictly observing the norms of international law, in exclusively
peaceful, democratic and legal way.
Russian authorities ignored the right of Chechenian
nation for self-determination as well as the authorities of Chechenia
elected in a democratic way; they violated the Peace Treaty signed by and
between Russia and Chechenia on 12 May 1997 and try to repeal the
independence of Chechenian Republic Ichkeria by very cruel violence.
The First Article of the International Covenant on
Civil and Political Rights (as of 16 December 1966) provides: “Every nation
has a right for self-determination. Thanks to the said right, a nation
freely establishes its political status and freely ensures its economical,
social and cultural development”. Chechenian nation is deprived of this
In Chechenia, Russia provides power to criminal
military structures that really have unlimited power based on self-will and
The Constitutional Referendum arranged by Russian
occupation forces in the year 2003, the following presidential elections and
parliamentary elections in Chechenia were not legitimate, because they
provided a model of falsification and imitation of the will of the nation.
International organizations ignore the legal and
historical reasons of the Russian war in Chechenia and they indirectly
sanctioned the extermination of Chechenian nation.
The today situation in Chechenia is tragic:
1. Over 100 thousand Russian military men are
dislocated in the country.
2. The right for life if not guaranteed; the atmosphere
of fear predominates.
3. In Chechenia, both Russian death squadrons and local
punitive units act.
4. Within the period of military actions since 11
December 1994, about 250 thousand persons, including 42 thousand children,
were killed in Chechenia, the damage caused to the country amounted to USD
300 billion; about 40 thousand Russian military men were killed as well.
5. Over 300 thousand persons became refugees.
6. The economy and infrastructure of the country are
7. Towns and settlements of Chechenia are ruined.
8. The ecological catastrophe takes place in the
9. Over 30 percent of the population is ill with
oncological diseases, tuberculosis epidemic blusters; about a half of
newborn babies have various abnormalities.
10. Total rusification takes place. Chechenian language
is completely excluded from documentation of all offices and courts.
Teaching at all educational institutions, including schools, is held in
Russian (with 1 lesson of Chechenian a week at rural schools only); Russian
predominates in radio and television; all newspapers, except of one of
inconsiderable importance, are published in Russian.
Hereby we ask you to consider and discuss the problem of Chechenia
comprehensively and to recognize that law is the most important achievement
of the mankind and should be used as a base in the settlement of the
Chechenian problem. It is your historian duty.
The Chairman of Lithuanian Sajudis Vilnius City Council
The Principal Secretary
A.Budriunas, Gedimino Ave 1, Tel +370 673 95 837
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Gedimino ave. 1, LT-
01103, Vilnius, Lithunia.
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