Target: President of Slovakia, Andrej Kiska
Goal: Halt deportation of Chechen man facing terrorism charges
The government of Slovakia must halt the deportation of Chechen asylum seeker Anzor Chentiev back to Russia. It is likely that he will be mistreated in detention upon his return to Russia, as he is facing terrorism charges. Returning someone to such a dangerous situation is in clear violation of international human rights laws. It is likely that Mr. Chentiev will be sent back to Russia within a month after fighting for his right to stay in Slovakia for eight years. Mr. Chentiev’s deportation must be stopped immediately.
Mr. Chentiev arrived in Slovakia in 2006 and was immediately placed in jail. He has spent the last several years in and out of detention, fighting the efforts of both the Slovakian and Russian governments from deporting him. In January, Mr. Chentiev stated that he wanted to be returned to Russia after all and his request was granted. Before the process could be completed however, Chentiev reapplied for asylum, claiming that he was suffering from psychological problems at the time of his request to drop his claim. He claims the stress of detention, threats to him and his family, and years of fighting extradition caught up to him.
Slovakia is obligated under international law not to return Anzor Chentiev to Russia. He must be allowed to either continue to live in Slovakia or move to another location where he will not face human rights abuses. Sign this petition to urge the Slovakian government to halt Chentiev’s deportation proceedings.
Dear President Kiska,
The imminent deportation of Anzor Chentiev must be halted. Forcing him to return to Russia, where he will certainly face human rights abuses, is against international law. I ask that you stay true to your obligations and allow Mr. Chentiev to either stay in Slovakia or move to a country that will take him without threatening his well being.
Mr. Chentiev only withdrew his original asylum application because of threats he received against him and his family, as well as the psychological stress he endured while attempting to stay in Slovakia. Please do the right thing and allow him to safely decide his future. Doing so would show the international community that you are serious about securing human rights in Slovakia.
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