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27 Dec 2016

Julia Orlova, Memorial HRC (Russia)

“Golyanovo Slaves” Case Reached Strasbourg

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On November 25, 2016 lawyers...filed a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights in regards with the case of “Golyanovo slaves”.  The applicants are sisters Fatima Musabaeva and Aliya Musabaeva from Kazakhstan and two citizens of Uzbekistan, Gulzhanar Nazanova and Bakiya Kasimova.  At different times between years 2004 and 2007 they worked in shops located in “Golyanovo” Moscow District...[T]heir documents were taken away.  They worked from early morning till late at night, often without any lunch or sleep breaks.  They were not allowed to leave the shop premises.  For any little “mistake”...they were beaten up.  All four women were raped in the shop...When inspections came, all “slaves” were hidden in the warehouse or given someone else’s documents.  The shops’ owners were never prosecuted in Russia...In their complaint to ECHR the lawyers claim that the “Golyanovo slaves” had their rights violated under several articles of the European Convention on Human Rights: Article 3 (Prohibition of torture), Article 4 (Prohibition of slavery and forced labour), Article 8 (Right to respect for private and family life), Article 13 (Right to an effective remedy) and Article 14 (Prohibition of discrimination)...