Tanya Lokshina: "Russian authorities unjustifiably separated a baby from his mother, gave her no information for almost a full day, and then told her family to retrieve the body."

posted 28 Oct 2015, 06:09 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 28 Oct 2015, 06:12 ]
"Umarali Nazarov was five months old when he died. The cause of his death is unknown. What is known is that he died separated from his family in a hospital in St Petersburg, less than 24 hours after police tore him from the arms of his mother, 21-year-old Zarina Yunusova, a migrant from Tajikistan. [...] That evening, the court released Yunusova after fining her for violating migration regulations and ordering her to leave the country within 15 days. Police told her Umarali was at a hospital, or rather a social and medical rehabilitation center for children. She rushed there, but hospital security would not let her in as it was past visiting hours. The security guards told her to return the next day. But early in the morning her family received a phone call from a hospital official, saying that Umarali died, and they could pick up the body. [...] It is not known when and how Umarali died. An investigation is currently underway. Russian media have quoted the authorities' preliminary report indicating that the death could have been caused by “a respiratory viral infection.” Whether it’s true remains to be seen. With the growing media outcry and numerous public petitions to investigative authorities, some light is bound to be shed on the circumstances of the baby’s death. Even if every last detail emerges, however, what will forever be etched in the public mind is that Russian authorities unjustifiably separated a baby from his mother, gave her no information for almost a full day, and then told her family to retrieve the body."

- Tanya Lokshina, Russia Program Director, Human Rights Watch


Source: Tanya Lokshina, 'Dispatches: A Baby’s Death in Russia – No Words Left,' Human Rights Watch, 27 October 2015
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