The organization Voice of Beslan has asked the leadership of the United States and the European Union to help investigate the bloody school siege in the city that took place in September 2004.
In a statement quoted by the Interfax news agency, the organization, which is made up of members from the Beslan Mothers’ committee, asked the U.S. leadership to publish satellite photographs of the school made during the siege. The organization asked for those photographs to be presented to local citizens at the trial of the suspected attacker, Nurpashi Kulayev.
“We also address the European Union and the European Parliament whose members spoke publicly about their intentions to hold an international investigation of the Beslan terrorist attack. We cannot demand, but we ask for support for our efforts to investigate the terrible crime that took the lives of our relatives,” the statement read.
Based in London, we are an informal group dedicated to supporting democracy and human rights throughout
the former Soviet Union. Our aims are:
Informing the public about issues in this area that receive little coverage in the Western media.
Staging peaceful demonstrations and letter-writing campaigns in support of specific causes.
Supporting and publicising nonviolent pro-democracy groups throughout the region.
Encouraging European and American involvement.
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