Joint statement on Chechnya, Russia


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Joint statement on Chechnya, Russia


25 February 2000

           HUMAN RIGHTS HIGH COMMISSIONER,
     SECRETARIES-GENERAL OF OSCE AND COUNCIL OF
          EUROPE REITERATE CALL FOR CHECHNYA
                      MONITORING
 
 
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the
Secretary-General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in
Europe and the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe today
expressed their deep concern at continuing reports of violations of
human rights and humanitarian law by federal forces in Chechnya,
Russia.
 
They emphasised the importance of a credible response to these
allegations and expressed their readiness to support the national
authorities, in particular the presidential representative for human
rights in Chechnya, in investigating human rights violations.
 
They reiterated their call on the authorities of the Russian
Federation to allow international monitoring of the human rights
situation.
 
They urged that full access and appropriate conditions be provided to
enable international humanitarian assistance to be delivered and that
access to detainees and internally displaced persons be granted.

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