Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Senior United Russia Deputy Endorses Critical Report on Caucasus

Posted by Info on 23/06/2010

The report by the Human Rights Committee of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly says the North Caucasus constitutes the most serious situation in the entire geographical area covered by the organization.

The document accuses authorities in Chechnya of maintaining a climate of fear while government opponents and human rights activists have disappeared. It also points to worrying killings of journalists in Ingushetia and warns that rising extremist violence jeopardizes stability in Dagestan.

Konstantin Kosachyov, head of the Russian delegation to the assembly and a senior member of United Russia, said the report was fairly objective. “It was prepared in cooperation with us. There was no attempt to morally lecture or to impose an outside view on us.”

Alison Gill, head of Human Rights Watch’s Moscow office:“It is unprecedented that this report is endorsed by the Russian delegation.”
Much of the report discusses abductions and killings of opponents of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov.

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