UNITED NATIONS Press Release


Commission on Human Rights
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AFTERNOON
13 April 2005
Experts on Countering Terrorism; Human Rights Defenders; Set of principles to Combat Impunity; and Rights of Migrant Workers Address Commission

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Continuation of General Debate on Specific Groups and Individuals

UMAR KHANBIEV, of Transnational Radical Party, said that after six years of war, the situation in Chechnya was disastrous. There had been an alarming rise in the number of refugees and internally displaced persons. Acts committed against the civilian population had forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes and abandon their livelihoods. Current figures put the number of refugees at 200,000 to 250,000. The situation was also gravely threatened by the absence of prospects for a political solution to the conflict, and by the spreading of violence in the region. The killing of the legally-elected Chechen President by Russian special forces in March 2005 could further aggravate the situation, worsening conditions for vulnerable groups and individuals in the region. The current Chechen leader continued to advocate the line of searching for a peaceful solution to the conflict by opening negotiations to bring the war to an end and solving the mounting problem of the refugees. The Commission should take note of the human rights situation of the Chechen people, and should appeal to the High Commissioner for Human Rights to take urgent measures to redress the situation.