Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Arbour in Chechnya


U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Louise Arbour visits Chechnya today as part of a week-long tour of the North Caucasus, AP reports (via RFE/RL):

On 21 February, Arbour was in the North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia, where she held talks with the regional President Murat Zyazikov and met with Ingush refugees of the 1992 conflict in North Ossetia.

On 22 February, Arbour heads to North Ossetia where she will visit Beslan, the site of the bloody school siege in 2004 that left more than 330 people dead, many of them children.

Before ending her stay, Arbour will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is expected to raise what Russia sees as the "politicization of human rights" and "double standards" in the international community's approach to such issues.

19.30: There is a fairly full report on Louise Arbour's visit to Ingushetia yesterday at this link.

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Some OHCHR documents on Chechnya can be found here.

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