Parliamentary Assembly Of The Council Of Europe Heard Report By Chechnya Human Rights Group

According to the statement made Monday to RIA Novosti by Dmitry Rogozin, the Russian co-chairman of the Chechnya human rights group and the chairman of the Committee on international affairs of the State Duma, parliament's lower house, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe gave a careful consideration to the report on the first results of the work of the joint human rights group for Chechnya. Rogozin stated that the joint group on human rights in Chechnya was established by the Council of Europe, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Russian parliamentary delegation this January. Lord Judd, chairman of the Political Commission of the Council of Europe became co-chairman of the group representing the Council of Europe and PACE. The group has summed up its work by compiling a list of 250 criminal cases related to crimes committed against civilians in the Chechen Republic. According to Rogozin, the PACE described the activities by the commission as useful and necessary. All matters related to Chechnya might be considered at the fall session of the PACE after the group completes its work. The group's second meeting will take place in Moscow in June and will be dominated by matters of political settlement of the Chechen problem.

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