Washington, March 6 (RFE/RL) - The U.S. State department says
Russia and China continue to be serious human rights offenders,
violating international norms.
The charge is made in the U.S. State Department's annual report on
human rights practices around the world. The report, covering 1995,
was made public today. It is required by the U.S. Congress and is
used as a guide for U.S. foreign policy and economic assistance.
This year's report of more than 1,000 pages covers 194 nations and
It says human rights abuses in Russia were committed during the
"continued and widespread use of Russian military force against
civilians in Chechnya."
The report says 1995 also saw the undermining of official
institutions monitoring human rights in Russia, as well as "the
continued violation of rights and liberties by security forces."