Geneva; Prague, April 2 (RFE/RL) - United Nations Secretary
General Boutros Boutros-Ghali today issued a report on the Chechnya
conflict to the Geneva-based, United Nations Human Rights Commission.
The report cites attacks by Russian forces on Chechen towns, which
are characterized as "completely indiscriminate, disproportionate and
deliberate." The report also describes indiscriminate attacks against
refugees, and the shelling of refugee camps by Russian forces. The
report says Russian troops and separatist Chechen forces are guilty
of summary executions of civilians and captured soldiers.
Boutros-Ghali submitted the report after the Human Rights Commission
issued a statement, expressing "deep concern over the
disproportionate use of force by the Russian armed forces." The
Commission statement also strongly deplored the high number of
victims and the suffering inflicted on the civilian population.
Boutros-Ghali's report cites some of the same abuses noted in a
report issued last week on Chechnya by the Organization for Security
and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The OSCE report accused Russian
forces in Chechnya of waging "warfare against the civilians