Moscow, 31 March 2000 (RFE.RL) - U.N. Human Rights Commissioner
Mary Robinson today arrived in Moscow for a visit to look into the human
rights situation in Chechnya. She told reporters, "I have come to ascertain the nature of the
response to very serious allegations of human rights abuses, also to inform
myself about the condition of those held in places of detention or
filtration camps and to assess the overall humanitarian and human right
situation of the civilian population, in particular in Chechnya."
Robinson plans tomorrow to go to the Chechen capital, Grozny, and
to refugee camps in neighboring Ingushetia.
Meanwhile, fighting in southeastern Chechnya continued today.
A Russian military statement said there were more clashes near the
area where rebels ambushed two Russian convoys earlier this week.
The Kremlin said four troops were killed in the ambush and 39 are
missing. Six managed to escape.