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Chechnya: Council Of Europe Reviewing Human Rights

Riga, Latvia; 12 December 2000 (RFE/RL) - A Council of Europe committee is meeting in Riga today to discuss the human rights situation in Chechnya. The committee's meeting will involve 40 officials from 24 nations, and a document summing up its results will be approved after the session ends Thursday. The political committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will also review the rights of ethnic minorities.

Committee Chairman Lord Frank Judd of Britain told Interfax that he will report the findings of his trip to Russia this week.

The committee meeting is in Riga because Latvia holds the current chairmanship of the Council of Europe. The council suspended Russia's voting rights last April over the federal military assault on the breakaway republic. The assembly has scheduled a debate next month on reinstating Russia's vote.