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UN Rights Commissioner Visiting North Caucasus Region

A Chechen refugee camp (file photo) (CTK) 20 February 2006 -- United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour travels to Ingushetia today, the first stop of her tour of Russia's troubled North Caucasus region.

Arbour travels to the regional capital Nazran for talks with Ingushetian President Murat Zyazikov. She will then visit the Gamurzievo camp where displaced persons from the conflict in neighboring Chechnya are being housed.

Human rights groups say Moscow has been forcibly sending refugees back to Chechnya in order to close down such camps.

Arbour arrived in Moscow on 19 February on a week-long trip to examine the human rights situation in the country.

During her stay, she will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who, Russia's Foreign Ministry says, will raise what Moscow sees as the "politicization of human rights" and "double standards."

Russia often accuses Western countries of double standards for giving asylum to exiled Chechen leaders, instead of returning them to Russia to be prosecuted for terrorism.


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The Chechnya Conflict

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