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UN Rights Official Visits Chechnya

UN High Commissioner Arbour met with human rights groups yesterday in Nazran (RFE/RL) 21 February 2006 -- United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour travels to Chechnya today, the second stop of her tour of Russia's troubled North Caucasus region.

Arbour is in Russia on a weeklong tour to examine the human rights situation in the country.

On 21 February, Arbour was in the North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia, where she held talks with the regional President Murat Zyazikov and met with Ingush refugees of the 1992 conflict in North Ossetia.

On 22 February, Arbour heads to North Ossetia where she will visit Beslan, the site of the bloody school siege in 2004 that left more than 330 people dead, many of them children.

Before ending her stay, Arbour will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is expected to raise what Russia sees as the "politicization of human rights" and "double standards" in the international community's approach to such issues.


The Chechnya Conflict

The Chechnya Conflict

The aftermath of a December 2002 Chechen resistance attack on the main government building in Grozny (epa)


The fighting in Chechnya has raged, with short breaks, since 1994. It has brought misery, death, and destruction to the North Caucasus republic and to Russia as a whole. View an annotated timeline of the conflict.


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