March 14, 2007 -- Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov has rejected charges by the Europe's top rights watchdog of continuing abuses in Chechnya.
On March 13, the antitorture committee of the Council of Europe issued a statement saying that detainees in Chechnya were being ill-treated and tortured by members of Russian law enforcement agencies.
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It was the third time the Council of Europe has criticized Russia over the issue.
But Kadyrov told Interfax that human rights abuses in Chechnya were a thing of the past.
Kadyrov said Chechnya had made "significant progress respecting human rights in prisons" and that the government was striving to make residents of the republic "feel protected by the law."
Likewise, Chechen Deputy Prime Minister Ziyad Sabsabi said those who think torture continues in the republic "are living somewhere in the past."
The aftermath of a December 2002 Chechen resistance attack on the main government building in Grozny (epa)
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