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Human Rights Panel Reports on Chechnya

By Ron Loggans

Geneva; Prague, April 2 (RFE/RL) - United Nations Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali today issued a report on the Chechnya conflict to the Geneva-based, United Nations Human Rights Commission.

The report cites attacks by Russian forces on Chechen towns, which are characterized as "completely indiscriminate, disproportionate and deliberate." The report also describes indiscriminate attacks against refugees, and the shelling of refugee camps by Russian forces. The report says Russian troops and separatist Chechen forces are guilty of summary executions of civilians and captured soldiers.

Boutros-Ghali submitted the report after the Human Rights Commission issued a statement, expressing "deep concern over the disproportionate use of force by the Russian armed forces." The Commission statement also strongly deplored the high number of victims and the suffering inflicted on the civilian population.

Boutros-Ghali's report cites some of the same abuses noted in a report issued last week on Chechnya by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The OSCE report accused Russian forces in Chechnya of waging "warfare against the civilians population."