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RUSSIA versus Chechnya

A recent posting reported that Russia had expelled OSCE human rights observers from Checbnya. A Reuters dispatch (1/16/03) gives some background. Titled "Chechens take Russia to European court", it begins "The European Court of Human Rights ruled that six Chechens may proceed with claims against Moscow over allegations of human rights abuses perpetrated during the conflict in 1999 and 2000. The Strasbourg-based court said in a statement it would carry out an in-depth study of the complaints, the first the court has accepted out of some 120 submitted relating to the Chechnya conflict".

Ronald Hilton - 1/17/03