No improvement in human rights in the North Caucasus

PACE has said that the human rights situation in the North Caucasus remains “one of the most serious in the entire geographical area covered by the Council of Europe”.

In a resolution, the Assembly said reports of large-scale abductions, secret detentions, torture and even extrajudicial killings of LGBT persons in Chechnya were a “a new and particularly grave concern” and called for a special investigation into this matter.

The Assembly said the authorities in Chechnya “continue to nurture a climate of pervading fear in an atmosphere of personalisation of power”.

It pointed to an ongoing climate of impunity, pressure on journalists and NGOs, a deteriorating situation for women and girls, and a failure to implement Strasbourg Court rulings involving Chechnya.