The Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights believes that
there cannot be peace without justice in the Chechen Republic. The
human rights situation in the Republic is the key to an equitable
political solution based on national reconciliation.
The human rights situation in the Chechen Republic is characterised
by gross human rights abuses, violations of international humanitarian
law and war crimes, committed by both sides to the conflict. So
far, everyone involved – the Russian government, administration
and judicial system, the different Chechen regimes – has failed
dismally to provide adequate protection from human rights abuses.
Even the influence and co-operation of international organisations
and their member states have not managed to ensure that the victims
of these abuses were granted redress, nationally or internationally.
The result is a climate of impunity which encourages further human
rights violations and which denies justice to thousands of victims.
If a meaningful political process is to develop in the Republic,
human rights violations must stop and those responsible for past
abuses must be brought to justice. The Assembly should thus recommend
that a variety of measures be taken by the relevant actors in the
Chechen Republic, the Russian Federation and the international community
to improve the human rights situation in the Chechen Republic without