Parliamentary Assembly session : 31 March – 4 April 2003 

Situation in Chechnya

Council of Europe Secretary General deplores return to violence in Chechnya


Walter Schwimmer has described last night’s bus explosion in Grozny, in which at least eight people are reported to have been killed as ''absolutely deplorable''.He said that the attack was particularly shocking given the relative calm surrounding last month’s referendum. ''This is not only a despicable attack on human lives, but also on the hopes for a political settlement and a return to a normal, decent existence in Chechnya. It should be roundly condemned by all those who strive for peace in this part of the Russian Federation,''said Mr Schwimmer. (more…)

Council of Europe parliamentarians call for an end to the ''climate of impunity'' in Chechnya

If the efforts to bring to justice those guilty of human rights abuses are not intensified, and the climate of impunity in the Chechen Republic prevails, the international community should consider setting up an ad hoc tribunal to try war crimes and crimes against humanity in the republic, according to the Parliamentary Assembly which debated on 2 April a report by Rudolf Bindig (Germany, SOC). In a resolution adopted by a majority, the Assembly said that so far everyone involved had “failed dismally” to protect the people of the Chechen Republic from human rights abuses.

Videos record of the debates

Record 1

Record 2

Information documents

The Russian Federation and the Council of Europe

Resolution 1315 (2003) on evaluation of the prospects of a political solution to the conflict in the Chechen Republic, 29 January

Human rights situation in the Chechen Republic (Doc. 9732 + Addendum) - Rapporteur of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights: Mr Rudolf Bindig (Germany, SOC)

Referendum to 23 March

Draft constitution of the Chechen Republic

Opinion of the Venice Commission on the draft constitution of the Chechen Republic

Preliminary statement of joint Council of Europe-OSCE assessment mission to Chechnya (3 March 2003)

Bureau decision not to be present during Chechnya referendum (10 March 2003)

The referendum should bring the people of the Chechen Republic closer to peace and normality (Article published on 20 March 2003 in Izvestia)

Interview

“The Council of Europe will do everything possible to guide the military conflict towards a political process!”, Rudolf Bindig, Rapporteur of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights (Germany, SOC)

Press Releases

04/04/03 Council of Europe Secretary General deplores return to violence in Chechnya

02/04/03 Council of Europe parliamentarians call for an end to the ''climate of impunity'' in the Chechen Republic

01/04/03 Assembly debates the human rights situation in the Chechen Republic

26/03/03 Council of Europe stands ready to assist Russia with new Treaty on the Chechen Republic, says Walter Schwimmer

03/03/03 Joint Assessment Mission to Chechnya - Preliminary Statement

All the press releases