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  • Kai Ivari
    Somewhat old but still good to know: STRASBOURG, 21.07.2000 Twenty detained persons have been released from Chernokozovo prison, thanks to the Office of
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      Somewhat old but still good to know:

      STRASBOURG, 21.07.2000 Twenty detained persons have been released from
      Chernokozovo
      prison, thanks to the Office of Vladimir Kalamanov,
      the Russian Presidents pecial Representative
      for Human Rights as Ombudsman in Chechnya, which operates with the
      assistance of three Council
      of the 41-nation Organisation Walter Schwimmer
      This brings the number of persons released with the
      Office's aid to 220.


      Of the twenty former prisoners, nineteen are ethnic Chechens and one
      is Russian, whilst five of the
      group are female. The released persons participated in fighting or
      helped rebel fighters in Chechnya,
      but had not committed any major crimes. Their release was obtained on
      the basis of the amnesty law
      of 13 December 1999. All twenty will receive the correct
      identification documents, and have been
      given a decision from the prosecutor of their release, who advised
      them to visit the Office of Mr
      Kalamanov in Znamenskoye if they required any legal or other help. The
      Council of Europe experts
      have participated in the whole procedure and accompanied the former
      detainees from the prison.

      The arrival of the three Council of Europe staff over a month ago
      marked the presence of the first
      international political organisation in Chechnya since the beginning
      of the conflict in 1999. The
      experts are working in the Office under an agreement reached between
      Russian Foreign Minister
      Igor Ivanov and Mr Schwimmer, and help the Office to collect and
      process information on alleged
      human rights violations and forward it to competent Russian
      authorities for the follow-up.

      http://www.coe.fr/Press/Index.asp?Link=CPE

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      K.I. - At least something, the problem is that COE Ministers
      will present it as a major breakthrough in the human rights
      situation in Chechnya, while the people will still be
      routinely killed, kidnapped, tortureed, shelled and
      looted. What is 220 freed in comparison with a
      suppression and genocide of a whole nation... But, of
      course, all the Western governments need is a visibility
      that the situation is OK. So, Mr Schwimmer is running
      to fulfill the demand.
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