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040100 [The Guardian] Chechnya still awaits human rights monitors

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    Chechnya still awaits human rights monitors Ian Traynor Saturday April 1, 2000 A month after the Kremlin bowed to western pressure to let international human
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      Chechnya still awaits human rights monitors
      Ian Traynor
      Saturday April 1, 2000
      A month after the Kremlin bowed to
      western pressure to let international human
      rights experts work in Chechnya, the
      officials have yet to be named at the
      Council of Europe in Strasbourg and there
      is little sign of their arriving in the
      war-ravaged republic.

      The UN human rights commissioner, Mary
      Robinson, arrived in Moscow yesterday on
      her way to a long-delayed visit to Chechnya
      to examine reports of atrocities and human
      rights abuses by Russian troops.
      But the Kremlin's new special
      representative for human rights in
      Chechnya, Vladimir Kalamanov, said he
      could not understand why the council had
      not yet sent two experts to work in his
      office in Chechnya.

      "It's very surprising. I don't know what
      they're waiting for," he said.
      "There's no problem at this end."

      After weeks of squabbling about £200,000
      funding for the international involvement, it
      was only on Thursday that the council's
      committee of ministers approved the
      project.

      "I can't give a time frame," said Dmitry
      Marchenkov, its spokesman. "Nothing's
      been announced officially."
      "These people could have been here weeks
      ago," said a senior western diplomat
      familiar with the negotiations. "But
      European bureaucracy can be as slow as in
      Russia.
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