During his visit, Mr Gil-Robles will continue discussions with the Russian authorities concerning the human rights situation. He will also discuss possible cooperation with the newly created Office of the Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for ensuring human rights and freedoms of people and citizens in the Chechen Republic, particularly in what ways the Council of Europe can assist the work of the Office.
The programme of the visit includes on 25 February meetings with Russian Foreign Minister Igor IVANOV, the newly appointed Human Rights Representative for Chechnya Vladimir KALAMANOV and representatives of NGOs concerned with human rights. The Human Rights Commissioner has also asked to go to Chechnya, to examine the situation there.
Sabine Zimmer or Dmitri Marchenkov, Council of Europe Press Service
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