Strasbourg, 28.07.2005 - Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner Alvaro Gil Robles is visiting Russia from 27 to 31 July.
He will participate in an international conference in Kislovodsk on strengthening the role of justice in the defence of human rights in the Chechen Republic. Jointly organised by the Council of Europe and the Russian Federal Ombudsman Vladimir Lukin, the conference will bring together representatives of the federal and regional authorities, and the most active NGOs, including a large delegation from the Chechen Republic.
Top speakers include Chechen President Alu Alkhanov, leading human rights activist Ella Pamfilova, Russian Deputy Prosecutor General Nicolai Shepel and Deputy Interior Minister Arcadi Edelev.
A press briefing will be held on 28 July at 1 pm at the conference venue.
The Human Rights Commissioner will then go to Moscow, where he will meet the main NGOs for a discussion on human rights in Russia (31 July).
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