We wish to emphasise the obligations of the Russian Federation under international human rights and humanitarian law and we call for strict compliance with these standards. Whatever its motivation, any police or security action must conform to fundamental humanitarian principles.
Everything possible must be done to save and protect innocent lives.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Council of Europe
Max van der STOEL
OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities
Council of Europe Press Service
Tel. +33 3 88 41 25 60 - Fax. +33 3 88 41 27 89