UNHCHR/CE/OSCE: Joint statement on Chechnya

GENEVA/STRASBOURG/THE HAGUE, 08.12.99 - We wish to express our profound concern at the situation of civilians in Grozny who, according to the ultimatum of 6th December from the Federal authorities of the Russian Federation, are being given no other choice than to leave the city within five days or risk injury or death as a result of indiscriminate bombardment.
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
Secretary General

Max van der STOEL
OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities

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