Can the OSCE be effective in addressing the worst human rights problem in the region?
Vienna, 27 October 2003. The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe should use the opportunity of its session on 5-6 November 2003 in Chisinau/Moldova to address the human rights situation in the Chechen Republic in a manner demanded by the gravity of the abuses there.
International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF) / Moscow Helsinki Group (MHG)
Vienna, September 2003 - The International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF) is a non-governmental organization that seeks to promote compliance with the human rights provisions of the Helsinki Final Act and its follow-up documents. In addition to supporting and providing liaison among 41 Helsinki committees and cooperating organizations, the IHF has direct links with human rights activists in countries where no Helsinki committees exist. It has consultative status with the United Nations and the Council of Europe.
Moscow, 18 July 2003. As part of its on-going monitoring of human rights problems in Chechnya, the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF) dispatched a five-member mission to Ingushetiya and Chechnya from 13 - 17 July. On 15 July a team visited Grozny. The delegation consisted of Aage Borchgrevink of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, Krassimir Kanev of the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee, Jan ter Laak of the Netherlands Helsinki Committee, Aleksandr Lyuboslavski of the Moscow Helsinki Group and Vladimir Weissman of the IHF.
Continued Impunity Demonstrates Need for ad hoc Tribunal
H.E. Eduard Shevardnadze
President of the Republic Georgia
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Statement on behalf of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights, International League for Human Rights and International Service for Human Rights, 59th Session of the Commission on Human Rights, Agenda item 9 - Chechnya
Piatigorsk, North Caucasus, 31 March 2003,- We, the participants of the seminar, "Chechnya: The protection of individual rights and armed conflict", held in Piatigorsk, North Caucasus, 28-30 March 2003,
Report by the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF), jointly with the Caucasian Centre for Human Rights and Conflict Studies (CAUCASIA)
Moscow, 22 January 2003. While the Russian state takes steps to push displaced Chechens out of IDP camps and has organized a constitutional referendum in Chechnya for 23 March 2003 - promoting the notion that the situation is being "normalized" - civilians continue to be abducted, beaten, tortured and murdered by Russian military and security forces.
Vienna, 23 December 2002. The International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF) is deeply concerned about violations of the rights of ethnic Chechens in Georgia and by the justification of these violations as being necessary for anti-terrorist operations.
Moscow/Vienna, 20 December 2002 - The International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF) and the Moscow Helsinki Group (MHG) today condemned the lack of accountability for serious crimes committed by Russian forces against civilians in the course of the armed conflict in Chechnya. The condemnation came as the Moscow-based Serbsky psychiatric institute declared Colonel Yuri Budanov "temporarily insane" as he strangled to death eighteen-year-old Kheda Kungaeva on 26 March 2000. This declaration is likely to lead to an acquittal of Colonel Budanov on murder charges.
Vienna, 31 October 2002 - On 28-29 October, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is holding a meeting on "Community policing as a confidence-building measure in minority communities".
Moscow/Vienna, 24 October 2002. - The International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF) condemns the mass hostage taking at a Moscow theatre by armed Chechen fighters. On 23 October at approximately 9:00 p.m., up to forty armed men and women reportedly violently seized the theatre where approximately 800 members of the public had gathered to watch a popular musical.
(Oslo, 12 October 2002) - With approximately one million people killed during three months in April - July 1994, the genocide in Rwanda was one of the most extensive of the 20th century. The international community did too little to prevent the genocide, but wanted through establishing the International Tribunal for Rwanda (the Arusha Tribunal), to prosecute the main architects of the genocide and thereby contribute to the revival of peace and reconciliation.
Skopje, Vienna, 27 August 2002, After the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF) organized three missions to Macedonia in 2001, two during the conflict period (22-27 April and 19-23 May 2001) and one after the signing of the Ohrid Framework Agreement (12-15 September 2001), the IHF team and the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights of the Republic of Macedonia (MHC) undertook a joint mission to Macedonia on May 27th and 28th, 2002.
A Pattern of Increasing Disappearances "Bordering on Genocide."
Ulrich Fischer (Înternational Helsinki Federation for Human Rights, Vice President)
Krassimir Kanev (Bulgarian Helsinki Committee)
Natasa Novakovic (Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia)
Joachim Frank (IHF Secretariat)
Lamija Muzurovic (IHF Secretariat)
Mirjana Najcevska (Helsinki Committee for Human Rights of the Republic of Macedonia)
Ana Adamcevska (Helsinki Committee for Human Rights of the Republic of Macedonia)
Saso Durcinovski (Helsinki Committee for Human Rights of the Republic of Macedonia)
TO: Delegations to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe