The New York-based rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) has warned that the failure of the UN’s top human rights body to condemn Russia for alleged violations in Chechnya risks inflaming the war in the separatist republic. “Human Rights Watch deeply regrets that the resolution was not passed,” said Anna Neistat, head of HRW’s Moscow branch on Wednesday. “This practice has already shown that it risks causing a new aggravation of the situation,” she told AFP. The UN Commission on Human Rights failed during its annual session Wednesday to pass an EU-sponsored resolution condemning Russia for the war in Chechnya for the second year in a row — after consecutive condemnations in 2000 and 2001. After the annual meeting in 2002, “the situation deteriorated quickly, with Moscow seeing a sign that the world community had decided to close its eyes,” Neistat said. Full Story
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