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Human rights in the North Caucasus: what follow-up to Resolution 1738 (2010)?

Recommendation 2099 (2017)

Parliamentary Assembly
Assembly debate on 25 April 2017 (13th Sitting) (see Doc. 14083, report of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, rapporteur: Mr Michael McNamara). Text adopted by the Assembly on 25 April 2017 (13th Sitting).
1. The Parliamentary Assembly refers to its Resolution 2157 (2017) “Human rights in the North Caucasus: what follow-up to Resolution 1738 (2010)” and stresses that it still considers the situation in the North Caucasus region with regard to safeguarding human rights and upholding the rule of law as one of the most serious and most delicate in the geographical area of the Council of Europe.
2. The Assembly therefore urges the Committee of Ministers to continue paying the utmost attention to the development of the human rights situation in the North Caucasus region, in particular in the Chechen Republic and in Dagestan, including by availing itself of the possibility to monitor the state of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in the North Caucasus under the Declaration of the Committee of Ministers of 10 November 1994 on compliance with commitments accepted by member States of the Council of Europe.
3. Regarding the implementation of the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights concerning the North Caucasus region, the Assembly commends the Committee of Ministers for placing these cases under enhanced supervision and issuing resolutions and encourages it to continue insisting on individual and general measures to end the climate of impunity, and in particular to continue resisting the Russian authorities’ attempts to make use of statute of limitations and amnesty laws to cement the impunity of the perpetrators of even the most egregious human rights violations.