Strasbourg, 13.03.2007 - The Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) today issued a public statement concerning the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation (available at http://www.cpt.coe.int/en).
The CPT's public statement is made under Article 10, paragraph 2, of the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Article 10 (2) provides that if a Party to the Convention "fails to cooperate or refuses to improve the situation in the light of the Committee's recommendations, the Committee may decide, after the Party has had an opportunity to make known its views, by a majority of two-thirds of its members to make a public statement on the matter."
This is the third time the CPT has made a public statement concerning the Chechen Republic. The previous statements were made in July 2001 and July 2003.