A report of the Ombudsman Council of Europe on the North Caucasus was presented
Human Rights Commissioner of Council of Europe Thomas Hammarberg presented his report on the security situation in the North Caucasus. As reported by "Georgia-News", according to Hammarberg, the security situation has faced with "serious challenges" for the protection of human rights. He also believes that efforts must be made in order to sever the links between corruption, organized crime and terrorism.
In the period from 12 to 21 May the Commissioner for Human Rights of Council of Europe had carried out a familiarization visit to the region. He announced the impression from this trip today in a report.
"Impunity and lack of security undermines the protection of human rights in the North Caucasus" and "efforts to improve the quality of life of people in this region should be continued" - RIA Novosti quotes the report of Commissioner.
"We need to show more determination to put an end to serious human rights violations such as abductions, disappearances and ill-treatment of detainees" - he further argued in its report.
"We are able and we must fight against terrorism while respecting human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law" - said Hammerberg. "At the same time, the state must protect people from terrorism and the actions of illegal armed groups while respecting human rights" - he explained.
In addition, Hammarberg "recommended further efforts aimed at breaking the link between corruption, organized crime and terrorism to prevent their pernicious influence on society".
Further, he also emphasized the need for security and human rights defenders themselves. "Any act of aggression against them must be thoroughly investigated" - concluded Commissioner for Human Rights of Council of Europe in his report.