UN committee urges Russia to probe Chechnya torture cases Michael Sung at 4:07 PM ET
[JURIST] The UN Committee against Torture (CAT) [official website] urged Russia Friday to investigate and prosecute [press release] what it called the "widespread use of torture" in Chechnya [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The human rights body cited "reliable reports" of the existence of secret detention facilities where "detainees faced torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment." CAT also expressed its concern that "numerous, ongoing and consistent allegations that abductions and enforced disappearances in the Chechen Republic were inflicted by or at the instigation of public officials."
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