GENEVA - A U.N. panel on Nov. 7 sharply criticized human rights violations in Russia, highlighting the impunity of security forces in the breakaway republic of Chechnya and the government's clampdown on the Russian media.The U.N. Human Rights Committee pointed to what it viewed as the ill treatment of prisoners under interrogation, executions and torture in Chechnya, as well as state closures of independent television and newspapers, after a regular examination of Russia. "We were certainly concerned about a substantial number of things, and it's quite a long list," said Sir Nigel Rodley, o...
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