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Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 10 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of (a) the availability of food and (b) the (i) economic, (ii) human rights and (iii) medical situation in Chechnya; and if he will make a statement. (89574)

To a large extent DFID relies on the UN organisations, including the World Food Programme (WFP), working in the North Caucasus to provide information on the humanitarian situation in Chechnya. An independent, comprehensive assessment of food security and nutrition in Chechnya and Ingushetia, commissioned by the WFP, is due to report later this month. Informed by a large number of household surveys, this will cover food security, nutrition, health services, shelter and economic activity in both republics. It will be used by WFP to plan their strategy for the next two years with a view to the phasing down of humanitarian activities and a possible increased focus on transition and rehabilitation.

Russia is signed up to the Council of Europe's Convention on Human Rights and is bound by these obligations and decisions of the European Court of Human Rights. The FCO, through the British Embassy in Moscow, monitors the human rights situation in the North Caucasus and raises specific concerns with the Russian Authorities as well as through international organisations; these are detailed in the FCO's Annual Reports on Human Rights.