Chechnya and the North Caucasus

06 May 2011

The House of Lords discussed the conflict in Chechnya and the North Caucasus on Thursday 5 May. The debate examined the political situation in the region, including other key North Caucasus states – Ingushetia, South Ossetia and Abkhazia – and the implications for global security.

Lord Judd (Labour), opened the debate.

Issues discussed during the course of debate included:

  • lack of ‘the sustained focus of international attention and analysis’ on the situation in the region
  • historical relationship between Russia and the region
  • deaths of journalists Anna Politkovskaya and Natalia Estemirova
  • European Court of Human Rights judgments against the Russian Federation on serious human rights violations across the North Caucasus
  • political leadership and the situation in Chechnya
  • role of international organisations, including NATO, Council of Europe, non-governmental organisations and the UN
  • how to build a peace process in the region, including strengthening civil society.

Contributors to the debate

Other Members who took part in the debate included (use the links to watch/listen to their contributions):

  • Viscount Waverley (Crossbench), strong political interest in international affairs 
  • Lord Rea (Labour), a former Deputy Opposition Spokesperson for Health and International Development with an interest in Chechnya 
  • Lord Jopling (Conservative), Member of the House of Lords EU Sub-Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Development Policy.

Lord Wallace of Saltaire, Government spokesperson for the Home Office, responded on behalf of the government.

Further information

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