Russian Federation / Northern Caucasus : ICRC appeals to the warring parties in Chechnya
10-07-1996 News Release 96/23
Geneva (ICRC) - Following the renewed outbreak of fierce fighting in southern Chechnya, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is extremely concerned about the plight of the civilian population, which is once again bearing the brunt of the hostilities.
The ICRC calls on the warring parties and all other entities and persons involved to respect international humanitarian law. It urges them in particular to respect and protect civilians by refraining from launching indiscriminate attacks, spreading terror among the population or using it for military purposes. It further enjoins them to ensure that persons captured and detained are treated humanely, to care for the wounded and the sick, to protect hospitals and medical personnel and to respect the red cross and red crescent emblem.
The ICRC earnestly requests the parties to facilitate access for its delegates to all the victims and other people affected by the conflict and to enable them to assist and protect all those in need.