Article by Libby Purves on Chechnya
29 October 2002
1 Pennington Street
Re: "Putin Is Forced Into Human Rights Limelight", by Libby Purves
We are writing to express our appreciation for publishing the above article (29 October) about the long Chechen struggle for independence and the massive human rights violations, including child rape, torture and mutilation, that Russian troops are perpetrating on a daily basis in the republic of Chechnya.
The author, Libby Purves, showed a welcome understanding of how the "casual, arrogant abuse" inflicted on the civilian Chechen population is proving to be wholly counterproductive.
We hope your paper will continue to call for a negotiated and peaceful settlement in Chechnya and not be among those who have turned a blind eye to the atrocities being committed there.
Mr Inayat Bunglawala
The Muslim Council of Britain