Bella camp displaced persons to take legal action to render Federal agency ‘close’ order unlawful

INGUSHETIA, October 15, Caucasus Times – More than 100 families of the Chechen refugees relocated to ‘Satsita’ settlement from ‘Bella’ camp closed recently, are about to take a legal action to recognize the order of the Federal Migration service to close Bella refugee camp as unlawful.

As the order (01.08.03, #23/4449) of the Russian Interior Ministry Migration service prescribed due to “the danger of possible fire, destruction and infections in the camp» to have Bella refugee camp closed since September 1, 2003. After that the majority (over 160 families) of the camp residents were moved to ‘Satsita’ camp.

According to the Chechen displaced persons living in ‘Satsita’ camp the same conditions are found in their new settlement. Meanwhile, they say, the authorities are in pursuit to force them out of ‘Satstita’ camp bringing pressure on the refugees.

The people are convinced the main objective of the authorities “is not to bring a relief and care about the people, but the desire to reduce the number of camps in Ingushetia.”

Malika Suleymenova, Caucasus Times, Ingushetia

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