United Nations human rights alarms about possibility of Moscow office being closed. The United Nations human rights chief said on Thursday (March 11) that the Russian government had indicated it would close his Moscow office, and he decried what he called the shrinking space for dissent, Reuters reports. In a speech, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein told the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva: "I am concerned about signals received from the government regarding its intention to close our presence in Moscow." More cooperation with his office, rather than less, was needed "on the subject of the shrinking space for human rights defenders and non-governmental organizations", Zeid said. It is not the first time the Russian authorities try to hinder the organization's activities. In November, 2002 the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator voiced his alarm at Russia's plan to close a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Ingushetia. In April 2007 UNHCR and other UN agencies withdrew from Ingushetia after a rocket attack on their joint compound in the town of Nazran. The offices remain closed and the incident showed that security remains an issue.