Council of Europe's Secretary General reports little progress in human rights and humanitarian situation in conflict-affected Georgia

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Consolidated reports on the conflict in Georgia have been prepared by the Secretary-General since 2010, following a Committee of Ministers decision. The current report is based, inter alia, on the results of the fact-finding visit to Tbilisi on 13-14 February 2023. The delegation also had the possibility to observe the situation at the Administrative Boundary Line. The current report examines, inter alia, the implementation of the European Court’s judgments concerning the armed conflict between Georgia and the Russian Federation.

 

Strasbourg, May 6.– Serious concerns persist regarding the human rights situation in the areas affected by the armed conflict between the Russian Federation and Georgia in August 2008, according to a report by Secretary-General Marija Pejčinović Burić presented to the Committee of Ministers and published on April 19.

The bi-annual report (covering the period November 2022–March 2023) on the conflict in Georgia highlighted that core issues concerning the human rights and humanitarian situation in the conflict-affected areas continue to see little progress. Various restrictions on freedom of movement and access to education and healthcare remain of serious concern, including in terms of their impact on vulnerable groups.

Against the continuous impediments by the Russian Federation to peaceful conflict resolution, security, and stability in the wider region, the Secretary-General welcomed Georgia’s continuous efforts and initiatives aimed at promoting dialogue and reconciliation, and their provision of free access to health care, education, and other social benefits for all residents of the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, as well as their efforts to address the needs of internally displaced persons.

During the period under review, operational activities on Confidence-Building Measures were continued. The report, for instance, notes that archive specialists from both sides of the Administrative Boundary Line (ABL) continued to work in online format and met in person, for the first time since the Covid-19 public health crisis. Efforts have been initiated to facilitate dialogue between psychologists specialized in war traumas and the prevention of gender-based violence on both sides of the ABL. The development of further initiatives continues in close coordination with the Office of the State Minister of Georgia for Reconciliation and Civic Equality.

The Secretary-General stressed that continuing her periodic reporting to the Committee of Ministers on the conflict in Georgia will remain a high priority.

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