Public Defender’s Statement on International Day of Peace
The International Day of Peace is marked on September 21 to strengthen and spread the idea of peace between peoples. The International Day of Peace was founded by the UN General Assembly in 1981 and a special resolution was adopted 20 years later, according to which, September 21 is marked as the International Day of Peace every year.
Peace is vital for our country. Despite the fact that no active armed actions are currently ongoing, people living in the conflict zone and along the occupation lines – Georgians, Abkhazians and Ossetians – still have to deal with the devastating consequences of war. As a result of conflicts of 1990’s and 2008, more than half a million of our citizens have been affected; our country faces a lot of serious challenges and it is the responsibility of our government to address them. In addition, the right to peace implies not only disarmament, but is also related to the everyday life.
One of the important directions and priorities of our work is to study and monitor the rights situation of conflict-affected population and people living in the occupied regions.
The Public Defender of Georgia once again calls on both the Georgian authorities and the international community to make every effort during official negotiations to exert international pressure on the Russian Federation and the de facto governments and make them take real steps aimed at improving the rights situation of conflicts-affected persons.