Presentation of Public Defender's Report - "Ten Years since the August War: Situation of Affected Persons in Georgia"

On 17 July 2019, in connection with the DayofInternational CriminalJustice, members of the Georgian Coalition for the International Criminal Court presented a report - "Ten Years since the August War, Situation of Affected Persons in Georgia".

Public Defender Nino Lomjaria spoke about the situation of IDPs, conflict-affected persons and population of the occupied territories. She noted that the situation of people living on the occupied territories was getting worse day by day. The Public Defender expressed concern about the cases of illegal deprivation of life and emphasized the murders of Davit Basharuli, Giga Otkozoria, Archil Tatunashvili and Irakli Kvaratskhelia by the occupational regimes.

"The war severely hit Georgia's political, economic and democratic development, as well as human relations. The border guards of the Russian Federation illegally detain and fine people in the regions with which we had intensive trade, close relations and friendly ties 10 years ago.

The conflicts of the 90s and 2008 affected more than half a million of our citizens. As of today, more than 280,000 IDPs are registered in Georgia. This figure indicates the challenges faced by our country and the huge responsibility of the central government," said Nino Lomjaria.

Speaking of the basic problems that remain unchanged over the years (waiting for the provision of housing, severe living conditions, social and economic hardship), the Public Defender underlined the necessity of transition to an approach adjusted to the needs of IDPs.

The Public Defender also welcomed the efforts of the Georgian Coalition for the International Criminal Court, the main purpose of which is to introduce and establish responsibility for crimes against war and humanity and to provide legal assistance to victims of such crimes at national and international level.

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