Second Quarterly Report for 2016 on the Human Rights Situation in the Occupied Regions of Georgia

For the year 2016, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs prepared the second Quarterly Report on the Human Rights Situation in the Occupied Regions of Georgia. The Report covers the period from April to June 2016 and reveals human rights violations in the occupied territories of Georgia during this period.

The report is prepared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia in coordination with various governmental agencies. The report is based on open sources of information and aims at providing the international community with periodic information on the human rights situation in Georgia’s occupied territories in order to ensure its adequate reaction.

It should be emphasized that gross violations of human rights, including arbitrary deprivation of life, arbitrary detention, restrictions of freedom of movement and mass infringement on property rights as well as restrictions on the right to receive education in the native language had been reported from the occupied territories in the indicated period.

It is particularly alarming that during the reporting period the right to life was violated, namely on 19 May 2016, the act of murder of Mr. Giga Otkhozoria was committed by so called “border guards”, deployed along the occupation line with the Abkhazian region. The murder was committed in the village of Khurcha, Zugdidi district, located in the territory controlled by the central government of Georgia.

During the reporting period, on 1st April 2016, the so-called “law on legal status of foreign citizens in Abkhazia” and “law on entry and exit of Abkhazia” became operational. The adoption of the mentioned so-called “laws” is directly linked to the new illegal wave of “passportisation”. Therefore, the present report pays close attention and analyses the new process of a so called “passportisation” and the introduction of new discriminatory regulations for ethnic Georgian in the occupied territories. All those developments further deteriorate the existing grave human rights conditions in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is concerned about the human rights situation in the occupied territories of Georgia and appeals to the international community to take immediate and adequate measures for eradication of grave violations of human rights and all forms of ethnic discrimination in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region.

Second Quarterly Report (April - June 2016) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the Human Rights Situation in the Occupied Regions of Georgi