Ministry of Foreign Affairs published the Fourth 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 Fourth Quarterly Report on the Human Rights Situation in the Occupied Regions of Georgia. The Report covers the period from October to December 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 inhuman treatment, 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. The process of installation of barbed wire fences, other artificial obstacles and banners across the occupation line adds to the gravity of the otherwise tense situation. It should be emphasized that during the reporting period the decision was made on closing down two more crossing points along the occupation line with the Abkhazian region. In addition, it was decided to extend so called “border zone” in the Abkhazian region. These developments aim to further restrict freedom of movement of local residents.

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.

Fourth Quarterly Report of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the Human Rights Situation in the Occupied Regions of Georgia