Violations of fundamental human rights in Georgia’s occupied regions stressed at UN Human Rights Council session
23 March, 2018
The Permanent Representative of Georgia to the UN Office and other international organizations in Geneva, Victor Dolidze, spoke about the close cooperation between the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Georgia at the debate held within the framework of the 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council.
Victor Dolidze

According to the Georgian Foreign Ministry, he stressed the situation in the occupied Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region, as well as the death of Archil Tutunashvili in Tskhinvali.
soldier Archil Tatunashvili who died in captivity of Tskhinvali (South Ossetia)

Within the framework of the meeting, the EU, the US, Azerbaijan, the United Kingdom, Estonia, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Finland made statements about Georgia, in which the delegations unanimously supported Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.
The delegations unanimously supported Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity

The delegations welcomed Georgia's cooperation with the Office of the High Commissioner and expressed concern over the fact that representatives of the Office is not allowed to enter Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region. They emphasized the importance of international human rights monitoring in Abkhazia and “South Ossetia” and called on the country exercising effective control to let the monitoring mechanisms to work in the breakaway regions of Georgia.
Occupation line in Tskhinvali (South Ossetia)

In addition, the delegations of the EU, Estonia, Lithuania and Poland expressed their concern regarding violations of fundamental human rights in Abkhazia and “South Ossetia”.
Abandoned building in Abkhazia, Georgia's breakaway region

According to the delegation of the United Kingdom, there is a difficult situation in the occupied regions of Georgia: free movement, access to education in the native language and access to documents necessary for enjoying civil, cultural and political rights are restricted.

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