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NATO Parliamentary Assembly accuses Russia of human rights violations in Ukraine and Georgia
28 May, 2018
Iryna Friz, the chairman of Ukraine’s permanent delegation, stated on her social media account that a report of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly that held its spring session in Warsaw on Saturday, identified Russia as responsible for human rights violations in Ukraine and Georgia, reports uawire.org.
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NATO Parliamentary Assembly accuses Russia of human rights violations in Ukraine and Georgia

The report “Fostering Democracy and Human Rights in the Black Sea Region” was presented by special rapporteur Ulla Schmidt. It highlights massive
violations of human rights in the occupied territories of Ukraine.

The draft report focuses on the Black Sea area due to the region’s increased strategic importance for NATO. Furthermore, the area represents a diverse microcosm of actors important to NATO, including three NATO Allies, two NATO aspirants, one NATO partner, and one country that considers NATO its adversary.
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The draft report focuses on the Black Sea area due to the region’s increased strategic importance for NATO

The draft report provides an overview of political developments in the Black Sea states, including the efforts (where appropriate) to consolidate democratic institutions, challenges in protecting human rights and civil liberties, and fighting corruption as well as implementing reform agendas.

The General Rapporteur argues that the Euro-Atlantic community needs to strengthen its focus on democracy, rule of law and human rights indicators in its approaches to the Black Sea region. These improvements are vital for the cohesion of the Alliance; the Euro-Atlantic prospects of Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine; normalisation of relations with Russia; and, more generally, the de-escalation of tensions and prevention of conflicts in the Black Sea area.
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A convoy of Russian troops makes its way toward the armed conflict between Georgian troops and separatist South Ossetian troops
Village of Dzhaba, August 9, 2008. (Dmitry Kostyukov/AFP)


“The presenter supports the theses of Russia’s responsibility for human rights violations not only in the east of Ukraine, but also in Abkhazia and South Ossetia (breakaway regions of Georgia),” Friz emphasized.

According to special rapporteur Ulla Schmidt, a quick solution to the Donbas conflict - an armed conflict in the Donbass region of Ukraine, that occurred when protests by pro-Russian and anti-government groups took place in the aftermath of the 2014 Ukrainian revolution and the Euromaidan movement, is unrealistic.
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Pro-Russian protesters in Donetsk, 9 March 2014

However, NATO PA representatives acknowledge that Ukrainian leaders seek to “talk with people, and not resolve the conflict by military methods.”

“The key task today is accomplishing a cease-fire, but no progress on the part of the self-proclaimed republics is seen,” Friz claimed.
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Euromaidan in Kyiv

According to the chairman, the speaker clearly defines the situation in the Donbas and Crimea, concluding that countries should increase pressure on the Russian Federation.

It is noteworthy that final hearing in case of Russian-Georgian war 2008 has recently been held at European Court of Human Rights. The court has started working on the judgment, which will presumably be announced in a few months.
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Russian soldiers holding down a street during the Russian-Georgian war, 2008

Georgia accuses Russia of serious aggression committed in August 2008 and violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights and its Protocols in the following period. In particular, Georgia believes that Russia violated the articles of the European Convention, which pertain to the right to life, prohibition of torture, inhuman and degrading treatment, freedom and security, freedom of movement, etc.
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Russian soldiers. August 2008

The Russo-Georgian War of august 2008, one of the most painful events in modern history of Georgian, was a war between Georgia, Russia and the Russian-backed self-proclaimed republics of Tskhinvali (so-called South Ossetia) and Abkhazia. The war took place in August 2008 following a period of worsening relations between Russia and Georgia. The fighting took place in the strategically important Transcaucasia region. It was regarded as the first European war of the 21st century.

Source: uawire.org

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