Zourabichvili talks about Russian occupation at Labour Conference
12 June, 2019
Zourabichvili talks about Russian occupation at Labour Conference
President of Georgia Salome Zourabichvili took part in the 108th Session of the International Labour Conference, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the International Labour Organization.

The Conference brought together the heads of 40 countries, as well as over 5,000 delegates from 187 countries. The aim of the conference was to discuss contemporary labor challenges, violence, and overcoming harassment.

President of Georgia Salome Zourabichvili spoke about Georgia’s occupied territories at the conference of the International Labor Organization and
noted that achievements, progress, and new rights are unfortunately not available in the occupied territories and the whole population of the country, InterPressNews has been informed by the President's Administration.

"20% of Georgian territory is occupied by Russia. There is difficult security, human rights, and humanitarian situation there and the labor rights are not an exception. Arrangement of military infrastructures is still underway near so-called border checkpoints. The facts of illegal detentions and abductions are frequent around the occupation line. Human rights are intensively violated by on ethnic grounds, they are deprived of the most important thing - the right to life. Their right to education is also restricted, including in Georgian, Abkhazian and Ossetian languages.

And it takes place through the active policy of the Russification," said Salome Zourabichvili.

According to the President, international monitoring of the current situation is impossible and the EU Monitoring Mission, which has a full mandate to operate in Georgia, has no right to move to the occupied regions.

"For de-occupation, Georgia needs firm support from the international community and partners", the President noted.

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