10 Years after the August War: Victims of the Situation in Georgia

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On 17 July 2019, member organisations of the Georgian National Coalition for the ICC (GCICC),  Article 42 of the Constitution, Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association, Human Rights Center , Justice International ,The Georgian Center for Psychosocial and Medical Rehabilitation of Torture Victims (GCRT) launched a report entitled “10 Years after the August War: Victims of the Situation in Georgia” during an event dedicated to the victims of the 2008 August War, in Tbilisi.

The report aims at informing the public about the situation in Georgia vis-à-vis the ICC and shed light on the victims’ state of affairs a decade after the conflict. The organisations hope this will help to raise awareness amongst the international community and bring in the much-needed attention to the situation to make the ICC investigation more meaningful for those who are supposed to be in the centre of the process.

The report also aims at documenting the current socio-economic situation and identifying problems of persons forcibly displaced from Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia and its adjacent villages after the 2008 August war.

Public Defender, Nino Lomjaria, at the launch of the report expressed concern about the situation in Georgia, stating, "The war severely hit Georgia's political, economic and democratic development, as well as human relations. The border guards of the Russian Federation illegally detain and fine people in the regions with which we had intensive trade, close relations and friendly ties 10 years ago. The conflicts of the 90s and 2008 affected more than half a million of our citizens. As of today, more than 280,000 IDPs are registered in Georgia. This figure indicates the challenges faced by our country and the huge responsibility of the central government."

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Article 42 of the Constitution, Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association, Human Rights Center , Justice International ,The Georgian Center for Psychosocial and Medical Rehabilitation of Torture Victims (GCRT) also make a number of recommendations to the Georgian Government, Local self-government bodies and States institutions, and General Prosecutor’s office, as well as to the International Criminal Court, and it’s Trust Fund for Victims.

Read the Report “10 Years after the August War: Victims of the Situation in Georgia”