A statement issued by the institute today said that it was important to bring to the forefront the issues of human security and fundamental rights in the negotiation process. Accordingly, the organization calls on the participants in the negotiations to pay due attention to the issues, without the resolution of which, the civilian population will suffer greatly. It is necessary to open all the checkpoints closed in recent years, both in the direction of the occupied Tskhinvali region and de facto Abkhazia.
“South Ossetia has been completely cut off from Tbilisi for two years. The Odzisi-Mosabruni, Perevi-Kardzmani and Perevi-Sinaguri crossings should be opened in the near future to give people access to quality medical services and education and to reunite families. The situation in the direction of Abkhazia is also difficult. Out of seven alternative crossings on the territory of Abkhazia-Samegrelo, only two are working today. Therefore, it is important to reopen the Khurcha-Nabakevi, Orsantia-Otobaia, Tagiloni-Shamgona, Lekukhona-Pakhulani and Muzhava-Lekukhona crossings in the near future. ” – It is written in the statement of the Institute for the Study of Democracy. The organization focuses on banning access to mother tongue education for locals in the occupied Gali and Akhalgori districts.
“Georgians living in Abkhazia and South Ossetia have limited access to education in their mother tongue. The practice is systematic and is manifested in actions such as a clear ban on Georgian language education, harassment of Georgian language teachers in the workplace, and the removal of Georgian textbooks from curricula. “. – The Institute for the Study of Democracy has been studying the issues of Russification of Gali and Akhalgori for a long time and calls on international organizations to pay more attention to human rights in these areas. Nugzar Tinikashvili, the legitimate governor of Akhalgori, says that the town will be completely Russified in 3-4 years. Therefore, in his opinion, international organizations should pay more attention to the news developed during the occupation and discrimination on ethnic grounds.
Addressing the participants of the Geneva International Discussion, the Institute for the Study of Democracy focuses on the detention of Georgian citizens.
“The parties Should To receive sizes Illegal Arrests To prevent And Busy Of persons To release 2020 year 30 In September In Gali Irakli Grandmother Of Abkhazia Of the flag For burning Arrested. Mentioned For action Maximum Sentence with face One year It is imprisonment Provided. Irakli Grandmother One On More than Sentence Pays. Parties his Immediately On release Should Agreed. Illegal From custody Should To be released In Tskhinvali Busy Gennady Bestaev too. Parties Should Agreed Illegal Borderization Immediately Termination On necessity, Which Artificially Growth Of humans Illegally Arrest Risks “, – It is written in the appeal spread by the institute.
The head of the organization, former Public Defender Ucha Nanuashvili, believes that it is necessary to launch an international monitoring mechanism in both Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region. According to him, Akhalgori activist Tamar Mearakishvili is a victim of political persecution in South Ossetia. His case highlights restrictions on freedom of movement and expression, as well as alleged signs of discrimination. Ucha Nanuashvili believes that it is necessary to allow international organizations in the occupied territories.
The format of the Geneva International Talks was created after the August 2008 war. The decision to establish these discussions was taken in conjunction with the August 12, 2008 ceasefire agreement. In addition to Georgia and Russia, representatives of the United States, the OSCE, the European Union and the United Nations are taking part in the talks.