The FINANCIAL -- 19.07.2017 - The human rights situation in Georgia’s occupied regions was reflected in the annual Human Rights Report of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
The report deals with Russia’s illegal activities in the Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions that has caused the deterioration of the human rights situation on the ground.
“Increased Russian pressure in the breakaway regions of Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, led to a deterioration in the human rights situation there, including intimidation of members of civil society organisations. Freedom of movement was curtailed further, with the closure of the Meore Otobaia and Nabakevi crossing points on the Abkhazia Administrative Boundary Line (ABL) in March. Access to land remains a challenge for farmers along the South Ossetia ABL. Education in the native language was further restricted in South Ossetia, while new identity document requirements in Abkhazia infringe civic rights. In June, we supported the Georgian UN Human Rights Council resolution requesting access for the UN OHCHR and the UN General Assembly resolution on internally displaced persons”.
The report positively appraises co-operation with the newly-elected member of the Steering Committee of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in 2017
The human rights situation in Georgia’s occupied regions was for the first time included in the annual Human Rights Report 2016 of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, due to the efforts of the Georgian Embassy to Great Britain.