Ministry of Foreign Affairs published the Fourth Quarterly Report on the Human Rights Situation in the Occupied Regions of Georgia

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs prepared the Fourth Quarterly Report on the Human Rights Situation in the Occupied Regions of Georgia. The Report covers the period from October to December 2015 and it reflects human rights violations in the occupied territories of Georgia during this period.

The report is prepared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia in coordination with various government agencies of Georgia. The report is based on open sources of information and it aims to provide the international community with regular information on the human rights situation in Georgia’s occupied territories in order to ensure its adequate reaction.

It should be emphasized that gross violations of human rights, including inhuman treatment, arbitrary detention, restriction of freedom of movement and mass infringement of property rights and the right to receive education in the native language continue to be reported from the occupied territories. The installation of barbed wire fences across the occupation line further aggravated already grave situation.

The fourth quarterly report pays particular attention and analyses a new process of so called “passportisation” and the issue of new regulations on legal status of foreigners in the region of Abkhazia.
During the reporting period a new wave of so called “passportisation” commenced in Abkhazia. The above wave implies procession of 300 thousand new documents - 250 thousand so called “passports” and 50 thousand so called “residence permits” and their distribution on the ground latest by February 2016. The adoption of so called law on legal status of foreigners on 1 February 2016 by the occupation regime of Abkhazia is directly linked to the illegal wave of “passportization”. On 23 January 2016 similar document was adopted by the Tskhinvali occupation regime. The idea of adoption of such regulations was declared in November 2015 when leader of Sokhumi occupation regime assessed a big number of residents of Abkhazia with Georgian citizenship as alarming and considered necessary the elaboration of new regulations on “legal status of foreigners” for adapting these residents to local realities.

Adoption of so called laws target the ethnic Georgian population living in the occupied territories. These regulations will further deteriorate their grave conditions: new restrictions will be imposed on the freedom of movement, the right to properly and labour rights. There is threat that this so called law can become ground for another wave of ethnic cleansing. It should be kept in mind that the Abkhaz occupation regime also adopted so called law on entry and exit regulations of Abkhazia, which when operational, will create additional obstacles to representatives of international organizations leading to further isolation of the region. 
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is concerned by the adoption of new discriminatory regulations on ethnic Georgians living in the occupied regions of Georgia and appeals to the international community to take immediate and adequate measures for eradication of grave violations of human rights and all forms of ethnic discriminations of individuals in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region. 

Fourth Quarterly Report (October - December 2015) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the Human Rights Situation in the Occupied Regions of Georgia