FIDH President in Georgia to support 2008 victims’ request for effective remedies and a decent life

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During a three-day mission to Georgia, from 5 to 7 February 2018, FIDH President Dimitris Christopoulos conveyed the messages and recommendations of the FIDH-HRIDC report "Living on the edge: victims’ quest for accountability - The ongoing impact of the 2008 Russia-Georgia war" to Georgian authorities, civil society, media and general public as well as ICC representatives. This report was elaborated after missions in 2016 and 2017, especially a fact-finding mission in June and July 2017, having interviewed almost 40 victims of the international crimes committed in 2008 in 10 villages nearby the Administrative Boundary Line and one IDP settlement.

Our organisations called for a prioritisation of the ongoing Georgia investigation by the ICC, for the implementation of an adequate outreach strategy by the ICC that now has a permanent field presence, and a continuous cooperation of Georgian authorities with the ICC as well as the continuation of national investigations and prosecutions into the 2008 crimes.

The forgotten victims of 2008 deserve justice and reparation and their voices should be heard.

The FIDH-HRIDC report was launched on 5 February 2018 in Tbilisi Marriott Hotel with speakers from FIDH, HRIDC, local civil society, as well as Georgian authorities and ICC field office representative.

The report launch and mission aimed also at making the situation, views and concerns of 2008 victims more known and present in the public debate.
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The report was also presented in Gori on 7 February 2018 to local civil society representatives, members of communities affected by the 2008 war and its ongoing impact, and local media.

After discussions with some representatives of Georgian authorities during the public debate of 5 February, FIDH and HRIDC mission met separately with members of the Georgian government to present the findings and discuss possible actions. FIDH delegates met with the Minister for IDPs and Refugees, representatives from the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Office of the General Prosecutor of Georgia, as well as with the new Public Defender of Georgia.

FIDH-HRIDC mission also met with the chief of the ICC field office in Georgia, Kaupo Kand, as well as members of the Georgian Coalition of NGOs for the ICC.

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