The FINANCIAL — “The Russia’s occupation of Georgia’s two regions prevents the Government’s ability to share the human rights protection framework with the population remaining on the other side of the illegally erected barbwire fences along the occupation line”, Georgian Foreign Minister said at the session of Human Rights Council in Geneva on 29 February 2016.
Addressing the session, Mikheil Janelidze focused on the importance of UN mechanisms in the human rights sphere, including, the Human Rights Council, the Commissioner for Human Rights, the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and Special Rapporteurs. The Georgian Foreign Minister reaffirmed the readiness of Georgia, as a full-fledged member of the Human Rights Council, to contribute to the international community’s efforts in protecting human rights.
Mikheil Janelidze spoke about the current reforms in the country in the sphere of human rights and about the steps taken by the Georgian Government to improve the human rights situation, including the measures carried out with a view to eliminating corruption, torture, inhuman treatment and violence against women. The Minister underlined that one of the priorities of the Georgian Government is protection of IDPs’ rights, their integration and improvement of their living conditions, according to MFA of Georgia.
„Georgia has been consistently pursuing its policy aimed at ensuring full enjoyment of the rights for its entire population. Notwithstanding the progress, the Russia’s occupation of Georgia’s two regions prevents the Government’s ability to share the human rights protection framework with the population remaining on the other side of the illegally erected barbwire fences along the occupation line. People residing in Georgia’s Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions continue to be deprived of their fundamental rights and freedoms. Particularly, alarming are new waves of illegal passportization, persistent kidnappings, restriction of the freedom of movement, illegal detentions and prohibition of education in native language”, the Minister said and added that despite these challenges on the ground, Georgia will do its utmost to foster engagement with the population left behind.
In his speech, the Minister also focused on global and regional security challenges and environment, on the terrorism threats and on the current situation in Ukraine and Syria.