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“Amnesty” for Saakashvili2011-05-17 21:32
The USA and international organizations come up with still fiercer criticism of Georgia. As Amnesty International claims, the Georgian authorities are unable to solve the problem of internally displaced persons and continues to break all international standards providing new homes to refugees. However, the call of rights defenders will not be heard: Mikheil Saakashvili and his government don't care for those who are left between the devil and the deep blue sea of political games.
Washington that has been pacifying Mikheil Saakashvili for quite a time is thinking hard now. The Georgian leader's' political appetite grows and official Tbilisi spoilt by the US administration is less willing to make concessions in return. While US ambassador to Georgia John Bass and the Department of State led by Hillary Clinton try to bring Mikheil Nikolozovich to reason, the world's rights-defending organizations mercilessly ruin the image of the Caucasian republic.
Amnesty International's annual report features new unpleasant things for the Georgian government. According to the report, the government of Georgia that claimed to take all necessary measures to improve the lives of forced evictees, impudently violated international standards. As it turns out, collective accommodation centers and newly constructed settlements have dreadful sanitary conditions and no basic conveniences - water and central heating.
"Integration Integration of displaced people remained slow; many continue to face obstacles in accessing employment, health care and social security. Around 500 displaced people in Tbilisi faced forced evictions in June, July and August (2010 - author's note). The evictions breached international standards, and in several instances the authorities failed to provide people with any alternative shelter or compensation", - the report goes.
It's old news that Mikheil Saakashvili is totally indifferent to problems of refugees. They are an effective weapon for the struggle with Russia. They help retain the image of a humiliated and deeply insulted nation. This convenient position always tamed the West that seeks to expand its influence in the regions strategically important to the USA. Washington is not against military force - albeit unjustified at times -ethnic cleansings under the cover of anti-separatist moves. The world community knows the tactic from the story in Kosovo autonomy that was cunningly provoked into aggression on Serbia by NATO.
Washington used a similar combination in South Ossetia with the US hegemon preferring to stay in the shadow and shift all responsibility onto atrocities of the Georgian regime. Though its's clear who pulls Mishiko' strings the official accusations must be brought against the current government. Indeed, the rights defenders blame Saakashvili for criminal acts in August 2008 acknowledging Georgia's failure to investigate the cases of three Ossetian men that have been missing since October 2008. The new report also points to the attack on Temur Tkhovrebov, a civil activist, in Tskhinval in July 2010.
Besides, since 2006 Amnesty International has been focused on domestic violence that dozens of thousands of women in Georgia face at home. Some cases are fatal. The current legislation is an obstacle to counteract lawlessness. For a woman that sustains injuries the state must start a criminal case. But when "deliberate minor physical injury" and "home violence" are mentioned, the law-enforcement authorities don't do that, and the aggrieved party must file a complaint for justice. Such laws put women that suffered domestic violence at risk, since the offender can make the victim revoke the claim.