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Were Georgians condemned in Brussels?2009-12-17 13:41
Today the Georgian delegation reported on the rights defending situation to the UN. If Brussels keeps a close watch on the events in this Caucasian country, then persecution of the opposition, suppression of national minorities and taking of Ossetian hostages must be known. But it's clear that the EU's favorites will not be publicly reproved. That's why things will come out to suit the Georgian government; and Tsotne Gamsakhurdia (see photo) will remain incarcerated albeit accusations are absurd.
Today Georgia and the European Union were holding dialogue on the human rights defense issues. Such meetings are organized twice a year - the interval Georgian Ombudsman's administration compiles a semi-annual report.
Last time the Europeans recommended that the government focus on freedom of media and rights of refugees.
Half a year has passed but nothing has changed. Opposition journalists complain about the lack of finance sources and the pressure from the authorities while radical politicians continue to be fenced off from public TV. "First wave" refugees from Abkhazia keep complaining about the lack of homes.
In addition to these violations of human rights there are a whole lot of other ones that should make the EU angry with the Georgian government. Part of glaring unlawfulness toward the citizens on the part of the state was registered in People's Ombudsman Georgy Tugushi's recent report.
In particular he stated that at the time of rallies the police made illegal use of rubber and plastic bullets. As a result protestors were severely injured and one of them lost his eye. Instead of condemnation on July 17 the parliament presented a law draft legitimizing the use of non-lethal arms against demonstrators. The Ombudsman considers this regulation contradictory to the Constitution of Georgia and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The Ombudsman's report doesn't refer to cases of the political prisoners that were holding a hunger strike on the International Day of Human Rights demanding a meeting with the experts from the Council of Europe.
New facts of persecution of opposition figures and their relatives like the case of Tsotne, the son of Georgia's first president Zviad Gamsakhurdia were not there either. He had been on a hunger strike for a month, then taken to hospital. His brother Konstantin and Kartuli Dasi deputy Jondi Bagaturia stood up to him collecting signatures in parliament.