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Themis as an ally2009-02-19 14:59
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) must get prepared to a new wave of claims from people of South Ossetia. In response to 49 claims against Russia from the Association of Young Lawyers of Georgia the president of RSO Edward Kokoyty called on all people affected by the Georgian aggression including the war of 1989 and 1990 to file legal statements.
"Our brothers and sisters harmed by the Georgian regime whether it was a communist, nationalist or democratic regime have the right of indemnity", - Edward Kokoyty stated at the weekly session of the government. "Georgia having no grounds to speak about violation of rights of Georgians is running ahead of reality. As the saying goes the best defense is offence", - the president's press service is quoting. The fact that this principle is already in use became clear according to the RSO Deputy Foreign Minister Alana Pliev's report announcing that a group of Russian lawyers had arrived in the republic. Simultaneously with the search of counter evidence for Georgia's claim against the Russian Federation the lawyers are going to gather "extensive information in
order to reverse the claim against Georgia".
According to prior reports of GeorgiaTimes in early February the Association of Young Lawyers of Georgia submitted 49 cases against Russia to the ECHR evidencing the facts of "discrimination" against 340 persons, mainly refugees from South Ossetia. According to the president of the Association Tamara Khidasheli almost 1000 citizens referred to them receiving free legal advice. "This is violation of right to life, right to property, prohibition of torture and inhuman treatment", - Khidasheli specified. Young Georgian lawyers asked Strasbourg to try these cases urgently.
A few days before that the Georgian organization "Article 42 of the Constitution" submitted 391 claims of Georgian citizens to the European Court also demanding prompt examination of several cases.
In total Strasburg has received 440 claims from Georgians affected by the August events. Apart from that the court accepted a claim against the Russian Federation with the Georgian state's accusations in violation of its citizens' right to life in South Ossetia as well as inhuman treatment of Georgians humiliating human dignity.
The number of claims filed by the Ossetian side is 7 times more. The ECHR press release of January 14 posted on the official site reports that now there are 3300 of such cases under examination.