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Saakashvili was urged to investigate attacks on protesters

2009-05-12 17:30

Human Rights Watch calls for Georgian authorities to investigate attacks on opposition supporters in the course of the anti-presidential protest action started on April, the statement on the HRW official Web page claims.


This is the organization's comment upon the Mikheil Saakashvili's statement he made on Monday after the meeting with opposition leaders. It was his proposal to declare a moratorium on investigation of all the delinquencies committed in the course of the actions.

"There can't be a trade-off on justice," said Giorgi Gogia, South Caucasus researcher at Human Rights Watch.

"The government can choose not to prosecute demonstrators, if they've committed offenses. But it cannot choose to abandon its human rights obligations. There have been allegations of serious human rights violations in connection with the protests, and the government has to investigate them. "

Human Rights Watch has documented a pattern of attacks on opposition demonstrators and concluded that the attacks appeared to be a concerted effort to intimidate the demonstrators and prevent them from exercising their right to freedom of assembly, the document mentions.

In a letter sent on May 7th to Georgia's Ministers of Interior, Vano Merabishvili, and of Justice, Zurab Adeishvili, Human Rights Watch called on the government to promptly and fully investigate the attacks on demonstrators, and bring the perpetrators to justice.


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