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Strasbourg Court of Human Rights can start the examination of claims of South Ossetians on May 2009

2008-10-28 12:58

The Strsbourg Court of Human Rights can start the examination of first claims of South Ossetians ,suffered from Georgian aggression, on May 2009, informs RIA-Novosti.


This news was brought by Alexander Brod, a member of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, the director of the Moscow Bureau for Human Rights, on briefing in the UN headquarters (NY). "Considering the existing procedures in the Court of Human Rights, first claims can be examined in about 6 months, to May 2009", - said the ombudsman. Now the number of claims from South Ossetia counts about 2000. People demand compensation for health damage, for wounds, for killed relatives, they demand reparation of moral, psychologic and material damages. According to Brod, "judges and stuff of the Court are shocked by the number of claims against Georgia".

The Public Chamber Committee spent two months collecting testimony and evidence, including photographs. The documents were sent to the Investigative Office of the General Prosecutor's Office of the Russian Federation to prepare suits not only to the Court of Human Rights but also to the International UN Court in the Hague.

According to the prosecutor's Office of South Ossetia, Georgia's aggression caused 1692 deaths and about 1500 casualties, over 6200 lost their homes. But, as Alexander Brod pointed out, "no-one can say a precise number of deaths. In the first days of war they were buried in the gardens, by the roads, in the yards. Some got burned in their cars. Georgian forces fired even fired even emergency vans".

The ombudsman underlined that the committee also investigates the damages caused during the conflict to Georgian people. He said that combat actions caused 372 victims: 188 civilians, 168 soldiers and 16 policemen. According to Brod, ombudsmen are going to make an official visit, including Poti and Gori, talks to civilians, representatives of the authorities, international observers.

The Public Chamber Committee has already made a few reports in the course of CISAC conference devoted to humanitarian measures in Warsaw. In November they are going to make a presentation for MPs of Europarlament in Brussels, in December - in Bundestag. The ombudsman also shared the idea of creation of special international court to investigate crimes against the people of South Ossetia. To fulfill it, the idea must become an issue of the UN Security Council.

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