South Ossetia counts on the satisfaction of individual claims of citizens in the ECHR, - Inal Tasoev

Fri, 22/01/2021 - 14:59

It is still difficult to comment on the ECHR ruling on Georgia's claim, since the judicial act was adopted only yesterday, and the reasoning part contains about three hundred pages, which requires careful study and analysis, said Inal Tasoev, Ombudsman for Human Rights under the President of South Ossetia.

“However, in my opinion, the main point of Georgia’s claim was rejected and this is good news. The court dismissed the claim in terms of recognizing the Georgian authorities' allegation of the invasion of the Russian Federation Armed Forces into South Ossetia on August 7, 2008. The court has also stated that the Russian Federation cannot be held liable under the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms for incidents that occurred during the repulsion by Russian servicemen of the attack by the Georgian army on the peacekeeping contingent and the local civilian population from August 8 to 12, 2008 " , - explained the Ombudsman in a commentary to IA"Res".

According to Inal Tasoev, this became possible thanks to the painstaking work of Russian lawyers, which we have witnessed for 12 years.

“In this regard, the jubilation of the Georgian authorities in their characteristic manner of distorting reality regarding the decision of the ECHR is surprising. Actually, with the rejection of Georgia's demand to recognize the invasion of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and the conclusion that the Russian Federation cannot be held responsible under the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms for the incidents from 8 to 12 August 2008, there is still hope for the satisfaction of individual claims filed by citizens South Ossetia in the ECHR from August to November 2008 on compensation for material and moral damage, ”he said.

The Ombudsman has emphasized that these statements cover the period from 8 to 12 August, when South Ossetian citizens were killed and their homes and property destroyed in the course of the most severe shelling and bombing.

"There is little hope, but as a lawyer, it is obvious to me that by today's judgment of the ECHR it will be more difficult to deny our citizens compensation for the harm caused," Inal Tasoev stated.

It should be reminded that the Strasbourg court found the accusations of Georgia against Russia unfounded. At the same time, the Ministry of Justice does not agree with a number of conclusions of the ECHR, including that the Russian side is responsible for the incidents that took place on the territory of South Ossetia and Abkhazia after August 12, 2008, despite the fact that the direct involvement of Russian servicemen has not been established.

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