Georgian human rights activists visited Georgian citizens detained in Tskhinval

Sat, 19/12/2009 - 22:03

The authorities of the Republic of South Ossetia provided the representatives of human rights organizations of Georgia with the possibility to visit the Georgian citizens detained in South Ossieta. Three human rights activists Paata Zakareishvili, Manana Mebuke and Vakhtang Komakhidze, representing different organizations, visited Levan Khmiadashvili (1992) and Victor Buchukuri (1993), who had been detained together with two other teenagers (Georgy Romelashvili, 1995, and Aleko Tsabadze, 1996) on 4 November 2009 on the territory of South Ossetia.

On 2 December 2009, upon the decision of the Supreme Court of RSO, the detained Georgian citizens were convicted for "illegal crossing of the state border, illegal obtaining and possession of explosives, for having committed a theft on the territory of South Ossetia". According to the human rights activists, Khmiadashvili and Buchukuri are living in "normal conditions, not different from those in which South Ossetians are kept". "The conditions are all the same", said Paata Zakareishvili. – Various manipulations are made up around the fate of these children. Each of the sides wants to benefit from the settlement of this issue. "
Georgian human rights activists were received in Tskhinval by RSO President Eduard Kokoity. They also met with representatives of the families of missing and South Ossetian citizens abducted by Georgian police, as well as with media representatives.

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