The ECHR decision raises many questions and disappointments - South Ossetian Ombudsman

Sat, 23/10/2021 - 18:36

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) rejected the claims of residents of South Ossetia for human rights violations by the Georgian military during the 2008 military conflict, following a politicized and biased approach, said the Commissioner for Human Rights of South Ossetia Inal Tasoev.

“Although we assumed that such a decision could be made, it was hoped that the European Court would set aside its politicized, biased and one-sided approach in considering the complaints of our citizens and make a fair decision.

But this did not happen, unfortunately, which raises many questions and disappointment, "Tasoev said.

He has noted that the large evidence base that was collected by lawyers together with the South Ossetian authorities over the years, was not taken into account.

"Numerous witness testimonies and documentary evidence that proved how our citizens were in mortal danger, how their loved ones were killed in front of people, their property was destroyed were not taken into account," the Ombudsman stressed.

Tasoev has reminded that on October 21, 2021, the European Court of Human Rights ruled to reject the complaints of 9 citizens of South Ossetia, which had been submitted to the Court in 2008 after Georgia's August aggression against South Ossetia.

“As of today, several hundred more complaints from our citizens, which were also filed in 2008, are awaiting consideration in court. However, based on political realities and the situation, we have little hope for further objective consideration of the complaints,” he said.

The applications of the residents of South Ossetia on the violation of human rights by the Georgian military, which were rejected by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), related to the events that took place on August 8 and 9 in Tskhinval and its outskirts during the 08.08.08 war.

The complaints concerned the events that took place on 8 and 9 August in Tskhinval and its environs "during a five-day international armed conflict." The applicants pointed to the “disproportionate use of force” against civilians by the Georgian army, both in connection with the massive shelling from multiple launch rocket systems and the actions of the military that entered Tskhinval.

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