Human Rights violations in Georgia

International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
Human Rights Center (HRIDC)
Paris- Tbilisi, 15 October 2007

On the occasion of the EU/Georgia Cooperation Council and of the presentation of Georgia's report before the UN Human Rights Committee, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and Human Rights Center (HRIDC) would like to express their deep concern over the ongoing human rights violations in Georgia. This assessment is especially disappointing in the light of the achievements of the peaceful Roses Revolution which brought to power its leader Mikhail Saakashvili, and with him a promise of respect for democracy and the rule of law.

From the report:

"Constantly increasing tensions between the President and the opposition make human rights very difficult to respect. Problems exits in many areas, notably in relation to the independence of the judiciary, the right to fair trail, torture and inhumane and degrading treatment. Worries also concern the increasing discrimination against minorities and socio-economic situation of refugees and Internally Displaced People.

Other issues of concern include excessive use of violence,impunity of law-enforcement
bodies, repression and harassment against journalists, restrictions on the right to
assembly, repression of political opponents, situation of refugees, violations of the right to
private property and increasing militarisation of the country."

The report can be dowloaded here.