The occupational regime of Abkhazia continues discrimination of the Georgian population and implementation of the criminal policy of the gross violation and purposeful breach of the elementary human rights. The vivid example of that latter is the decision made on the 5th of March of the current year, to close down the crossing points in Otobaia and Nabakevi. It goes without saying, that by restricting the right of movement in their own country the Kremlin punishes the citizens of Georgia awaiting every other minute the permission of travelling without visa throughout the European Union. Coincidence of time of these two facts was purposefully plotted by Moscow.
The decision of the occupant on the closing down of the crossing points along the administration line with Abkhazia is in breach with the International legal founding norms. Besides, this fact will create a number of additional problems to the already deprived of rights and announced beyond the law Georgian population of the Gali Region. Communication with the thousands of family members and close relatives being split after the occupation of Abkhazia will grow even worse. As a result of closing down of the crossing points economic conditions in Gali region will redouble. Population will be deprived of the right of transporting and realizing of the agricultural products for a fair price on the unoccupied territories and also buying of the provision and the necessary everyday life articles. The majority of the residents of the villages of Gali district from the 5th of March of the current year will be deprived of possibility of enjoying of the urgent medical service and acquiring the quality education in their native language at the schools of Zugdidi and Tsalendjikha districts.
Decision on restriction of the freedom of movement aims at the further isolation of the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia from the rest of Georgia, acceleration of the creeping annexation and assimilation. It is obvious, that all this is directly connected with the rapid militarization of Abkhazia and Gali district in the first place and coming into effect of the “agreement” being made on the November 21st of 2015 between Moscow and the local de-facto authorities on the creation of the so-called “ united grouping of the military forces.” Modification of the Gali district into the confined space and literally the concentration camp, in occupants’ opinion reduces to minimum chances of majority of the IDP’s to return to their own homes and will help legalize the results of the ethnic cleansing and genocide.
The Highest Council expresses its serious concern about the situation taking place along the administrative border of Abkhazia,
- Blames stiffening of the discrimination policy of the occupants and restriction on the freedom of movement;
- Appeals to the representatives of the accredited in Tbilisi diplomatic corpus to give an adequate assessment to the continuing practice of blatant violation of the norms of the International Legislation, this time manifesting itself in the restriction of freedom of movement;
- Appeals to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia to continue informing of the International Community on the violation of Fundamental Human Rights having place in Abkhazia and taking the additional measures to make this issue the subject of discussion by OSCE, Council of Europe and other authoritative organs and the corresponding structures;
- Appeals to the Ministry of Justice of Georgia to discuss the possibility and expediency of usage of the international legal mechanisms with the aim of liquidation of the violation of the right of freedom of movement;