Thank you Mr. President,
I use this opportunity to express sincere appreciation for the devotion of the UN High Commissioner and his Office in tackling major challenges faced worldwide.
Mr. High Commissioner,
In your yesterday’s presentation, you highlighted the refusals of access to international human rights mechanisms and to your Office. We welcome your intention to attribute a special attention in your June’s address to this problematic issue, which significantly hinders promotion, protection and the impartial and objective monitoring of the human rights situation on the ground.
In this regard, we remain concerned by the repeated denial of access to OHCHR and special procedures mandate holders to both occupied regions of Georgia, thus preventing them from conducting monitoring on the ground, necessary for the preparation of your report, as requested by the HRC resolution 34/37.
Meanwhile, the human rights situation in occupied regions of my country is more alarming than ever. Recent demolition of the houses of IDPs in the occupied Tskhinvali region under the so-called Russian Investment Program, along with constant deprivation of the local population of right to access the medical services, to property, to education in native tongue, to visit religious sites and cemeteries on other side of the occupation line Illustrate the graveness of the situation therein.
Just two weeks ago, three Georgian citizens were detained by the occupation regime. One of them, Mr. Archil Tatunashvili was beaten to death. Two other illegally detained citizens still are not allowed to leave the occupied region. Moreover, occupation regime refuses to transfer the body of murdered Tatunashvili to his family, what makes the whole situation even more deplorable.
In your report, Mr. High Commissioner you concluded that those in control in both occupied regions of Georgia are responsible to uphold the fundamental freedoms and human rights of all people living under their control. Stemming from the above, it is imperative to ensure the immediate access for the Office of the High Commissioner and other human rights mechanisms.