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Geneva, 8 June 2017

 

Mr. President,

I would like to thank the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of IDPs, Ms. Cecilia Jimenez-Dimary for the presentation and reiterate my country’s full support to her mandate.

 

We also commend the dedicated work of the former Special Rapporteur, Dr. Chaloka Beyani in addressing the alarming situation and critical humanitarian concerns of IDPs in many parts of the world, including Georgia.

 

We welcome his follow-up visit to Georgia last September as it provided us with yet another opportunity to document the current state of IDPs, to assess the Government’s efforts in the pursuit of durable solutions and to identify challenges related to the implementation of the right to return in safety and dignity.  

 

With no human rights monitoring mechanisms inside the occupied territories of Georgia, it is even more deplorable that the Special Rapporteur was prevented from entering the regions by the occupying regime. We join the Special Rapporteur in stressing that all possible measures have to be taken to ensure sustained and effective, free and unhindered access for international actors to Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions of Georgia. It should be noted, that the access to the occupied regions was denied to other Special Rapporteurs, who visited Georgia in previous years, as well as to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Until today Georgian IDPs, forcibly expelled from their homes as a result of several waves of displacement, have been deprived of their fundamental right to safe, dignified and voluntary return to places of origin by the occupying power and its regimes on the ground. Moreover, the ongoing developments on the ground create additional serious impediments to the return of the IDPs and refugees. The Special Rapporteur is explicit that “coiled razor wire fences along the administrative boundary line of the Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia, Georgia continue to deprive IDPs and communities affected by displacement of freedom of movement and of choice of residence, creating tangible obstacles to their access to land, property, water and livelihoods.” The report also highlights that illegal detentions, the closure of crossing points and the progressive change of language of instruction from Georgian to Russian in Abkhazia region is “likely to cause secondary displacement by effectively pushing Georgian-speakers out from those areas.”

 

Let me also draw your attention to the fact that there is no sign of tangible progress in the Geneva International Discussions, where the occupying power continues to disregard the applicability of internationally recognized principles.

 

Distinguished colleagues,

 

The Government of Georgia makes every effort to alleviate burden and ensure decent conditions for displaced population in accordance with the National Strategy and its relevant Action Plan. In this context, we highly appreciate the recommendations made by the Special Rapporteur.

 

As highlighted in the report, the Government pursues durable housing projects for the displaced population through housing construction, procurement of apartments and individual houses and privatization of property. Since September, 456 IDP families have been provided with housing in newly constructed apartment blocks. In the upcoming months, up to 900 IDP families will be accommodated once the construction in Kutaisi and Gori is finished. With regard to the IDP settlement in Zugdidi, mentioned in the Special Rapporteur’s report, 8 families have been already resettled, while till the end of the year, the construction of 4 blocks with 288 apartments in Zugdidi will be completed and the remaining IDP families will be accommodated there.

 

Rural Housing program provides a great opportunity for IDPs, including women, to get houses with land plots for agricultural purposes. Moreover, all beneficiaries of the Government’s accommodation programs get housing in their private property. Since last September, 384 IDP families have become beneficiaries of the Rural Housing program. In 2016, overall 707 rural houses were provided.

 

In parallel, in order to ensure that IDPs gain financial independence from the State and become self-reliant, the Livelihood Action Plan (LAP) for 2016-17 was adopted.

 

Georgia fully agrees with the Special Rapporteur on the necessity of transformation from the status-based response to the needs-based assistance for IDPs and has already reflected this approach in the updated Action Plan. At the same time, it is of immense importance to maintain the status of IDP for all displaced as it is directly linked to their fundamental right to safe and dignified return.     

 

In conclusion, let me reaffirm Georgia’s commitment to the advancement of the rights of IDPs. Georgia will give due consideration to the valuable recommendations of the Special Rapporteur in implementing its policies.

Thank you.

 

 
 

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