GYLA Conference: Russia’s responsibility during August War and at present

6 May 2015

On 5 May 2015 the Georgian Young Lawyers Association (GYLA) held a conference in the Georgian National Library, Tbilisi, on “Russia’s responsibility during the August War and at present: GYLA’s cases at the European Court”. In these cases, GYLA sought to invoke the responsibility of the Russian Federation before the European Court. The cases included:

  • one application on behalf of 19 persons, living in the village of Dvani, affected by barbed wire fences built by the “Russian border-guards”;
  • six applications on behalf of 18 persons with respect to detentions at the “dividing line” by Russian and Ossetian militaries, due to “illegal crossing” of the “border”;
  • 53 applications on behalf of around 400 persons affected by the August War;
  • two applications on behalf of 13 persons with respect to deportation of persons of Georgian ethnicity and nationality from the Russian Federation in 2006.

The shadow report submitted to the UN Human Rights Committee with respect to the Russian Federation (for the 16 March 2015 Session of the Committee) was also discussed at the conference. The shadow report refers to the responsibility of the Russian Federation with respect to violations conducted by Russian and Ossetian military forces during the August War and its aftermath.

The issue of investigation by the Georgian prosecution authorities, as well as those of the Russian Federation, with respect to violations committed during the August War 2008 was also considered. The discussion then turned to the ongoing threats and problems concerning the barbed wire fences in the villages at the edge of the “dividing line”, and representatives from local NGOs shared their own experiences of such matters.

GYLA litigates the cases concerning the August War 2008 in partnership with the European Human Rights Advocacy Center (EHRAC) and the Russian Justice Initiative (RJI).

The meeting was attended by the representatives of domestic and international organizations, and diplomatic corps.

You can also read this story in Georgian via the GYLA website.

This event was funded by the European Union through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights.