Published: 1 Jun 2008 | By Vakhtang Vakhtangidze

Human rights protection in breakaway regions of Georgia


For more than a decade, Georgia, as a result of ethnic conflict, has ceased exercising de facto jurisdiction over the autonomous republic of Abkhazia. In this region, secessionist movements have attempted to found independent states, albeit without gaining international recognition. Given that a state remains accountable for its territory, even if it is run by a local administration, legal or otherwise, this presents a number of issues for human rights protection.

In this article, Vakhtang Vakhtangidze assesses Georgia’s responsibility for human rights in Abkhazia with reference to the case of Mamasakhlisi, which is currently pending before the ECtHR. To find out more about the current situation, click on the link below.