Commentary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia

Commentary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia
23 June 2020 236

The resolution “Cooperation with Georgia” was adopted at the request of the Georgian side within the framework of the 43-rd session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, which almost completely repeats the content of the previous HRC resolutions on Georgia which have been adopted by the Council since 2017. We recall, that such documents of a purely recommendatory nature declare support for the territorial integrity of Georgia, express "serious concern" with the human rights situation in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, note the "facts" of discrimination against residents of border regions, condemn the so-called “Borderization process along the line of occupation”, etc.

The preparation and adoption of such resolutions takes place without a thorough discussion and comprehensive consideration of relevant issues as in previous years. Most of the participants in the voting on the document apparently have no desire to see the roots of the issue and try to objectively understand the reasons for the Georgian-Abkhaz contradictions. Such an approach determines the issuance of template resolutions that are identical in content, which do not reflect the real situation and do not affect the situation in the South Caucasus.

The Abkhaz side has repeatedly appealed to the UN Human Rights Council with a proposal to express its opinion on the whole range of issues that are addressed in the resolutions adopted at the request of Georgia. However, our proposals continue to be stubbornly ignored. Apparently, the leadership of the HRC does not need an alternative view of the problems of the Georgian-Abkhaz relations. It becomes much more important to adopt the next resolution, which fully satisfies all the claims of the Georgian side.

It is also outrageous that the Human Rights Council does not at all care on the systematic violation of the rights of citizens of the Republic of Abkhazia by Georgia. Such facts, which the Abkhaz side publicly voiced during the Geneva discussions, fall outside the scope of the HRC for some reason.

Such a selective approach to the problem of human rights only undermines the credibility of the authority of an international human rights organization.

Georgia and its partners in international structures need to understand that the adoption of politicized unilateral resolutions essentially achieves only two goals - it satisfies the ambitions of Tbilisi and more and more removes the likelihood of an equal dialogue between Abkhazia and Georgia.

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