Abkhazia, S.Ossetia in UK Foreign Office’s Human Rights Report

“Russian influence in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the breakaway regions of Georgia, continued to contribute to infringements of human rights. This included intimidating members of civil society organisations,” the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office says in its annual Human Rights Report.

The report, released on June 5, covers the activities of the Foreign Office and its diplomatic network in 2018 for defending human rights and promoting democracy worldwide.

The document speaks on human rights situation in Georgia’s occupied Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia in its section concerning the Russian Federation.

“With the majority of crossing points closed and increased fencing along the Administrative Boundary Line, restrictions on freedom of movement continued. This affected access to education, healthcare, and property. There were also credible reports of discrimination against ethnic Georgians’ ability to access identity documents,” the report reads.

It also says that UK supported Georgian resolutions on internally displaced persons at the UN General Assembly , and the one requesting access for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the UN Human Rights Council.

According to the report, UK will “act where Russia violates human rights outside its borders.” “Together with our international partners, we will attend trials, support human rights defenders, and focus international attention on Russia’s human rights violations,” it says.

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