UN Human Rights Council 43rd Session – Item 10: ID on HC report on Georgia – 19 June 2020 – Intervention by ESTONIA

Thank you Madame President.

Estonia fully aligns itself with the statement delivered by the European Union.

We welcome the cooperation of Georgia with the OHCHR and the technical assistance provided by the Office but no tangible progress can be achieved while the Russian Federation continues to violate the Six-point agreement of August 12 2008 and the implementing measures of September 8 2008.

Human rights violations in the occupied territories of South Ossetia and Abkhazia continue on a daily basis including but not limited to arbitrary detention, violation of property rights and discrimination on ethnic grounds. The ethnicity and culture of Georgians in the occupied regions is in peril. More than 4000 children are denied of their right to receive education in their native language.

We are saddened to see that such violations have intensified under the cover of the COVID-19 pandemic. The borderization activities have continued, separating families and depriving the local population of access to their agricultural lands. The occupation regime of Tskhinvali has denied medical evacuations from the districts mainly populated by ethnic Georgians. The death of Mr. Jumber Miladze, among many others, is the direct result of such remorseless actions.

Madame President, Estonia calls on the Russian Federation to honour international law and the Six-point agreements along with its implementing measures. We regret that there has been no progress in granting OHCHR and other international humanitarian and human rights organizations unhindered access to South Ossetia and Abkhazia. With this in mind, we welcome the resolution brought again to this Council by Georgia under the technical cooperation agenda item.

Thank you for your attention!