ECHR unanimously accepts Georgia's application on rights violations by Russian occupation forces

The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday admitted Georgia’s lawsuit against Russia. Photo: CoE, 20 Apr 2023 - 14:45, Tbilisi,Georgia

The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday deemed Georgia’s application against Russia on alleged deterioration of the human rights situation along the administrative boundary line between the Government-controlled territory and its  Russian-occupied territories as admissible. 

The court said it was Georgia’s fourth application against Russia, lodged by the Georgian Government in August 2018, and noted the judgment on its merits would be the next stage. 

In the application, the Georgian Government alleged that forces under the control of Russia - which declared the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) as independent states after its 2008 conflict with Georgia - have been engaged in harassment, unlawful arrests and detentions, assaults, torture, killing and intimidation of ethnic Georgians who have attempted to cross the line or have lived next to it, since 2009.