Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Russia urged to act as third party in intl hearings of Georgia's actionsin S. Ossetia

The European Court of Human Rights has proposed that Russia act as a third party, when complaints against Georgia's aggression against South Ossetia in August 2008 are heard.

"Following an initial assessment of the seven complaints filed by victims of Georgia's actions, the court proposed that the Russia state decide before April 30 whether it would act as a third party in these hearings," a Russian Justice Ministry official told Interfax on Monday.
The relevant letter has arrived at the office of the Russian envoy to the European Court of Human Rights, he said.

The European Court has forwarded to the Georgian government the first seven individual complaints from victims of hostilities in South Ossetia "against abuses of human rights, guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights, and of the basic liberties, committed by the Georgian authorities during military operations in South Ossetia in August 2008," he said. The European Court had earlier announced its would hold priority hearings of six complaints filed by residents of South Ossetia and one by a Russian serviceman. In total, over 3,300 such complaints have been filed, the court said.


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