Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

HR Council:Dialogue On Human Rights Of Internally Displaced Persons

Posted by Info on 11/03/2010

9. March Geneva: The Human Rights Council held an interactive dialogue on human rights of internally displaced persons – with Walter Kalin, Representative of the Secretary-General on the human rights of internally displaced persons

RUSSIAN FEDERATION – MIKHAIL LEBEDEV said the Russian Federation regretted that the Representative of the Secretary-General on the human rights of internally displaced persons had adopted a one-sided and politicized approach when developing his report. Based on how the situation could be interpreted, it should have been the delegation of South Ossetia which should have spoken as a concerned country in this dialogue. … The delegation noted that in Mr. Kalin’s report there was no word on the suffering of South Ossetians as a result of the attacks of Georgian armed forces… The report of Mr. Kalin was provocative and the Russian Federation was not able to agree with it. ..the delegation asserted that the Russian Federation had never exercised effective control over the territory of the Republic of South Ossetia and that persons who resided in that region were fully under the jurisdiction of South Ossetia.

GEORGIA – GEORGE TUGUSHI, of Public Defender of Georgia, said Mr Kalin.. was well aware of the situation of internally displaced persons in Georgia. .. As a result of the armed conflict, approximately 25,000 persons were forced to flee.... Out of this huge number, a very limited number of persons were able to return. During the armed activities, as well as in the aftermath of the ethnic cleansing of the villages of the ethnic Georgian population, looting of ethnically Georgian villages and property took place, with a negative effect on internally displaced persons as it intensified their fear of returning. The Public Defender expressed his concern regarding the existing situation..

ARMENIA -VAHEH GEVORGYAN appreciated the excellent work done by Walter Kalin, in the course of his term, particularly that in the area of developing a solid normative basis and an institutional framework to better protect and meet the needs of internally displaced persons…. In 2008, the Government of Armenia had approved an assistance project aimed to facilitate the return of internally displaced persons who resided in border settlements to their places of origin. .. Armenia had conducted the preparatory work to convene an international conference in autumn of this year to raise the necessary funds.

AZERBAIJAN -SAMIRA SAFAROVA The Government did not have any facts at its disposal, and it stood ready for investigation of any facts to be provided.

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