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Findings from HRC Special Report in the US State Department’s Country Reports on Human Rights 2019


US State Department referred to the HRC’s Special Report – June 20-21 Events, Legal Analysis. The US State Department published its 2019 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices on March 11, 2020.

The report reviews the state of human rights in Georgia: unlawful or arbitrary deprivation of life by Russian and de facto authorities in the Russian-occupied Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, including unlawful or arbitrary killing in Abkhazia; arbitrary detentions by the government and Russian and de facto authorities; significant problems with the independence of the judiciary and investigations and prosecutions widely considered to be politically motivated; unlawful interference with privacy; inappropriate police force against journalists; substantial interference with the right of peaceful assembly, including inappropriate police force against protesters; and crimes involving violence or threats targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) persons.

In the evaluation of the June 20-21 events in Georgia, the US State Department referred to the special report of the Human Rights Center – June 20-21 Events, Legal Analysis, which reports about arbitrary detentions, abuse of power from the side of police officers and about the freedom of assembly.

In accordance to the HRC report, despite the nonpeaceful conduct of some of the protesters, the “disproportionate and excessive” use of force and the situation before the use of special measures by law enforcement officials created the impression that they wanted to punish the protesters. As stated by the US State Department, The Human Rights Center’s report concluded that the insufficient accountability indicated a lack of political will by state officials to depoliticize law enforcement and prevent the use of “excessive” police force. 

The US State Department’s Report also reviews the Khorava street teenage murder case and murder of human rights defender Vitali Safarov. In these cases, Human Rights Center defends interests of the victims in front of the investigative bodies and common courts of Georgia. 

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