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Chechen Refugees Ask the Public Defender for Help

25.02.2005

Chechen Refugees Ask the Public Defender for Help

Tbilisi.02.25.05.Media News. Eighty Chechen refugees addressed Sozar Subari, the Georgian Public Defender and asked him for help with regards to their refugee status.

According to the Chechen refugees, the  Ministry of Refugees and Settlement illegally deprived them of their refugee status when conducting their annual census this year, consequently leaving them without benefits.

Generally, those who are officially recognized as Chechen refugees in Georgia receive a benefit of 14 GEL from the Georgian Government, humanitarian aid from international organizations and are able to attend a special  Russian school open for Chechen refugees living in Pankisi.

In an attempt to clarify the situation and become more familiarized with the problems facing Chechen refugees,  Subari will leave for Pankisi on February 26th  and has planned to hold meetings with Chechen refugees. The Public Defender will be joined by representatives of the Ministry of Refugees and Settlement as well as employees of the Regional Administration.

The refugees think that the Ministry of Refugees and Settlement illegally deprived them of a refugee status when conducting an annual census; consequently they have been left without benefits.

Refugees in Georgia receive a benefit of 14 GEL from the Georgian government and humanitarian aid from international organizations. Furthermore, there is a special Russian school opened for Chechen refugees living in Pankisi.

Aiming at clarifying the situation Sozar Subari, Public Defender will leave for Pankisi on February 26. Meetings with Chechen refugees have been planned. Besides, Sozar Subari will become familiarized with their general problems.

Representatives of the Ministry of Refugees and Settlement as well as employees of the Regional Administration will go to Pankisi together with the Public Defender.

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