Georgia: UN rights expert to follow up on the situation of internally displaced persons
The United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons Dr. Chaloka Beyani arrived to Georgia on 25 September to review the country’s ongoing crisis regarding thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs). He followed up on the recommendations made in his 2014 report to the UN Human Rights Council.
During his four-day visit, Beyani met with the Georgian government officials, civil society organizations and several IDPs.
“I will review any progress made in regards to the protection and assistance provided to IDPs and look at current challenges and opportunities for durable solutions in Georgia, particularly the integration of IDP needs into broader development plans and initiatives,” said Beyani.
“I have continued to pay attention to the protracted situation of IDPs in Georgia and their inability to voluntarily return to their places of origin. Some of those who did return to Abkhazia continue to face difficulties regarding their basic civil rights and freedom of movement.”
According to the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia’s latest statistics, currently there are 263,598 registered IDPs in Georgia.
Beyani will later present his findings to the UN in a report compiled after his departure from Georgia.