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War between Georgia and Russia: PACE committee calls for investigation and prosecution of human rights violations

Adopting a draft resolution on the humanitarian consequences of the war between Georgia and the Russian Federation, PACE´s Committee on Migrations, Refugees and Population called on both states and the de facto authorities in South Ossetia and Abkhazia to investigate and where appropriate prosecute all human rights violations and violations of humanitarian law.

Following the proposals of the rapporteur (Corien Jonker, Netherlands, EPP/CD), the parliamentarians also called for reparations for violations of international human rights and humanitarian law to be provided, including restitution of property and payment of compensation. The mandate of the European Union Monitoring Mission (EUMM), they said, should be extended to cover protection and possibly peace-keeping covering both sides of the de facto borders of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The text is due to be discussed during the next PACE plenary session (26-30 January 2009).