Despite the measures taken, the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the already dire human rights situation in Georgia, especially in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Gender-based violence is still not eradicated in the country, and torture is used in prisons. Ethnic discrimination is rampant in two non-government-controlled areas, Georgians are banned from studying in their mother tongue and new travel restrictions are imposed.
This is stated in the UN report on Georgia, which was discussed today by the participants of the 45th session of the UN Human Rights Council. It provides information on the situation in the country in general and in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, in particular.
The Human Rights Council is an intergovernmental body of the UN system, composed of 47 states, responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the world. The Council is competent to discuss all thematic issues and situations in the field of human rights that require its attention throughout the year. Meetings of the Human Rights Council are held at the UN Office in Geneva, Switzerland.
The representative of Solidaritätsnetz International in Georgia has been instructed to more closely monitor trends in the field of human rights observance in Georgia.