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Wednesday, May 8, 2024
Prepared by Messenger Staff

Strasbourg Court Orders Government to Pay Over Euro 150,000 to Victims of 'Gavrilov Night'

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has determined that there was a violation of Article 3 of the Human Rights Convention (prohibition of torture) due to the inadequate investigation into the dispersal of the protest that took place in Tbilisi on June 20-21, 2019.

In this case, 26 applicants claimed that they had suffered injuries as a result of excessive force and argued that the investigation into these incidents was ineffective. The court found that the investigation did not meet the standards required to address allegations of such serious human rights violations.

Additionally, the applicants alleged violations of Articles 10 (freedom of expression), 11 (freedom of assembly), and 13 (right to an effective remedy) of the European Convention. However, the court did not find a violation of these articles.

The Human Rights Court in Strasbourg ordered the state to compensate the majority of the applicants, totaling 150,000 euros overall.

Georgian Citizen Ramaz Begheluri Abducted by Russian Occupying Forces

Russian occupiers have abducted Georgian citizen Ramaz Begheluri. According to Begheluri's mother, Nora Begheluri, Ramaz was arrested while visiting the grave of his 16-year-old brother near the occupation line. Begheluri expressed concern for her son's well-being, stating to TV Pirveli that she does not know his current condition and emphasizing that Ramaz has epilepsy and requires constant supervision. According to her, Begheluri is being held in an isolation cell in occupied Tskhinvali, and she does not know his current condition.

Ramaz Begeluri has been abducted five times by the occupiers from Gugutiantkari.

President of Georgia, Salome Zourabichvili condemned the kidnapping of the Georgian citizen and criticized the occupying force:

"The so-called followers of the same faith and supposed defenders of values! They don't know Easter, they don't know the grave, they don't know family, they don't know the homeland in general, and they don't recognize its real borders or the distinction between their own and neighboring lands... And despite all this, some people are equating friends with enemies!" Zourabichvili wrote on Facebook.