Mikheil Janelidze has met the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons
According to UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons Chaloka Beyani, Georgia has made progress in terms of improving the living conditions of internally displaced persons.
Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze held a meeting with UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons Chaloka Beyani, who arrived in Georgia for an official visit on 26 September 2016.
Mikheil Janelidze provided the UN Special Rapporteur with detailed information on the difficult human rights situation in Georgia’s occupied regions emphasizing the importance of international monitoring mechanisms for assessing the situation in the Abkhazian and Tskhinvali regions.
The UN Special Rapporteur highlighted the progress Georgia has achieved over the past few years in terms of providing appropriate facilities for internally displaced persons.
„Progress has been made since last year on the issue of housing and moving forward with the IDP law” - Chaloka Beyani said.
The sides reaffirmed the importance of the international community’s role in safeguarding the universally recognized human rights of refugees and internally displaced persons, which, first of all, implies creating relevant conditions for their safe and dignified return to the places of origin and for the protection of their civil, economic and cultural rights.
According to the UN Special Rapporteur, prior to his visit to Georgia he appealed for access to Georgia’s occupied territories but was denied. Within the framework of the visit, Chaloka Beyani will visit the villages across the occupation line and will meet the local population. He will also arrive in Zugdidi where he will visit a new settlement of internally displaced persons.