Human Rights Watch representatives said that the request to the ICC concerning the investigation the war in Georgia may open the possibility to punish the war criminals of the Russian-Georgian conflict in 2008, Joinfo.ua reports.
Three judges will consider the ICC prosecutor’s request of October 13, about its involvement as the highest court, the organization said in a statement.
“Justice for the deaths and exiles was blocked by the lack of progress of investigations in Georgia and Russia. The victims are still waiting for justice after the events of 2008,”- said Elizabeth Evenson, senior adviser on international law of HRW.
HRW also notes the disproportionate attack by Russia and Georgia, which is a violation of the laws of war. In 2003, Georgia has provided jurisdiction over crimes against humanity and war crimes on its territory to the ICC, while Russia has not joined the International Criminal Court. If the court’s jurisdiction will be recognized, the investigation in Georgia will be the first ICC’s case outside Africa.
In August 2008, a Russian-Georgian war lasted for a week in South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The war led to numerous victims, as noted in HRW report, as well as to the months of violence and danger, displacement of thousands of people. HRW activists say South Ossetian “militiamen” humiliated and killed ethnic Georgians.