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Georgia: Russia and the de facto authorities in the South Ossetia/Tskhinvali region must reopen closed crossing points and guarantee freedom of movement of civilians

, Index number: EUR 56/1452/2019

The complete ban on movement between the breakaway territory of the South Ossetia/Tskhinvali Region and the rest of Georgia is undermining the human rights of local civilians. Since early September, the de facto authorities in the South Ossetia/Tskhinvali Region suspended freedom of movement across the only operating crossing points over the administrative boundary line (ABL) with the rest of Georgia, thereby further worsening the humanitarian situation by denying residents of the breakaway region access to medical care, social security benefits, education and family visits across the ABL.

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