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A Georgian human rights organization has sent dozens of lawsuits
A Georgian human rights organization has sent dozens of lawsuits to the European Court of Human Rights over Russia's actions in the August war over South Ossetia, the group's chairman said on Friday.

The Georgian Young Lawyers Association has submitted to the court some 50 cases claiming Moscow violated the basic human rights of Georgian citizens during the five-day armed conflict last year.

"We speak of the violation of rights, such as the right to life, the right to property, prohibition of torture and inhumane behavior," said Tamar Khidasheli, the chairman of the human rights organization.

In early February, the 42nd Article of the Constitution nongovernmental group sent 391 claims to the court in Strasbourg on behalf of Georgian citizens who suffered during the conflict.

The group also asked the European Court of Human Rights to speed up the process in the cases in the deaths of two journalists, Giorgia Chikhladze and Alexander Klimchuk. Both journalists were killed in the republic's capital of Tskhinvali during the conflict.

Chikhladze was employed in Moscow by the Russian edition of Newsweek and Klimchuk was a photographer for Russian state news agencies ITAR-TASS and RIA Novosti.

Russia recognized the Georgian republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states on August 26 last year, two weeks after the end of the conflict, which was sparked by a Georgian military attack on South Ossetia.


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