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12 Sep, 2008 00:55

Georgia used heavy weapons against civilians

A preliminary investigation into Georgia's military offensive in South Ossetia has shown the use of heavy weapons against civilians. Meanwhile, Georgia's non-government organisations have urged the EU to launch a thorough inquiry into alleged human rights

Russian prosecutors working in South Ossetia say the Georgian army carpet bombed Tskhinval destroying both government and residential buildings with people hiding inside. 4.000 witnesses were interrogated during the investigation, including civilians and servicemen. Their testimonies prove that there was genocide in the republic.

Meanwhile, Georgian NGOs present at a human rights conference in the Belgian capital, Brussels, have criticized the EU and the OSCE for a one sided approach to the situation in South Ossetia. They say it’s not right to blame only Russia for human rights violation during the conflict.

Some Georgian human rights activists believe it was Georgia, who strongly violated the human rights of South Ossetian citizens. They demand an independent probe into the actions of the Georgian military in the republic.

They are also planning to present evidence of human rights violations by the Saakashvili regime in South Ossetia to the European Court on Human Rights.