Oct 30

2015

Global Diligence LLP submits representations to the ICC Pre-Trial Chamber on behalf of victims of the 2008 war in Georgia

On 13 October 2015 the International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor requested authorisation from the ICC Pre-Trial Chamber to initiate an investigation into the alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the armed conflict in Georgia in 2008.

According to Article 15(3) of the ICC Statute, the Prosecutor’s request triggers an automatic right for victims to make representations to the Pre-Trial Chamber on whether they support the investigation, and on its proposed scope.

On 12 November 2015, Global Diligence LLP, in partnership with the International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR), the Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) and the Russian Justice Initiative (RJI), submitted Representations on behalf of 87 victims of Georgian and South Ossetian ethnicity. The victims expressed their support for an ICC investigation, hoping that the Court will help to establish a true and impartial account, and bring perpetrators to justice.

The submission was prepared by GD partner, Alexandre Prezanti, on the basis of victim consultations conducted in Georgia and South Ossetia in October 2008 and 2015 by the partner organisations. Following this submission and provided that the authorisation is granted, Global Diligence LLP will endeavour to continue to represent the victims’ interests throughout the ICC proceedings.

If you are a victim of an international crime committed during the 2008 armed conflict in Georgia and want to be represented in proceedings before the ICC, please contact us.