IDPs In Georgia Worry Amnesty

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LONDON, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Though Georgia’s government has done more for the plight of internally displaced, they still make up 6 percent of the population, Amnesty International said.

Amnesty International, in a report published Friday, highlighted what it said was a pattern of forced evictions of the internally displaced in Georgia.

The advocacy group said Tbilisi has found adequate housing for the estimated 250,000 people displaced by war in the 1990s and in 2008. The forced evictions of many others, however, suggest the government isn’t upholding its international obligations.

Amnesty International said about 6 percent of the population has struggled with displacement-related issues for more than a decade.

People uprooted by war need stable environments to rebuild their lives,” Natalia Nozadze, Amnesty International’s Georgia researcher, said in a statement. “Instead the authorities have added to their sense of insecurity by evicting them without adequate consultation, notice or access to legal remedies.”

From June-August 2010 and again in January, Amnesty International said more than 1,000 families were kicked out of temporary shelters in Tbilisi.

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