Meeting with Residents of Villages Located alongside Dividing Line
On September 13, 2017, Public Defender Ucha Nanuashvili met with the residents of the Shida Kartli and Imereti villages alongside the dividing line and listened to their problems.
Residents of the villages of Jariasheni, Gugutiantkari and Perevi complained about social hardship caused by the occupation. Detentions for crossing the dividing line were also named as a problem.
Most of the lands and pastures are now on the territory out of Georgia’s control; land registration is delayed on the Georgian-controlled territory; safety of the local population is not protected; the issues of restoration of and compensation for the houses damaged during the August 2008 war, as well as compensation of the earthquake-affected population of Perevi, are still unsolved; drinking water and irrigation systems are inadequate and road infrastructure needs to be rehabilitated. The population of Gugutiantakari demands construction of a school and a kindergarten. The majority of residents of the mentioned villages have been deprived of social assistance this year. According to the residents of Gugutiantakari, a total of 108 families were left without assistance in the winter of 2017.
The population of the village of Jariasheni demands opening of a Georgian checkpoint at the dividing line to prevent illegal arrests and ensure security.