Waiting for Russian Justice: The ineffective Russian investigation of crimes committed during the August 2008 armed conflict between Russia and Georgia
Tblisi,10 November 2012: Grave crimes were committed during the war between Georgia and Russia in August 2008. The NHC documented war crimes and crimes against humanity during and after the cessation of hostilities. In the years since, the NHC has investigated in Georgia and Russia, trying to assess whether domestic investigations are on-going and effective.
In 2011 NHC published two reports on the lack of effective investigation in Georgia. NHC has now released its third report, Waiting for Russian Justice, which clearly indicates that Russia is not investigating effectively. Georgia is a state party to the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Norwegian Helsinki Committee believes that it is now time for the ICC to take a more proactive role regarding the Georgia war, in order to defend the interests of the victims and satisfy the need for accountability in the Caucasus region, which since the break-up of the Soviet Union has seen many armed conflicts, but little justice.