Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg will arrive to Tbilisi today. His visit program has not yet been specified. According to preliminary information, Hammarberg will visit Tskhinvali and meet with the de facto authorities.
Hammarberg’s main task is to secure the release of individuals who have been incarcerated in Georgia and de facto South Ossetia.
Hammarberg believes these people have been illegally detained.
According to Hammarberg, roughly 100 hostages have been released on both sides since the end of the August 2008 war. However, several dozens of people still remain in captivity.