Geogia sues Russia over 2008 war

The South Caucasus republic of Georgia has taken Russia to court over the brief war the two countries fought in August 2008.

Georgia on Thursday lodged a case against Russia at the European Court of Human Rights, accusing Russian soldiers of numerous human rights abuses in the breakaway Georgian republiucs of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, DPA reported.

Georgia accuses Russian troops or rebels acting on their orders of having tortured and killed civilians and driven people from their homes over the course of the week-long war.

Georgia’s Deputy Justice Minister Tina Burjaliani on Thursday accused Russia of standing by as the attacks were carried out and of covering up for the attacks, which Georgia says violated the European Convention on Human Rights.

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