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President Margvelashvili Awards Order of Honor Posthumously to Archil Tatunashvili

President of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili has awarded Order of Honor posthumously to Archil Tatunashvili for revealing exceptional civic responsibility and bravery. President Margvelashvili has handed over the award to Tatunashvili’s parents today at the Presidential Palace.
Tatunashvili’s parents have informed President Margvelashvili on the progress of investigation. Conversation at the meeting also touched upon the inter-state appeal against Russia to the European Court of Human Rights. President Margvelashvili believes that Georgia must appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.
"We thank Archil Tatunashvili's family for raising a hero; a brave soldier who has been defending our dignity and interests outside Georgia; a man who has tragically and heroically died while guarding our homeland.
Thank you for bringing up such man. We award Order of Honor posthumously to Archil. I strongly believe that enormous pain that we have gone through will be at least partially relieved when Archil’s case is investigated and perpetrators are punished.
God bless Archil’s soul. Generations to come will be raised following his example of heroism,” President Margvelashvili said.
Tatunashvili’s parents have thanked President Margvelashvili for appreciation and support. Tamar Avaliani, lawyer of Tatunashvili’s family said they plan to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.
"Human Rights Center Georgia is preparing the case to appeal the European Court. We sent the statement to Russia on launching the investigation of Archil Tatunashvili’s death and torture on Friday.
The Russian Federation is the only party responsible for this illegal action, as the Russian Federation carries out effective control in the occupied South Ossetia. According to the European Court of Human Rights, a state that carries out effective control in an area is responsible for the crimes committed within this area.
Therefore we think that we should have communication with the Russian Federation. We asked the Russian Federation to launch the investigation and now await their response. Obviously, we do not have high hopes. We need this to be able to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights against the Russian Federation.
As for the appeal against Georgia, we will observe the ongoing investigation in Georgia. We do not intend to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights against Georgia; however, if we see that the investigation is ineffective here, we will have no other choice but to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights against both the Russian Federation and Georgia," Tamar Avaliani said.

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