Freedom for Dr. Vazha Gaprindashvili MD illegally detained by Russian occupational forces!

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Under the present statement, we want to express our great concern and protest regarding the fact that on 9th November, 2019 Vazha Gaprindashvili MD., a well-known Georgian doctor, orthopedic surgeon and the President of Georgian Orthopedics and Traumatology Society, has been unlawfully detained in Tskhinvali Region (Georgia) by Russian occupational forces.

It must be noted that the unlawful detention of Dr. Vazha Gaprindashvili violates basic human rights and in particular, it violates the right of freedom of movement.

The duration of professional work experience of Dr. Vazha Gaprindashvili is 35 years. He is an active member of various orthopedic/trauma associations and societies, author of numerous publications. Furthermore, he was awarded a substantial number of certificates, and has been actively engaged in orthopedic/trauma area on an international level.

It is noteworthy that armed conflicts between states has its regulatory framework. In particular, the international humanitarian law, international human rights law and general practice heavily disapproves the illegitimate detention that took place in Tskhinvali Region. Moreover, the professional work of medical persons in conflict regions is always regarded as neutral activity, thus, the unlawful detention of Dr. Vazha Gaprindashvili by the occupational forces is very concerning, especially when the detention is prolonged.

The steps taken by the Georgian government in favor of peaceful negotiations should also be taken into consideration. We hope that through the participation and assistance of international community and institutions the process of negotiations will be finalized effectively and in due time.

Finally, the family, friends and colleagues respectfully ask the World Doctors’ Community and public in general to help us spread the protests regarding the unlawful detention of Dr. Vazha Gaprindashvili and assist the parties engaged in negotiations to resolve the problem in a peaceful manner.

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