Did Georgia commit crimes in South Ossetia?

Did Georgia commit crimes in South Ossetia?

The BBC has discovered evidence that Georgia may have committed war crimes in its breakaway region of South Ossetia in August.

Georgian tank in South Ossetia

Georgian tank in South Ossetia earlier this year

Eyewitnesses have described how Georgian tanks fired directly into an apartment block and how civilians were shot at as they tried to escape the intense fighting.

Research by the organisation Human Rights Watch points to indiscriminate use of force by the Georgian military and the possible deliberate targeting of civilians.

Indiscriminate use of force is a violation of the Geneva Convention and serious violations are considered to be war crimes.

The evidence was gathered by the BBC's Tim Whewell on the first unrestricted visit to South Ossetia by a foreign news organisation since the conflict:

Listen Listen to Tim Whewell (6 mins 18 secs)

First broadcast 28 October 2008

For more on Tim Whewell's visit to South Ossetia click here