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Report on visit to Georgia

Georgia has to improve the administration of justice and promote tolerance

12/05/2014 Strasbourg
“Continued efforts are needed to enhance public trust in the justice system and to promote equality and minority rights,” said today Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, releasing a report (CommDH(2014)9) on his visit to Georgia from 20 to 25 January 2014. A reduction in the use of pre-trial detention and the increase of acquittal rates by the courts appear to signal...
Visit to Georgia

Georgia: greater efforts are needed to improve the administration of justice and promote tolerance

27/1/2014 Strasbourg
"Though Georgia has enacted important reforms in the justice system, further efforts are needed to strengthen the independence and impartiality of the judiciary," said Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, at the end of a six-day visit to the country. During the visit the Commissioner examined the course of reforms in the justice sector, as well as the situation...
Letter to Georgian authorities

Effective measures needed to eradicate ill-treatment and torture in Georgia

04/12/2012 Strasbourg
"The Georgian authorities should address long-standing concerns about ill-treatment of prisoners and other detained persons by public officials and take effective steps to repair the system of accountability. Constant vigilance is necessary to ensure the effectiveness of the absolute prohibition of torture. I intend to focus on these issues in my dialogue with the authorities, including during...
Report following visit to Georgia

Georgia: “Human rights must be better protected in the justice system”

05/07/2011 Strasbourg
"More efforts are needed to address serious shortcomings in the judiciary and increase its transparency and fairness" said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, releasing today a report on the visit to Georgia 18-20 April 2011. The report focuses on the level of protection of human rights in the justice system in Georgia. Several steps have been taken by the...
Visit to Georgia

Georgia: more needs to be done to uphold the credibility of the justice system

20/04/2011 Tbilisi, Georgia
At the end of a four-day visit to Georgia focusing on human rights in the justice system, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg presented his preliminary observations at a press conference at the Council of Europe Office in Tbilisi. "Over an extended period, I have been receiving reports from different sources and have been addressed directly by many individuals who...

Commissioner in Tbilisi and Tskhinvali: detainees released

[03/05/10 10:15] The process of resolving the humanitarian and human rights issues has restarted, said Commissioner Hammarberg after a visit to Tskhinvali on Sunday. Three detained Georgians were released and it was pledged that another three would be freed within the near future.

Commissioner Hammarberg concludes visit to Georgia

[05/03/10 11:00] From 26 to 28 February, the Commissioner visited Georgia to pursue his efforts towards the release of detainees and the clarification of the fate of missing persons. The Commissioner introduced two international experts who will be monitoring the ongoing investigations into cases of missing persons on all sides. The two started their work with the case of three young Ossetians...

Georgia: Commissioner Hammarberg brings process of releases forward

[21/12/09 11:00] On Saturday, three detained minors were released following the intervention of Thomas Hammarberg in Tskhinvali. "These young people were reunited with their families, two of them after more than a month in detention; the third one had been held more than five months. This process must continue, and more needs to be done to resolve the remaining cases on both sides. This...
Visit to Georgia

Human Rights Commissioner at press conference in Tbilisi: “Ordinary people should be protected from the consequences of the conflict”

04/12/2009 Strasbourg
The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights visited Georgia from 27 November to 3 December. He was determined to contribute to the release of detainees and to family reunification during his mission. He achieved the following: two Georgian teenage school boys who were being detained in Tskhinvali since 4 November 2009 were released, and a firm commitment was given by the leadership in...

Commissioner Hammarberg in Georgia: detainees released

Strasbourg, 03/12/2009 – Two detained teenagers were released on Wednesday after intervention by Thomas Hammarberg in Tskhinvali. Two other minors will be freed within the coming days according to a pledge given to the Commissioner. The boys had crossed the administrative borderline from Georgia in early November and were tried on charges of illegal entry carrying weapons. The Commissioner...
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