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Human Rights Comment

Why remembering the Holocaust is a human rights imperative

18/10/2016 Strasbourg
The Shoah stands out as one of the defining moments of history that has shaped the conscience of mankind. It is unique in its roots, implementation and envisioned totality. During my mandate as Commissioner for Human Rights, I have attended a number of ceremonies of commemoration of the victims of the Shoah, not only in Strasbourg, but also in Albania and Greece , to highlight that it is our...
Visit observations

Georgia should continue strengthening the independence and impartiality of judges

12/01/2016 Strasbourg
Read the observations “Judicial reforms have yielded some positive results in Georgia, in particular as concerns the reduced influence of the prosecutorial authorities, the increased transparency in the work of the High Council of Justice and an improved juvenile justice system. However, long-standing structural problems still require serious attention, particularly with a view to upholding the...
Visit to Georgia

Georgia: further efforts needed in justice reform and combating intolerance

16/11/2015 Strasbourg
“I am heartened to see a number of positive achievements of the justice sector reforms, notably in the area of juvenile justice. It is also encouraging to see an overall decrease in  recourse to pre-trial detention, although its use remains problematic in certain cases”, said the Commissioner following his visit to Georgia from 9 to 13 November 2015 during which he followed up on the report he...
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...
Report on visits to Georgia

Georgia: “Further improvements needed to ensure human rights and humanitarian protection”

07/10/2010 Strasbourg
"All sides should ensure a faster improvement of the human rights situation in the areas affected by the August 2008 conflict" said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, releasing today a report based on his latest visits to Georgia. In particular the Commissioner stresses the need to release all remaining detainees who have been apprehended when crossing the...
Report on monitoring of investigations of missing persons

August 2008 armed conflict in Georgia: serious shortcomings in clarifying the fate of missing persons

29/09/2010 Strasbourg
"Regrettably, there have been serious shortcomings in the process of clarifying the fate of missing persons and ensuring accountability for the perpetrators of illegal acts". With these words, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, published today a report prepared by two international experts, whom he recruited to monitor investigations concerning the treatment...
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