The Council of Europe strives to assist Georgia in meeting the Organisation’s standards on democracy, human rights and the rule of law, through a range of mechanisms which monitor Georgia’s progress in these areas.
On this page you will find links to the many different mechanisms that carry out this monitoring and the specific findings and recommendations made to the Georgian authorities.
Arguably the most important of the Council’s human rights monitoring work is carried out by the European Court of Human Rights. As a judicial body the Court only decides human rights cases on the basis of applications by individuals or by state. For an overview of the Court’s caselaw in respect of Georgia, see the Court’s country profile on Georgia or search the caselaw on HUDOC. The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe also monitors the execution of the Court’s judgments.
Commissioner for Human Rights and Georgia
The mandate of the Commissioner for Human Rights is to promote the awareness of and respect for human rights in Council of Europe member states. The Commissioner has paid visits to Georgia in 2000, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2014.
Democracy through Law (Venice Commission)
The European Commission for Democracy through Law - the Venice Commission - is an advisory body on constitutional matters which plays a leading role in the adoption of constitutions that conform to the standards of Europe's constitutional heritage. The European Commission for Democracy through Law - the Venice Commission - is an advisory body on constitutional matters which plays a leading role in the adoption of constitutions that conform to the standards of Europe's constitutional heritage. Over the years the Venice Commission has adopted opinions on a great number of (draft) laws. The Commission is currently providing advice and assistance to the State Constitutional Reform Commission.
Prevention of torture
The European Committee for the prevention of torture visits places of detention (juvenile or immigration detainees, police stations, psychiatric hospitals) in order to assess how persons deprived of their liberty are treated. The committee has reported on several visits to Georgia and is due to carry out a periodic visit in 2014.
Fight against racism
The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) is an independent monitoring body which provides member States with concrete and practical advice on how to tackle problems of racism and intolerance in their country.
Protection of social rights
The European Social Charter is a Council of Europe treaty which guarantees social and economic human rights. It was adopted in 1961 and revised in 1996. The European Committee of Social Rights rules on the conformity of the situation in States with the European Social Charter, the 1988 Additional Protocol and the Revised European Social Charter.
Protection of minorities
The Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities provides for a monitoring system to evaluate how the treaty is implemented in State Parties. An advisory Committee adopts recommendations to improve minority protection.
Fight against trafficking in human beings
The Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) is responsible for monitoring implementation of the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings by the Parties. It regularly publishes evaluation reports.
Fight against corruption
The Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) monitors member states' compliance with the Council of Europe anti-corruption standards with the objective to improve the capacity of its members to fight corruption.
Fight against money laundering
MONEYVAL Committee of experts
The committee evaluates the effectiveness of domestic measures to counter money laundering and the financing of terrorism.
The Conference of the Parties under the Council of Europe Convention on Laundering, Search, Seizure and Confiscation of the Proceeds from Crime and on the Financing of Terrorism (CETS No. 198) monitors the proper implementation of the Convention by the Parties.
European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ)
The aim of the CEPEJ is the improvement of the efficiency and functioning of justice in the member States.
Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE)
This consultative body to the Committee of Ministers prepares opinions, promotes the implementation of Rec(2000)19 and collects information about the functioning of prosecution services in Europe.
The Secretary-General periodically monitors the situation resulting from the August 2008 conflict in Georgia and presents to the Committee of Ministers a consolidated report.
The latest report may be found here
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe regularly adopts reports on the monitoring of Georgia's obligations and commitments as a member state. Georgia is represented in the Parliamentary Assembly by a delegation of 5 representatives and 5 substitutes.
Georgia and the European Court of Human Rights
- Judge to the European Court of Human Rights: Nona Tsotsoria.
- Applications allocated to a decision body(*) in 2013: 157
- Judgments in 2013: 2 violations
(*) Do not include applications which are at the pre-judicial stage (incomplete case file)