Claude Mignon, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
(PACE), today issued the following statement:
âI was shocked
and horrified to see media images of prison guards violently assaulting inmates
in a prison in Georgia.
atrocities took place in a Council of Europe member state. President
Saakashvili has announced his intention to punish the culprits. I hope that all
those at all levels who bear any responsibility in this appalling affair will be
identified and punished according to the law.
recommendations from the Council of Europeâs European Committee for the
Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which
regularly monitors the way in which persons deprived of their liberty are
treated in our member states, should serve as a guide to the Georgian
authorities so that situations of this kind never recurâ.
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