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|Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Georgia|
delegation of the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture
and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) recently carried out a
five-day visit to Georgia.
At the outset of the visit, which began on 19 November 2012, the CPT’s delegation held high-level talks with the Georgian authorities. One issue addressed was the effectiveness of the criminal investigations that had been launched, following the publication on 18 September of video material containing scenes of apparent serious ill-treatment of prisoners by staff in certain penitentiary establishments. The legislative, administrative and other steps being taken (and planned) by the Georgian authorities in respect of the country’s prison system were also discussed.
The CPT’s delegation met Tea TSULUKIANI, Minister of Justice, Sozar SUBARI, Minister of Corrections and Legal Assistance, and Archil KBILASHVILI, Chief Prosecutor. Further, the delegation held consultations with Tata KHUNTSARIA, Acting Public Defender, and members of the Special Preventive Group of the Public Defender’s Office. In addition, the delegation met Eka BESELIA and Chiora TAKTAKISHVILI, respectively Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of the Human Rights and Civil Integration Committee of the Georgian Parliament.
Following the talks, the CPT’s delegation visited Prison No.8 in Gldani and Prison No.2 in Kutaisi, two of the establishments in which the alleged ill-treatment was said to have occurred.
The visit was carried out by the following members of the CPT:
- Lətif HÜSEYNOV (Azerbaijani), President of the CPT and Head of delegation
- Haritini DIPLA (Greek), Acting 1st Vice-President of the CPT
- Djordje ALEMPIJEVIĆ (Serbian)
- Celso DAS NEVES MANATA (Portuguese)
- Marzena KSEL (Polish)
- Ana RACU (Moldovan).
They were supported by Borys WÒDZ, Head of Division in the CPT's Secretariat.
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