European Union and the Council of Europe launch new Joint Programme on Georgian
On 9 July
2013, at the Holiday Inn, the Council of Europe with the support of the European
Union has launched the Joint Programme â€śHuman Rights in Prisons and Other Closed
Institutionsâ€ť dedicated to strengthening human rights and improving access to
health care for persons deprived of their liberty.
Over a two
year period, the Programme will tackle three main challenges for prisons, police
detention and psychiatric facilities in Georgia: access to adequate health care,
protecting human rights of persons in need of psychiatric care, and preventing
and combating ill-treatment and impunity.
The event was
opened by the Head of
the Council of Europe Office in Georgia, Caterina Bolognese, together with
Thomas Hammarberg, EUâ€™s Special Advisor on Legal and Constitutional Reform and
Human Rights in Georgia, the Ministers of Justice, Internal Affairs, Corrections
and Legal Assistance, as well as the Public Defender. Representatives from
international organisations, the diplomatic corps, and international and
Georgian NGOs were also present.
The event was
followed by a first meeting of the Steering Committee at which all stakeholders
discussed and adopted the work plan for the first six months of the Programme,
including study visits, development of training programmes and publications.
For more information see: www.coe.int / www.coe.ge