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The European Union and the Council of Europe launch new Joint Programme on Georgian Prisons.

 The European Union and the Council of Europe launch new Joint Programme on  Georgian Prisons.  

  On 9 July 2013, at the Holiday Inn, the Council of Europe with the support of the European Union has launched the Joint Programme “Human Rights in Prisons and Other Closed Institutions” 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 Mr. Thomas Hammarberg, EU’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. 

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Council of Europe Office in Georgia