On 17 October, the Council of Europe will release
a report on investigating ill-treatment in Georgia. The report has been prepared
by Mr Jim Murdoch, a Council of Europe consultant, following a stock-taking
visit to Georgia in February 2013.
The arrangements for investigating ill-treatment in prisons up until February
2013 are the main focus of the report, but it also touches upon police detention
facilities, complementing an earlier report on this issue by the same author in
2009. The report is based on interviews with representatives of governmental,
non-governmental and international organisations and visits to two prisons and
two temporary detention isolators in Tbilisi.
The report outlines some of the causes for the failings in the system for
investigating ill-treatment and provides a number of recommendations to address
these failings in line with European standards. The need to establish an
independent investigative mechanism to investigate ill-treatment complaints
remains at the heart of these recommendations. Even if the implementation of
these recommendations can initially appear to pose significant challenges to the
authorities in the case of Georgia the progress made in respect of police
detention facilities illustrates that with sufficient will it is possible to
overcome these challenges and bring the system closer to European standards.
The report has been prepared in the framework of the Joint Programme of the
Council of Europe and European Union “Reinforcing the Fight against
Ill-treatment and Impunity”, a regional project for Armenia, Azerbaijan,
Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
For more information see: www.coe.int / www.coe.ge