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Interior Minister meets Secretary-General, signs three conventions and attends signature of new EU/CoE joint programme on "Human Rights and healthcare in prisons and other closed institutions in Georgia"

Strasbourg - On 25 March Interior Minister Irakli Garibashvili visited Strasbourg, where he met with Council of Europe Secretary-General Thorbjørn Jagland, among others. The Minister informed Secretary-General Jagland about ongoing and planned reforms in the law enforcement area. During his visit, Minister Garibashvili deposited Georgia's signature of three important treaties :

 . the Second Additional Protocol to the European Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters (CETS No. 182);

 . the Additional Protocol to the Criminal Law Convention on Corruption (ETS No. 191); and

 . the Council of Europe Convention on Laundering, Search, Seizure and Confiscation of the Proceeds from Crime and on the Financing of Terrorism (CETS No. 198).

Minister Garibashvili also attended a signature ceremony where a joint programme of the European Union and the Council of Europe was signed by Deputy Secretary-General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni. This EUR 3.34M programme on "Human Rights and healthcare in prisons and other closed institutions in Georgia" will run for 2.5 years and will focus on prison healthcare, mental healthcare and the fight against impunity for ill-treatment in closed institutions in Georgia.


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Council of Europe Office in Georgia