24.05.2013 ‚Äď Michael Aastrup Jensen (Denmark, ALDE) and Boriss Cilevics (Latvia,
SOC), the co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Georgia by the Parliamentary
Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), have called on the Georgian
authorities to ensure that the legal proceedings against former Prime Minister
Merabishvili and former Healthcare Minister Tchiaberashvili are conducted
transparently and in a way which fully respects Georgia‚Äôs obligations under
Articles 5 and 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights. ‚ÄúIt is important
that any perception of partiality or political motivation in these processes is
avoided,‚ÄĚ the two co-rapporteurs underlined.
In addition, they strongly condemned the homophobic violence that erupted in
Tbilisi on 17 May on the occasion of a rally marking the International Day
Against Homophobia. ‚ÄúSuch violence and blatant intolerance have no place in a
democratic society. We especially regret the participation of members of the
clergy in this violence, given the high moral authority the Georgian Orthodox
Church enjoys in Georgian society. We expect that the Georgian authorities will
prosecute all perpetrators of this unacceptable violence in full compliance with
the law,‚ÄĚ said the two rapporteurs. In that respect they welcomed the statement
by the Georgian Prime Minister that there will be no impunity for the
perpetrators of violence on 17 May, whether they belong to the clergy or not.
The co-rapporteurs will follow these developments closely in the framework of
the ongoing monitoring procedure for Georgia.
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