legislation on detention and treatment of persons with mental disabilities
On 25 March 2014, the Council of Europe will present the findings of the
analysis of the legal provisions, which relate to the detention and treatment of
persons with mental disabilities in criminal proceedings in Georgia.
An international expert
of the Council of Europe has assessed whether specific articles in the relevant
legislation meet international standards, including CPT standards and the
European Convention for Human Rights, and has concluded the main findings in a
report. The report not only identifies the areas where legislative amendments
and clarifications are needed, but proposes a number of recommendations to
improve the current legislation.
The report will be presented
and discussed at a roundtable, with the involvement of representatives of the
Committee on Healthcare and Social Issues of the Parliament, the Ministry of
Labour, Health and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Corrections, international
organisations and civil society.
The conclusions of the report
and the roundtable will help the national authorities to draw up the necessary
legislative amendments in the field of mental healthcare in prisons.
activity is organised in the framework of the European Union/Council of Europe
Joint Programme âHuman Rights in Prisons and Other Closed Institutionsâ. This
programme was launched in July 2013 and aims to strengthen human rights of
people in prisons, police detention and other facilities and improve access to
healthcare for persons deprived of their liberty.
political organisation set up in 1949, the Council of Europe works to promote
democracy and human rights continent-wide. It also develops common responses to
social, cultural and legal challenges in its 47 member states.