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Analysis of 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.

This activity is organised in the framework of the European Union/Council of Europe Joint Programme “Human Rights in Prisons and Other Closed Institutions”. 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.  




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