Public attacks by members of the Georgian Parliament against the Public Defender of Georgia, in connection with her and her Office’s work related to the imprisonment of the former President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, and his hunger strike, are unacceptable. I commend the Public Defender and...
“All Georgians have the same human rights and they should enjoy them free from discrimination. This means that everyone, including LGBTI people, must be protected from violence and hate speech, be able to exercise freedom of expression, and to conduct peaceful demonstrations,” said the...
Read the observations “Judicial reforms have yielded some positive results in Georgia, in particular as concerns the reduced influence of the prosecutorial authorities, the increased transparency in the work of the High Council of Justice and an improved juvenile justice system. However,...
Visit to Georgia
“I am heartened to see a number of positive achievements of the justice sector reforms, notably in the area of juvenile justice. It is also encouraging to see an overall decrease in recourse to pre-trial detention, although its use remains problematic in certain cases”, said the Commissioner...
Report on visit to Georgia
“Continued efforts are needed to enhance public trust in the justice system and to promote equality and minority rights,” said today Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, releasing a report (CommDH(2014)9) on his visit to Georgia from 20 to 25 January 2014. A reduction...
Visit to Georgia
"Though Georgia has enacted important reforms in the justice system, further efforts are needed to strengthen the independence and impartiality of the judiciary," said Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, at the end of a six-day visit to the country. During the...
Letter to Georgian authorities
"The Georgian authorities should address long-standing concerns about ill-treatment of prisoners and other detained persons by public officials and take effective steps to repair the system of accountability. Constant vigilance is necessary to ensure the effectiveness of the absolute prohibition...
Report following visit to Georgia
"More efforts are needed to address serious shortcomings in the judiciary and increase its transparency and fairness" said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, releasing today a report on the visit to Georgia 18-20 April 2011. The report focuses on the level of...
Visit to Georgia
At the end of a four-day visit to Georgia focusing on human rights in the justice system, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg presented his preliminary observations at a press conference at the Council of Europe Office in Tbilisi. "Over an extended period, I have...
Report on visits to Georgia
"All sides should ensure a faster improvement of the human rights situation in the areas affected by the August 2008 conflict" said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, releasing today a report based on his latest visits to Georgia. In particular the...
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