The Human Rights Compliant Policing in Georgia (HRCPG) project is designed in close cooperation with the Georgian authorities and will support them in enhancing monitoring and discharging policing responsibilities in an effective and accountable manner through greater compliance with human rights standards.

It will support the development of policies and regulatory measures by the medium and high-level decision-makers at the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) that will address the shortcomings identified by the European Court of Human Rights, the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) and the Public Defender’s Office of Georgia (PDO) in policing. It will enhance the professional and operational capacities of police services and their officers as well as national independent monitoring and investigation mechanisms (PDO and the Service of the State Inspector - SSI) and relevant staff members to prevent police misconduct while performing their duties and to carry out effective investigations into allegations or other indications of ill-treatment, disproportionate use of force and other human rights violations, in line with Council of Europe standards and best practices.

Capacity building initiatives for police services and national independent monitoring and investigation mechanisms will also focus on policing of democratic freedoms (e.g. public gatherings), principles of ethics, issues related to juveniles and other vulnerable groups, as well as a gender-sensitive approach to policing.

In addition, the Project will also support the MIA in improving the rights of detained persons and their treatment in police custody and temporary detention isolators (TDIs). Capacity building activities for TDI staff, both medical and non-medical staff, will aim to ensure the protection of fundamental human rights, including access to adequate services, in detention facilities.

Working with national civil society organisations (CSO) is part of the Project’s design given the importance of effective involvement of CSOs in the external monitoring of police conduct is essential to ensure accountability and transparency of policing as well as public trust.

The Project builds of the Council of Europe’s successful history of co-operation with the MIA, particularly with the Department of Temporary Detention (TDI), the Department of the Human Rights Protection and Qualitative Investigation and the MIA Academy. The project represents a continuation of the previous 24-month project Juvenile and Adults Detainees Support (JADES) carried out in 2019-2021.

This Project will be implemented within 24 months, until 30 June 2023, with an overall budget of 600,000 Euros financed through the Action Plan of the Council of Europe in Georgia.

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Special Investigation Service further strengthens cooperation with representatives of the Public Defender’s Office and CSO

1 December 2022 Georgia

On 29 November 2022, the Special Investigation Service (SIS) management presented the draft instructions on application of special protection measures to victims and witnesses of crimes investigated under SIS mandate to the representatives of the Public Defender’s Office, academia, and civil...

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Case managers and investigators in Georgia enhanced their knowledge of the psychological aspects of communication with the perpetrators and victims of offences against juveniles

07 November 2022 Georgia

On 2-3 November 2022, 20 case managers and investigators of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia (MIA) from different regions participated in a 2-day training session on the psychological aspects of communication with the perpetrators and victims of offences against juveniles, including...

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High-ranking police officers and managers of MIA in Georgia improve skills on protecting human rights during demonstrations

24 October 2022 Georgia

On October 20-21 and 22-23 2022, two groups of high-ranking police officers and managers of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of Georgia participated in a 2-day training session aimed to discuss relevant issues related to policing demonstrations and use of force during manifestations. Among...

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CoE continues to support Georgian authorities in improving treatment of persons in detention

17 October 2022 Georgia

The Council of Europe continues to provide support to Georgian national authorities in improving treatment of persons in detention and enhancing compliance of policing with the human rights standards. Steering Committee (SC) meetings of two Council of Europe projects “Human Rights Compliant...

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Investigators of the Special Investigation Service enhanced their knowledge on documenting injuries

26 September 2022 Georgia

20 investigators of the Special Investigation Service (SIS) enhanced their capacity on documenting medical evidence of alleged crimes, including torture and ill-treatment, during training sessions held on 22-23 September. Namely, the new staff of the investigation department increased their...

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Special Investigation Service discusses their 6-month report with representatives of the Public Defender’s Office and NGOs

20 September 2022 Georgia

On 20 September 2022, the managers of the Special Investigation Service (SIS) presented this institution’s 6-month activity report to the representatives of the Public Defender’s Office and civil society organisations working on protection of human rights. The participants were informed about...

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The Georgian National Preventive Mechanism adopts a new monitoring tool on the treatment of juveniles by the police

22 July 2022 Georgia

Representatives of the Georgian National Prevention Mechanism (NPM) reviewed and adopted a new monitoring tool to observe the treatment of juveniles in police custody, in line with Council of Europe standards and recommendations. In a 2-day working meeting held on 20-21 July 2022, the...

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Law-enforcement authorities and civil society discuss investigations into alleged police misconduct in Georgia

21 July 2022 Georgia

The awareness of local law enforcement and civil society about the Special Investigation Service (SIS) mandate and operational procedures for notifications and complaints related to alleged police misconduct was raised in July 2022, through eight meetings which took place in four regions of...

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Call for tender - Baseline study on human rights and policing in Georgia

20 June 2022 Georgia

The Council of Europe Project “Human Rights Compliant Policing in Georgia” (HRCPG) is launching a call for a Provider to prepare a report collecting relevant qualitative and quantitative disaggregated data (including data related to gender and vulnerable groups). The final study shall contain an...

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Representatives of Georgian regional police departments enhanced their knowledge on legal and psychological aspects of investigations

03 May 2022 Georgia

In April and May 2022, 40 representatives of Georgian regional police departments of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), including investigators and heads of regional investigation units, raised their capacities to apply human rights standards while ensuring the effectiveness of...

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MIA regional investigation units enhance age and gender-sensitive approaches in communication with offenders in Georgia

22 March 2022 Georgia

On 17-18 March 2022, 20 Heads of regional investigation units of the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) participated in a 2-day training session on age- and gender-sensitive approaches in communication with perpetrators of sexual violence. The aim of this capacity raising action was to...

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Medical staff in Georgian temporary detention facilities enhance the quality of their services and communication with victims of ill-treatment

28 February 2022 Georgia

On 25-27 February 2022, medical personnel of the Temporary Detention Isolators (TDI) of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) participated in a 3-day training session on “Quality healthcare service delivery and interviewing techniques for victims of ill-treatment”. Participants increased their...

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Case managers and investigators in Georgia enhanced their knowledge on psychological aspects of sexual violence

11 January 2022 Georgia

In November and December 2021, 56 case managers and investigators of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) participated in three 2-day training sessions on psychological aspects of communication with perpetrators of sexual violence. The aim of this capacity activity was to support the MIA’ staff...

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State Inspector’s Service staff trained on effective communication

14 December 2021 Georgia

In November and December 2021, 55 members of staff of the State Inspector’s Service (SIS), namely managerial staff and investigators, participated in three 3-day training sessions on effective communication. The aim of this capacity raising action was to support the SIS staff in adopting...

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