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

Law-enforcement authorities and civil society discuss investigations into alleged police misconduct in 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 Georgia (namely, Adjara, Samegrelo, Imereti and Kakheti).

The SIS presented the first quarterly report and the ongoing workplan, with an overall aim to increase the transparency of their work. Particular attention was paid to the articles of the Criminal Code that impact the SIS’ mandate, including areas relating to gender-based violence and crimes against juveniles, taking into account the challenges in communication with juveniles, which aspect was emphasised by the civil society representatives.

As a result of these meetings, there is better understanding of the local needs and issues reflecting regional specificities, which were highlighted throughout the interactive discussions, alongside areas for future cooperation.

This activity was organised within the framework of the Council of Europe Project “Human Rights Compliant Policing in Georgia” (HRCPG) which is designed to address the issues related to effective policing in line with human rights standards, the rights of detained persons and their treatment by police, the treatment of juvenile victims and offenders as well as effective investigation into alleged ill-treatment by police and effective remedies against police misconduct.

 

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