Human Rights and Healthcare in Prisons and Other Closed Institutions in Georgia
The programme was launched in July 2013 and it aims to strengthen human rights and improve access to healthcare for persons deprived of their liberty.
More specifically, the programme aims to
improve the provision of health care in prisons and police detention facilities, in line with European standards.
strengthen the protection of human rights of those with mental disorders in prisons, police detention facilities and other closed facilities, such as psychiatric institutions, in line with European standards; and
strengthen the monitoring and investigative functions of state bodies to prevent and combat ill-treatment and impunity, in line with European and other international standards.
In order to achieve those goals, the Council of Europe implements a wide variety of activities in the framework of the programme
- Legislative support to the national authorities;
- Assessment of the implementation of the penitentiary system health car strategy and action plan for 2013-2014 and the assistance in developing a new one;
- Development of the training programme on preventive health care;
- Development, translation, publication and distribution of thematic and awareness-raising materials for prisoners and staff dealing with persons in closed institutions;
- Evaluation of needs in harm reduction and psycho-social rehabilitation;
- Strengthening health care in prisons through series of round tables, training sessions and study visits;
- Purchasing medical equipment for the penitentiary medical facilities;
- Activities directed at improving the mental health complaints mechanism
- Awareness-rising among NGOs and the social sector on human rights issues related to mental health;
- Assessment of the state strategy and action plan for the fight against ill-treatment and impunity for 2011-2013 and assistance in developing a new one;
- Strengthening the capacity of monitoring and investigative bodies
The programme cooperates with different state and civic institutions, which also members of the committee, steering the implementation of the programme.
This joint European Union/Council of Europe programme aims to strengthen human rights and improve the provision of healthcare (including mental health care) in prisons, police detention and other closed facilities in Georgia in line with European standards