Strasbourg, 4/12/2012 – “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 of torture. I intend to focus on these issues in my dialogue with the authorities, including during my next visit to Georgia” said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, on today’s publication of his letter addressed to the Prime Minister of Georgia, Mr Bidzina Ivanishvili.
Acknowledging that several swift measures have been taken in response to the prison abuse scandal and noting the Georgian authorities’ pledge that such human rights violations would no longer be tolerated, the Commissioner stresses that it is now necessary to carry out effective investigations to identify and punish those responsible for ill-treatment of persons deprived of their liberty. (more…)
Georgia and the Council of Europe