Council of Europe Anti-Torture Committee visits Georgia

Received by HREA’s Newsletter from April 5, 2007.

Strasbourg, 05.04.2007 — A delegation of the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) recently carried out a two-week visit to Georgia. The visit, which began on 21 March 2007, was the CPT’s third periodic visit to Georgia.

During the visit, the delegation assessed progress made as regards the treatment of persons detained by the police and the practical operation of the safeguards in place. In the area of prisons, the visits to two recently opened establishments provided an opportunity to examine the effect of the on-going reform of the penitentiary system. At the same time, particular attention was paid to the treatment of remand prisoners in Tbilisi and Zugdidi. The visit also provided an opportunity to examine the situation in psychiatric establishments and to assess the legal safeguards applicable to involuntary psychiatric patients under the new Law on Psychiatric Care. Further, the delegation visited for the first time in Georgia a special school for juvenile delinquents.

In the course of the visit, the CPT’s delegation held consultations with Gia KAVTARADZE, Minister of Justice, Zurab ADEISHVILI, Prosecutor General, Givi MIKANADZE, Deputy Minister of Justice, Ekaterine ZGULADZE, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Nikoloz PRUIDZE, Deputy Minister of Labour, Health and Social Affairs, Bela TSIPURIA, Deputy Minister of Education and Science, as well as other senior Government officials. It also met with Sozar SUBARI, Public Defender of Georgia, and his Deputy, Grigol GIORGADZE. Further, discussions were held with members of non-governmental and international organisations active in areas of concern to the CPT.

At the end of the visit, the delegation presented its preliminary observations to the Georgian authorities.

The visit was carried out by the following members of the CPT:

  • - Zděnek HÁJEK (Czech), Head of delegation
  • - Birgit LIE (Norwegian)
  • - Marc NÈVE (Belgian)
  • - Jean-Pierre RESTELLINI (Swiss)
  • - Vitolds ZAHARS (Latvian).

They were supported by Petya NESTOROVA (Head of Division), Borys WODZ and Isabelle SERVOZ-GALLUCCI of the CPT’s Secretariat, and assisted by two experts: James McMANUS, Professor of Criminal Justice at Glasgow Caledonian University (United Kingdom), and Catherine PAULET, psychiatrist, Head of the Regional Medical and Psychological Service, Baumettes Prison, Marseilles (France).

The delegation visited the following places:

Establishments under the Ministry of Internal Affairs

  • - Temporary detention isolator, Khobi
  • - Temporary detention isolator, Kutaisi
  • - Temporary detention isolator, Rustavi
  • - Temporary detention isolator No. 1, Tbilisi
  • - Temporary detention isolator No. 2, Tbilisi
  • - Old Tbilisi No. 1 Division of Internal Affairs, Tbilisi
  • - Old Tbilisi No. 2 Division of Internal Affairs, Tbilisi
  • - Isani-Samgori District Division of Internal Affairs, Tbilisi
  • - Vake-Saburtalo District Division of Internal Affairs, Tbilisi
  • - Temporary detention isolator No. 1, Zugdidi
  • - Temporary detention isolator No. 2, Zugdidi

Establishments under the Ministry of Justice

  • - Penitentiary establishment No. 2, Rustavi (follow-up visit)
  • - Prison No. 6, Rustavi
  • - Prison No. 5, Tbilisi (follow-up visit)
  • - Prison No. 7, Tbilisi
  • - Prison No. 4, Zugdidi

Establishments under the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs

  • - Psychiatric Hospital, Kutiri
  • - Asatiani Psychiatric Institute, Tbilisi

Establishments under the Ministry of Defence

- Military detention unit (“Hauptvacht”),Tbilisi

Establishments under the Ministry of Education and Science

- Special school for juvenile delinquents, Samtredia.

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