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Heretic hunt to begin in Georgia soon?2010-04-01 16:55
A new rights defending scandal is flaring up in Georgia with country's opposition demanding explanations on purchase of torture equipment from authorities. In a recently published report by Amnesty International Georgia is listed as a country buying electric shock equipment. In the meantime the Interior Ministry denies assumptions expressed in the report calling them "vague and inaccurate".
As we know, Georgia adheres to UN Anti-Torture Convention. Curiously enough, three years ago the UN anti-torture committee expressed concern over a comparatively low number of convicted and disciplinarily punished law-enforcement officers in the republic in light of numerous accusations of torture and inhuman treatment, as well as no publicity over the cases.
Amnesty International repeatedly informed that after Mikheil Saakashvili's advent to power tortures to prisoners are still applied in Georgia. International rights defenders have repeatedly called on Georgian authorities to take immediate actions to stop tortures and prevent inhuman treatment in detention facilities.
Georgian opposition too accuses security officials of atrocities against prisoners. In February Georgy Lagidze, Future of Georgia party leader noted that prisoners kept in Georgian penitentiaries were subject to tortures. "We have information on continued beatings and tortures of prisoners in Gldani, Rustavi and Kutaissi prisons. A prisoner is subject to beating for a slightest fault - publicly in cells". - Lagidze said. According to him statements made by authorities that lately the situation has changed for the better are sheer lies. "As far as we know, there has been increase in prisoner mortality and sick persons are not transferred to prison's hospital", - Lagidze said. - Our party will submit a comprehensive report on the situation of penitentiary system in the republic to international organizations". A new wave of resentment inside the Georgian opposition in view of violation of human rights in the country was caused by From Words To Deeds report published by Amnesty International on March 16. It refers to the Czech Republic that from 2006 to 2009 issued sale licenses for electric shock equipment, chemical substance sprays and high voltage torture devices to six states including Georgia, RIA Novosti reports.
As Amnesty International writes, a large number of European states that exported police equipment and devises used by security services, made no official statements. The authors of the report call on the European Union to comply with the adopted law and use an efficient mechanism to control sales of torture devices.