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Why Georgian prison is so scary2012-07-04 17:17
About 700 inmates from Ksani prison have appealed to the Public Defender of Georgia Giorgi Tugushi. They have written a collective letter to the Ombudsman in which they reported the mistreatment and physical abuse by prison staff.
On Sunday, an action in support of the human rights of prisoners took place at the Ksani prison No 15. Prisoners have written a statement to the Ombudsman of Georgia. They are asking for help. The action was attended by various NGOs; its initiator was the Georgian Young Lawyers Association (GYLA).
The representative of the Lawyers Association said the organization's lawyers have failed to meet personally with the inmates. Nine of them confirm that the information about torture and the insults described in the statement is really real.
Tamar Chugoshvili, chairman of GYLA: "Our lawyers have interviewed nine prisoners. They all confirm what happened. We believe that this is unacceptable and unthinkable. We demand to stop this immediately. We demand to bring to justice everyone who is in any way involved in torture and cases of ill-treatment. Prosecutors should immediately initiate an investigation in connection with these facts. Accordingly, we are going to address to law enforcement agencies on behalf of those nine people. Prisoners with whom we spoke gave us consent to act on their behalf".
Eka Gigauri, executive director of the organization "Transparency International Georgia": "The prison administration gives an unacceptable answer. As you can see, they are aware of these facts, but instead of considering them they even do not give an answer to the public. Therefore, it would be better if they study the problem".
The action organized near the prison was attended by the representative of the coalition "Georgian Dream" Eliso Chapidze, who said that he had personally requested to raise the issue of liability of the Minister Khatun Kalmakhelidze.
Eliso Chapidze: "The coalition "Georgian Dream" asks to stop the torture of prisoners. Personally, I'm asking Kalmakhelidze to resign. After the report of the Ombudsman in 2011, describing the torture and deaths in custody, he should not hold office".