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Law and Georgia: Is there a link?2013-04-02 15:17
Public Defender of Georgia Ucha Nanuashvili has released a report "On the state of human rights and freedoms in Georgia in 2012," calling the last year the most important in the history of the country. In this case, in the opinion of the Ombudsman, in spite of the fact that significant improvements in terms of protection of human rights have been noticed in a number of areas of public life in Georgia, in some areas there have been fixed serious problems.
Much of the report of the Public Defender is devoted to the rights of prisoners. "According to the reports of judicial examination and information provided by the health system, in 2012, 67 prisoners died in Correction facilities, which is very high indicator, especially since the average age of victims is 44 year old," the document says.
The report also notes that most of the prisoners have died prior to September 2012, when the footage of torture in Georgian prisons was spread. According to the Ombudsman, in 2011, 140 people were killed in Georgian prisons, and in 2010 - 142, and "these cases have not been investigated."
According to the report, in 2012, more than 24 thousand people served sentence in penal institutions, which has led to overcrowding and poor quality of care.
"The adoption by the Parliament of Georgia the law "On Amnesty" on January 12, 2013, has led to a reduction of prisoners by several thousand. We believe that given the reduction in the number of prisoners it is easier to the Ministry of Corrections and Legal Assistance to create appropriate conditions for the prisoners and meet international standards," the report says.
At the same time, the Ombudsman urges to liberalize the criminal laws and abolish the principle of assigning punishment for multiple offenses.
"Strict criminal policy should be replaced with a well-calculated state policy of resocialization and rehabilitation," the Public Defender stated.
With regard to the persons declared political prisoners, according to the Ombudsman, it is necessary to establish clear mechanisms for the review of their cases and addressing the issue of rehabilitation.
A separate chapter in the Ombudsman's report is devoted to notorious cases that have caused particular concern in the community. In particular, we are talking about the operation for the prosecution of an armed group in Lopota Gorge near the Georgian-Russian border on August 29.