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Subari reports on Georgian citizens’ vulnerability

2009-04-02 15:09

2/3/0/2230.jpegOmbudsman Sozar Subari presented a new report on human rights observance in Georgia in the latter half of 2008. The 1000-page study has already reached parliament. However the ombudsman's office doesn't rely on deputies to improve the situation.


Sozar Subari once again reports on mass violations of human rights in Georgia. As specified by Nino Eremashvili, head of the ombudsman's office information department, to Georgia Times, the people's defender (this is how the ombudsman is officially called in Georgia) must present the report to the parliament twice a year. The latest survey deals with the events of the latter half of 2008. Rights defenders registered violations of human rights by the police, court and penitentiary system, i.e. essentially by those state structures that on the contrary must ensure observance of people's rights. Recently Subari emphasized that many officials should be brought to political and criminal responsibility. According to him ungrounded persecution of the opposition

continued all through the year. Except for these topics the report exposes the state of freedom of speech and the situation of religious and national minorities in the country, Eremashvili added.

All these problems are not new to Georgia, Georgy Chkheidze, deputy ombudsman told Georgia Times. As he says the whole chapter of the report is dedicated to independence of judicial system. A lot of examples are given to illustrate common citizens' disability to have fair rulings in Georgian courts and their appeals to Strasburg as an ultimate legal resort.

Another chapter of the report deals with notorious political trials marked with explicit violation of the rights of the accused. According to Chkheidze Nora, the sister of the president's ex plenipotentiary to Kodory Valley Emzar Kvitsiani, is wrongfully convicted. Besides the proofs of high treason and misappropriation of state property by the commander of Monadire squadron is not enough in the case.

Another example of frame-up accusations is the case of Archil Benidze, a Laborist, who is suspected of "laundering" of large amounts. At first the court sent him to pre-trial custody releasing him on bail on March 18 probably under the pressure of protests and following the international monitors' negative reaction. The Georgian opposition stated that the laborist had committed no crime considering his arrest as political persecution.

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