Human rights activists are concerned over prison conditions in the heat
Ministry of Corrections, Probation and legal Aid of Georgia has joined the call to take all necessary measures in order to provide better ventilation of the premises and conditions of stay in detention in connection with the anomalous heat, established recently in Georgia.
"We, the non-governmental organizations, express our extreme concern over the situation in prisons. Recently, the air temperature in Georgia has raised significantly, which harms the conditions of prisoners. In particular, the cells are not equipped with a ventilation system. In some cases there are problems with water supply. All this summer period makes this situation even more difficult. In such circumstances, situation of those prisoners who are serving their terms in closed prisons became worse. In addition, those prisoners who have problems with the cardiovascular system are now in critical state"- said in a statement of the NGO released today.
"According to minimum standards of treatment of prisoners, all the places, where they serve their sentences, especially sleeping accommodation shall meet all standards and meet the climatic conditions, and special attention should be paid to air access, living area, heating, lighting and ventilation. The state is obliged to take all steps to ensure all places of detention necessary to maintain a normal temperature conditions and not pose a threat to the health and lives of prisoners"- stated further in a statement.