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Combating Torture: A Manual for Judges and Prosecutors


Tuesday, November 4, 2008
On 1 November the APT and the Centre for the Protection of Constitutional Rights co-sponsored a seminar in Tbilisi for judges, prosecutors and other actors on the prevention and investigation of torture. Participants discussed a number of crucial topics including the absolute prohibition of torture in international law, safeguards against torture for those deprived of their liberty, the role of judges and prosecutors in protecting detainees from torture and conducting investigations and inquiries into acts of abuse.

Date:
01 November 2008
Place:
Tbilisi, Georgia
Partners:
Centre for the Protection of Constitutional Rights
Purpose:
To train judges, prosecutors, defence lawyers and Ombudsman's Office employees on their duties and responsibilities to prevent and investigate acts of torture and other forms of ill-treatment in order to ensure that those who perpetrate such acts are brought to justice.
Activities:
On 1 November 2008 the APT and the Centre for the Protection of Constitutional Rights (CPCR) co-sponsored the second of a series of seminars in Tbilisi for judges, prosecutors and other actors on the prevention and investigation of torture. Using the Georgian translation of the University of Essex's 'Combating Torture: A Manual for Judges and Prosecutors' around 30 participants discussed a number of crucial topics including the absolute prohibition of torture in international law, safeguards against torture for those deprived of their liberty, the role of judges and prosecutors in protecting detainees from torture and conducting investigations and inquiries into acts of abuse. The APT and CPCR were once again supported by two international experts, Mike Kellett and Eric Svanidze, both of whom have considerable experience in the subject area including by working for the European Council's Committee for the Prevention of Torture.
Outcome:

As a result of the event a group of around 30 judges, prosecutors, defence lawyers and Ombudsman's Office employees learned more about their duties and responsibilities to prevent and investigate acts of torture and other forms of ill-treatment. In addition to enhancing the knowledge of the participants in the area of torture prevention, the event was designed to encourage greater use of the University of Essex's invaluable manual in Georgia and an increased awareness of the important lessons contained therein.

Next Steps:
The seminar was the second of several events planned on the subject in Georgia in recent times. It is envisaged that a third seminar for judges and prosecutors will take place in the first part of 2009.
Documents:

'Combating Torture: A Manual for Judges and Prosecutors' - Georgian Version, University of Essex

Agenda

Contact Person:
Matthew Pringle, Europe & Central Asia Programme Officer
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