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The European NPM Project - Georgia


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

In the framework of the Council of Europe 'European NPM Project' on setting up an active network of National Preventive Mechanisms against torture and ill-treatment, a second onsite exchange of experience was organised in Tbilisi, Georgia from Tuesday 29 June to Friday 2 July. The aim of this workshop was to foster an exchange of practice and cooperation in order to build and enhance capacity to carry out detention monitoring for the prevention of torture.

Date: 29 June - 2 July 2010
Place: Tbilisi, Georgia
Purpose: In the framework of the Council of Europe “European NPM Project” on setting up an active network of National Preventive Mechanisms (NPM) against torture and ill-treatment, a second onsite exchange of experience was organised in Tbilisi, Georgia from Tuesday 29th June to Friday 2nd July. This event was organized jointly by the Council of Europe, the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) and the Georgian NPM.

The workshop gathered 26 participants from the Human Rights Defenders Office (Ombudsperson) including all the permanent members and 18 external experts, and 7 international experts from the United Nations Subcommittee for the Prevention of Torture (SPT), former members of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT), the Council of Europe and the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT).

The overall aim of this four day workshop was to foster an exchange of practice and cooperation between the Georgian Human Rights Defender (NPM mandate holder) and these bodies in order to build and enhance capacity to carry out detention monitoring for the prevention of torture.

The specific objectives were to:
  • analyze the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges of  the NPM, as regards its mandate and functioning;
  • exchange on the practice of preventive monitoring, particularly with regards to the methodology of conducting visits and following-up on monitoring visits
  • prepare and carry out a preventive monitoring visit as part of the exercise
  • debrief on the findings and methodology of the visiting exercise.
Activities: The workshop was divided into 2 parts:
  • Part one (day one) focused on the overall context of the NPM mandate and requirements.
  • Part two (days two, three and four) was the practical application of detention monitoring with a one day visit to a place of detention by the host NPM’s permanent members and external experts and international experts (SPT, former CPT, CoE and APT) observing. A debriefing on the methodology of the visit followed.
Outcome: This experience was relevant and useful in providing for an exchange between the NPM and international experts on the implementation of the NPM mandate and the methodology used to conduct preventive visits.

The workshop also allowed the participants to reflect on their practice and identify some key issues that could be addressed in order to further improve the NPM work.
Publications: The following publications were translated into Georgian and are available to download:

Monitoring Places of Detention – A Practical Guide (Electronic version not yet available)

Detention Monitoring Briefing 1: Making effective recommendations


Detention Monitoring Briefing 2: The Selection of Persons to Interview in the Context of Preventive Detention Monitoring


Visiting places of detention - What role for physicians and other health professionals?


The Right of Access to Lawyers for Persons Deprived of Liberty


New version of the European Prison rules (EPR), January 2006
Further Information: The European NPM Project
The NPM of Georgia
Contact Person: Tanya Norton, APT Detention Monitoring Adviser
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