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Georgia: A Practical Training for Judges and Prosecutors


Thursday, March 5, 2009
Georgia: A Practical Training for Judges and ProsecutorsOn 7 March the APT and its Georgian partner, the Centre for the Protection of Constitutional Rights, held the third of an ongoing series of trainings for local actors on the prevention of torture. The seminar for judges, prosecutors and other actors on the prevention and investigation of torture was held in Tbilisi. Participants discussed a number of issues, including the absolute prohibition of torture, 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:
07 March 2009
Place:
Tbilisi, Georgia
Purpose:
To train judges, prosecutors, defence lawyers and other actors on their duties and responsibilities to prevent and investigate acts of torture and other forms of ill-treatment.
Partners:
Centre for the Protection of Constitutional Rights
Activities:
The APT and its Georgian partner, the Centre for the Protection of Constitutional Rights (CPCR), co-sponsored the third of an ongoing series of trainings for local actors on the prevention of torture. On 7 March 2009 the two organizations co-hosted a seminar 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', approximately 20-25 participants discussed a number of crucial topics in relation to this matter, including the absolute prohibition of torture, 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 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 20-25 judges, prosecutors, defence lawyers and Ombudsman's Office employees learnt 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.

The seminar was the third of several events planned on the subject in Georgia in recent times, the previous one being held in Tbilisi in November 2008. It is envisaged that a fourth seminar for judges and prosecutors will take place in the latter part of 2009.

Documents:

Agenda

Link to the Georgian version of the University of Essex’s 'Combating Torture: A Manual for Judges and Prosecutors'

Contact Person:
Matthew Pringle, APT Europe & Central Asia Programme Officer
Georgia: A Practical Training for Judges and Prosecutors

Photo Courtesy of Michael Kellett
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