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Georgia's OPCAT Implementation


Tuesday, December 11, 2007
On 14 December 2007 APT, Penal Reform International and the Global Initiative on Psychiatry co-sponsored a round-table event in Tbilisi titled 'Developments in Georgia's implementation of obligations under the UN Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture'. The round-table examined the possible implementation of the instrument in Georgia and assessed whether the Georgian authorities had acted on their stated commitment to establish a National Preventive Mechanism.

 

Date: 14 December 2007
Place:
Tbilisi, Georgia
Partners:

Penal Reform International's Tbilisi Regional Office

Georgian Branch of the Global Initiative on Psychiatry  

Purpose: To assess Georgia's preparedness to implement the OPCAT and to hold the annual meeting of the Prison Monitoring Commissions.
Activities: On 14 December 2007 Penal Reform International's Tbilisi Regional Office, Global Initiative on Psychiatry (GIP) and the APT co-sponsored a one-day round-table event in Tbilisi titled 'Developments in Georgia's implementation of obligations under the UN Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture'. The round-table examined the possible implementation of the instrument in Georgia and assessed whether the Georgian authorities had acted on their stated commitment to establish a National Preventive Mechanism.   

The second part of the day was devoted to the annual meeting of the country's Prison Monitoring Commissions, which is a community-based prison monitoring scheme set up in 2005. 
Background: By acceding to the OPCAT in August 2005 Georgia was among the first 20 countries which should have in theory established a National Preventive Mechanism by 22 June 2007. To mark this important date, the APT and its partners, PRI and GIP, co-hosted a seminar in Tbilisi titled 'Is Georgia ready for the OPCAT?'. At the time it was clear that the Georgian authorities had not designated or established a national mechanism.
Outcome: 

The meeting was designed to take stock of the steps taken by the government over the past six months with regard to the OPCAT implementation. Regrettably, little headway apperas to have been made in this respect, as the Georgian authorities have yet to decide on an appropriate institution.

The round-table was part of a three-year European Union-funded project to promote independent detention monitoring in Georgia. The partners will continue to monitor the implementation of the OPCAT. 

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

 

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