Georgia: Torture Still Goes Unpunished

by Laurence on 5/10/2005 · 1 comment

Georgia: Torture Still Goes Unpunished (Human Rights Watch, 13-4-2005)

(Tbilisi, April 13, 2005)–Since the ‘Rose Revolution’that brought a new government to power in 2003, the Georgian authorities have failed to end widespread torture of detainees in the criminal justice system, Human Rights Watch said in a briefing paper released today.The government hasn’t adequately grappled with torture…The 27-page briefing paper, ‘Georgia: Uncertain Torture Reform’ describes the ongoing impunity for torture, a problem that persists despite some government measures taken to combat it.

The briefing paper documents how the new government’s campaigns against corruption and organized crime led to new allegations of due process violations, including torture and ill-treatment. It also details the measures the government has taken to combat torture. These include outside monitoring of police stations and steps to improve police professionalism, particularly in the collection of evidence.

The briefing paper details several cases of torture, including cases that highlighted problems associated with the new plea-bargaining system that the current government enacted last year. Law enforcement officials used the plea-bargaining system to cover up allegations of torture, promising lower penalties to defendants who agreed to the officials’ version of events, which did not include the allegations of police abuse. Officials asked for monetary payments in exchange for releasing the defendant from custody.

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Curzon May 10, 2005 at 4:47 am

* shriek * Another ally with a less-than-perfect HR record! Where’s Murray when you need him?

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