Trainings of Human Rights Academy of Public Defender at Tbilisi Public Schools on: Child and Police

On January 27, 2017, the Human Rights Academy of the Public Defender delivered a short course for the first experimental high school students, which was led by Saba Brachveli and Aldona Kachibaia, representatives of the Department of Criminal Justice of the Public Defender's Office. The main topic of the course was the rights of young people above the age of 14 years during having contacts with law enforcement agencies. In particular, safeguards to protect the rights of the juveniles during police activities (stopping, questioning, identification of a person, etc.) and/or criminal procedures (arrest, search, interrogation).

A course of lectures on the mentioned topic was for the first time held for juvenile’s target group within the framework of the Human Rights Academy of the Public Defender.

The format and content of the educational activity was selected according to the importance of the issue and was aimed at raising students’ awareness of their rights. The course mainly concerned safeguards for the protection of the rights of juvenile defendants during contacts with the law enforcement agencies, including the right to an effective remedy, the right to a legal representative and a lawyer, the right to silence, the right that their best interests be taken into view and other specific circumstances, which are provided for in the Juvenile Justice Code.

The educational activities will promote peaceful and legal settlement of possible confrontation between the police and the minors, which in turn, will reduce the distrust of minors in police and law enforcement agencies. The program will prepare minors for proper perception of and peaceful solution to various types of conflicts in the modern society, while the active use of their knowledge about their rights will teach them how to respect and obey law.

Courses will be held in other public schools of Tbilisi as well. The education process includes review of local and international laws. The training will be interactive – after introduction of theoretical materials, discussion/debate, brainstorming, discussion of casus, role-playing, team work and presentation of results will be held.

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