Meeting of Regional Department and National Prevention Mechanism with Non-governmental Organizations and Lawyers of Kakheti

On July 29, 2016, the Public Defender's Regional Department organized a meeting between members of the National Prevention Mechanismand Kakheti region’s criminal lawyers and non-governmental organizations. The meeting was aimed at getting additional information about the use of excessive force by police and the rights situation of the detainees, as well as exchanging information about the activities of the Public Defender's Office.

General vicious practice and specific cases were discussed at the meeting. Lawyers spoke about the problem of informing detainees of their rights and charges, as well as access to a lawyer and violation of questioning procedures.

In June a similar meeting was held in the Public Defender's Kutaisi office and will be regularly held in other regions as well.

The Department of Prevention and Monitoring of the Public Defender's Office checks the situation of detainees, prisoners or other inmates and their treatment in order to prevent torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

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