Public Defender Holds Meetings at U.S. Department of State
As part of his first official visit to Washington, Public Defender Levan Ioseliani met with with Mark Cameron, Director of Office of Caucasus Affairs and Regional Conflicts (EUR/CARC) and Georgia Desk, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Department of State, and Lisa A. Johnson, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). The Public Defender also held a meeting with Damon Wilson, President of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).
The Public Defender provided the U.S. Department of State with information about the state of human rights in Georgia, and discussed the implementation of the 12-point plan recommended for obtaining candidate status for EU membership.
The conversation touched upon issues of justice, the rights of prisoners, freedom of the media, the rights situation of the non-governmental sector and minorities.
The Public Defender emphasized the importance of the support provided by the United States and noted that this support was of particular importance for the independence of institutions.