Bulletin, Periodic Publication – January, 2015
The Public Defender presented January information bulletin. In January, important structural changes were implemented in the Public Defender’s Office. Increased functions of the Public Defender’s Office and heightened responsibility towards protection of human rights demanded introduction of changes into the Organic Law on the Public Defender. Thus, various things have changed. The Public Defender acquired another deputy; the Department of Justice was transformed into two departments. The Centre of the Protection of Rights of Persons with Disabilities was reformed into a department. Also, new members of the National Preventive Mechanism Group were chosen in January.
The main topic of the bulletin includes a report on fulfillment of recommendations/proposals sent to various bodies. The study encompasses not only statistical but also qualitative indicators, including fulfillment terms, facts of restoration of violated rights, effectiveness and results of conducted activities. Notwithstanding the fact that almost half (49%) of the recommendations/proposals have not been fulfilled, situation is still relatively better compared to the previous years.
You will also see a study of the Public Defender on socio-economic situation and legal rights of population of the village of Zardiaantkari of Gori Municipality; a report of the National Preventive Mechanism on a visit to Gldani establishment N8 of the Penitentiary Department; recommendations and proposals issued in January; information on meetings and other activities.
Given acuteness of the topic, a significant place is dedicated to the public debate “Ill-treatment in penitentiary establishments – how adequate is the state response”. You will see opinions and views, as well as search for ways to solve the problem.
It should be noted that the information bulletin was launched a year ago, in January and it is prepared with the financial support of the EU project “Support to Public Defender’s Office”.