This English translation of a statement we released on September 23 in Georgian was published on September 25.
TI Georgia: Photographer’s account of prison abuse highlights need for full and impartial investigation
The account of Giorgi Abdaladze, one of the four photographers who were arrested in July 2011 and charged with espionage for Russia, sheds more light on the systematic structure of psychological pressure and abuse of inmates in Georgia’s peni
In the past several days, NGOs called for the resignation of the Minister of Internal Affairs, the Minister of Justice, and the Chief Prosecutor of Georgia, together with other demands.
We would like to respond to the statement made by the President of Georgia on September 19, regarding the video evidence of torture and inhuman treatment of prisoners in Georgian penitentiary institutions.
The signatory NGOs condemn the practice of torture and inhuman treatment in the prison system, and demand an immediate investigation into this problem by the political authorities.
TI Georgia has developed a new wiki website: www.transparency.ge/candidates which serves as a space for Georgian citizens to learn more about politicians running against each other for 73 majoritarian seats in Parliament at the beginning of October.
About an hour ago TV9 reported a new and very disturbing piece of footage which shows inmates being tortured in Gldani Prison #8.
Transparency International Georgia expresses its concern about video footage which emerged on the internet on September 18, 2012, which shows prisoners being tortured. From the footage it is clear that some Georgian as well as international norms have been violated, including: