Mother of all Prisons … Unwieldy Position in Europe
26 January, 2012
Mother of all Prisons … Unwieldy Position in Europe

Georgia leads Europe and holds the fourth place in the world by the number of prisoners

According to official figures, from February 2006 till today over 650 prisoners died in various places of detention in Georgia. Despite numerous recommendations of international organizations to the Government of Georgia to abandon its infamous principle of zero tolerance, the situation actually worsens and there is still no indication that the criminal prosecution will be liberalized. The number of prisoners continues

to grow exponentially. According to the British organization International Center for Prison Studies, Georgia maintains the leading position in Europe and holds the fourth place in the world by the number of prisoners per 100 thousand inhabitants. In comparison, our neighbor Azerbaijan is only 54th in the list, while Armenia stands much “behind” with its 89th position. We outpace all the non-democratic and totalitarian states in this regard.

 

Before the Rose Revolution, i.e. in 2003, among 155 countries Georgia was only  in the 59th place with 148 prisoners per 100 thousand inhabitants. However, In 2011 it came out as number four in the world of 216 countries with 539 prisoners per 100 thousand inhabitants.

Dimitri Lortkipanidze, Deputy Chair of the Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights: “I have all the grounds to suspect that the statistics published by the International Center for Prison Studies does not give a full picture. The rating is based on the data furnished by the official structures of Georgia. Hence, the data most certainly employ official figures, which specify the number of Georgian population, as a surreal 4,490 thousand. I wonder where the Georgian Authorities get such figures. They find excuses such as scantiness of financial resources in the attempts to postpone the national census which is overdue. As for the financial aspect, the national population census of any country is funded by the United Nations.

Everybody knows that the population of Georgia is not 4,490 thousand. This figure is the overstated presentation of the reality. Accordingly, the number of prisoners per 100 thousand inhabitants will be even higher than 539, arguably putting our country on top of the international listing. Nevertheless, the country witnesses the unrelenting drive for new prisoners. For instance, the Authorities are building a huge detention center in Laituri village of Ozurgeti district (West Georgia) to accommodate no less than 4500 inmates! This goes to show that the Authorities would not falter in pursuit of power consolidation. Actually, they crammed so many people into prisons that their doors and windows cannot hold the inmates and they are bursting!

Unhealthy conditions turn inmates into the sick and frail persons en mass. Death of prisoners or their permanent disability is a tragedy for him and his family. Is not it? It creates a lingering demographic problem. The death rates of Georgian prisoners from 2006 onwards are mind-boggling. From February 2006 to June 2011, four walls of Georgian prison cells proved to be final destination for 590 inmates. By now, this figure has grown to 650. Over 40% of them are aged between 21 and 40. Hence, we are facing a horrible reality.

Manfred Melak, former Chairman of the Central UN Commission on Torture and Inhumane Treatment of Prisoners decided to conduct an international monitoring in Georgia. It was supposed to be 3-year long process code named Atlas of Torture. I met Manfred Melak in June 2011. He was trying to persuade me that high ranking officials of the Justice Ministry were backing the project. However, I remained skeptical. Eventually it turned out that I was right. In two weeks after the departure of Melak from Georgia, he received a letter from Tina Burjaliani, which read that Georgia was rejecting the project on the grounds that the country had been successfully fulfilling (?!) all the commitments it assumed in front of the Council of Europe (CoE). In reality, dozens of recommendations of the CoE Committee of Ministers to Georgia to investigate mysterious deaths of inmates in Georgian prisons have been permanently falling on deaf ears.”

Print
Other Stories
Georgian Orthodox Cathedral to be built in Cyprus
President of Cyprus has visited Georgian president Salome Zurabishvili at the presidential palace. Number of agreements has been achieved between the two sides.
“Chakrulo” performed at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe opened with the Georgian polyphonic folk song Chakrulo,
Zurab Zhvania's star opened in front of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg
Zurab Zhvania's star has been opened in front of the Council of Europe Palace in Strasbourg.
Bidzina Ivanishvili addresses the people, experts, politicians answer
Bidzina Ivanishvili, the Chairman of the Georgian Dream party, gave an interview to Imedi TV, where he spoke about problems facing the country and his party.
Zurab Zhvania's star to be opened in front of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg
Zurab Zhvania's star will be opened in front of the Council of Europe Palace in Strasbourg.
Bidzina Ivanishvili releases open letter
Bidzina Ivanishvili, chairman of the Georgian Dream party, has released an open letter.
Brexit opens EU's door to Georgia, Salome Zourabichvili says
“There is a logic that the country that has been steadily moving toward
Direct flights may be launched between US and Georgia
We are working to ensure that flights between America and Georgia are timely launched,
Bidzina Ivanishvili will finance Zviad Gamsakhurdia’s Museum in Khibula
The Government of Georgia set up a special commission
Jens Stoltenberg speaks about perspectives of Georgia’s NATO membership, furthering relations
The Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg has recently visited Georgia
Georgia to allow sex education lessons at schools
Sex education lessons will be allowed only with the consent of parents
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg arrives in Tbilisi
The NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, has arrived in Tbilisi.
Mikheil Saakashvili is a man without principles, says Ukrainian MIA Arsen Avakov
"Mikheil Saakashvili is a man without principles” – said Avakov in the interview.
President should not visit TV studios - Georgian president Salome Zurabishvili is in hot water again
President of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili often finds herself in hot water.
“NATO-Georgia Exercise 2019” begins
“NATO-Georgia Exercise 2019” was officially opened at the Georgian Ministry of Defence "Army Hall" in Tbilisi.
Military Importance of Anaklia Port
Deep-sea ports allow large vessels and naval ships to anchor on shore…
There is peace in Khurvaleti and no armed persons have arrived from the occupied territory, say villagers
According to an InterPressNews correspondent, who managed to arrive in the village of Khurvaleti about an hour ago, locals have gathered in the center of the village.
Georgian State Security Service denies presence of Russian soldiers on Georgian controlled territory
State Security Service of Georgia denies reports about the presence of representatives of the occupation regime
US’ 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices about Georgia
While the constitution and law prohibit torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment there were reports government officials employed them
Salome Zourabichvili meets with her Armenian counterpart
As part of her official visit to Armenia, President Salome Zourabichvili held a meeting with President Armen Sarkissian.
Georgia will use all mechanisms to establish objective circumstances of death of 29 year old Georgian in Abkhazia
29 year old Irakli Kvaratskhelia committed suicide on March 12th after he had been detained by de-facto Abkhazian authorities.
Embassies of Georgia will open in the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam
Embassies of Georgia will open in the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam,
Mamuka Khazaradze's exclusive interview: "I can't rule out the possibility of my detention"
Mamuka Khazaradze, one of the founders of TBC Bank has recently given an exclusive interview to the Kviris Palitra newspaper.
Giovanni Morra Passport Covers for Ukraine: “7% of my country is occupied by Russia”
Giovanni Morra, men’s handmade accessories and gifts brand has recently unveiled a new passport cover
Irakli Gharibashvili makes political comeback as the Political Secretary of the Ruling party
Irakli Gharibashvili, former Prime Minister of Georgia, is returning to politics.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
GEL Exchange Rate
Convertor
20.04.2019
21.04.2019
USD
1
USD
2.6935
2.6935
EUR
1
EUR
3.0291
3.0291
GBP
1
GBP
3.5021
3.5021
RUB
100
RUB
4.2126
4.2126
Other Stories
On 26 May, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, joined celebrations in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi
Violation of Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity by Assad regime has been strictly criticized
Exactly one year ago, Georgia was granted visa-free travel with the European Union.
Georgia’s ex-president president Mikheil Saakashvili's supporters managed to free detained Mikheil Saakashvili in the center of Kiev.
The US Ambassador to Georgia Ian Kelly congratulates Georgia on Independence Day.
The regulations on the introduction of visa-free travel for citizens of Georgia have been officially signed in Brussels.
The entire Georgia is involved in Secret Santa game, which means that people are sending gifts to each other secretly
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia is taking part in NATO Ministerial underway in Brussels, Belgium.
A special squad has been mobilized at the 48th polling station in Marneuli, Kvemo Kartli region.
Two politicians in Georgia have come to blows during a live TV debate ahead of the country’s parliamentary elections, Euronews reports.
GEL Exchange
USD
1
USD
2.6935
EUR
1
EUR
3.0291
GBP
1
GBP
3.5021
RUB
100
RUB
4.2126
April 2019
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30