EU and Council of Europe continue support to improve human rights and healthcare in Georgia's prisons (19/05/2016)

On 18 May 2016, the second phase of the successful project “Human Rights and Healthcare in Prisons and Other Closed Institutions in Georgia II” was launched at the Rooms Hotel in Tbilisi.

The EU-funded project will continue to strengthen human rights of people in prisons, police detention and other facilities and improving access to healthcare including mental health.

Over the next 18 months, the project will tackle three main challenges for prisons, police detention and psychiatric facilities in Georgia:
• access to adequate health care;
• protecting human rights of persons in need of psychiatric care and preventing ill-treatment;
• strengthening internal and external oversight mechanisms.

Through this project the Council of Europe will continue to support the Georgian Authorities to reinforce results achieved during the first phase of the project aiming at better protection of human rights and further improvement of healthcare in closed institutions.   

The project was launched with a meeting of a so-called steering committee, which is the project’s decision-making body, composed of the Ministry of Corrections, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Labour and Health, Ministry of Justice, Chief Prosecutor’s Office and Public Defender’s Office. Its role is to closely monitor the project’s progress, discuss any strategic adjustments needed in the course of action and adopt work plans for the forthcoming implementation period.
The project is financed by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe under the Programmatic Cooperation Framework for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus.

For more information about the project please contact:
Gvantsa Gedenidze, project assistant at the Council of Europe office in Georgia, Gvantsa.GEDENIDZE@coe.int, Tel. +995 322 913870/71/72/73