Strasbourg, 16 June 2011 - The Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has published today the response of the Government of Georgia to the report on the CPT's most recent visit to that country, in February 2010. The response has been made public at the request of the Georgian authorities.
In its response, the Georgian Government describes the measures being taken to improve the situation in the light of the recommendations made by the CPT. For example, the Georgian authorities state that a Medical Department has been set up at the Ministry of Corrections and Legal Assistance with a view to preparing the transfer of responsibility for prison health-care to the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs by 2013.
The Georgian authorities also indicate in their response that the Asatiani Psychiatric Institute will be closed down by 1 July 2011, and patients allocated to various other psychiatric institutions offering satisfactory living conditions.
The report on the CPT's visit in February 2010 was published in September 2010.
The response of the Georgian authorities is available on the Committee's website: www.cpt.coe.int