Statement of the Georgian Foreign Ministry regarding Juan Méndez’s report

The Georgian Foreign Ministry welcomed the 6 November 2015 report by United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan Méndez. The report was prepared after the visit of the Special Rapporteur to Georgia.

Juan Méndez conducted a visit to Georgia at the invitation of the Government from 12 to 19 March 2015, during which he held meetings with the representatives of legislative, executive and judicial branches and visited temporary detention isolators and penitentiaries.  

The Special Rapporteur noted a drastic change in the situation since the parliamentary elections held on 1 October 2012, and welcomes the clear signal sent by the Government of its commitment to give a high priority to the fight against torture, ill-treatment and inappropriate conditions of detention.

The Special Rapporteur also attempted to visit the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia; the authorities that exercise de facto control over these regions, however, either denied him access from the territory controlled by the central government of Georgia or did not respond to his requests.

Attaching particular importance to the recommendations given in the report, Georgia’s Government will insure their most appropriate fulfilment.  

The United Nations Special Rapporteur received open invitations from the Government of Georgia in 2010.  

The United Nations Special Rapporteur's Report