A comment by the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks

Published in World
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 19:08

I am appalled by what happened to Afgan Mukhtarli, an Azerbaijani journalist and activist, who has reportedly been abducted in Georgia and forcibly taken to Azerbaijan, where he is now facing prosecution for illegal crossing of the border and smuggling. Mr. Mukhtarli had been living in Georgia since 2015, when he left Azerbaijan to escape the government’s repression of critical voices.

According to his lawyer, Mr Mukhtarli affirms that money was put in his pocket by his abductors and alleges that they also ill-treated him. These are very serious allegations that require the utmost attention and urgent reaction by the Georgian authorities, which should carry out an effective, rapid and independent investigation into the events and take the necessary measures to act upon the results of the enquiry. In the meantime, Azerbaijan’s authorities must release Mr Mukhtarli without delay and ensure that he fully enjoys his human rights, including the protection from torture and ill-treatment.

Eka Beselia to attend PACE Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 11:55

On May 18-19, Belgrade hosts the PACE Legal Affairs and Human Rights Committee sitting to be attended by the Chair of the Legal Issues Committee, Eka Beselia.
The agenda includes: report on Implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights, Fighting organized crime by facilitating the confiscation of illegal assets, democratic approach to the issues of governance in European multinational States, proportionality issues concerning derogations under Article 15 of the European Convention on Human Rights and strengthening international regulations against trade in goods used for torture and the death penalty.
Eka Beselia will deliver the report on the issues considered at the Venice Commission Democratic Election Council sitting on “New Threats of Rule of Law in CoE member States”The Committee sitting will as well be attended by the Head of Serbian Delegation to PACE and officials of Ministry of Justice of Serbia.

The sitting of the Human Rights and Civil Integration Committee

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Friday, 28 April 2017 15:55

The Committee considered the draft on Rule of Expropriation for Necessary Public Needs introduced by the Parliamentary Secretary of the Government, Shalva Tadumadze.
The draft aims at improvement of the legislation to expropriation related procedures transparent, to determine fair balance between public interests and interests of individuals, to improve legal regulations, make enforcement of law effective and clarify compensation guarantees to remunerate appropriated property and to allow use of property according to public needs. The authors considered the legislative regulations of developed countries and experience of Macedonia, Austria and Czech Republic into account.
“We also considered expropriation related models of Great Britain and Germany taking the peculiarities for Georgia into account”, - he stated. The Committee considered the draft by Human Rights Protection Center on Tax Code, introduced by the lawyer, Eka Lomidze. The draft concerns necessity to suspend penalty for liability within imprisonment period. “We advocate the convicts who held the entrepreneurial activity and fail to repay the liabilities since conviction entailing accrual of penalties during years”. The Committee Staff considers the idea noble but the offered changes will entail other accompanying processes, which cannot be justified. 
According to Anri Okhanashvili, the issue is interesting. “We can consider some preferences and make the law more human, though here we speak about the number of issues and nuances that shall be better clarified and stipulated”.
According to the Chair, Gedevan Popkhadze, similar initiative in the preceding Parliament was submitted by the National Forum but the Governmental position was that it would put the parties in unequal conditions. “The Committee conclusion provides that the idea is noble but the draft with offered formulation cannot be supported by the Committee”, - he stated.

 

 

The report by the Government on Human Rights Protection Action Plan Implementation

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 13:05

The Head of the Human Rights Secretariat of the Governmental Administration, Natalia Jaliashvili introduced the report on human rights protection action plan and progress for the account period to the Human Rights and Civil Integration CommitteeAccording to the Chair, Sofo Kiladze, this report is important in terms of enhancement of Parliamentary oversight and is the historical fact as it is the first time when the Parliament hears the report. The sitting was attended by the international expert, Maggie Nicholson, developing the expert examination regarding the action plan report for 2016-2017. “The document developed by international expert provides achievements and challenges. It will be one of the basis for us to re-realize the challenges we encounter to further increase human rights protection standards”, - S. Kiladze stated.
As noted, the 300-page report was developed by the Government, responsible Ministries, CEC members, PDP Inspector, Prosecutor’s Office, LEPL Legal Aid Service, legislative and judicial authorities. The report was coordinated by the Human Rights Secretariat of the Governmental Administration.
As N. Jaliashvili stated, the national strategy on human rights was endorsed in 2014 and covers 2014-2020. Since, Georgia has achieved significant progress in this direction, which is recognized by international organizations and international partners. She outlined main directions of progress and democratic reforming: fundamental reform of penitential system; criminal reform; annulment of multiplication principle; system revision of Administrative Code; enactment of Juvenile Justice Code; judicial reform; law-enforcement system reform; creation of guarantees for rally and manifestations; personal data protection; set up of PDP Inspector Office; creation of property right guarantees; enactment of anti-discrimination law; freedom of media; digital broadcasting; fair elections.
She touched upon next action plan. “We will ensure involvement of persons concerned and maintain inclusive process tradition. We will be guided under the recommendations by Public Defender, NGOs and international organizations, as well as international experts in this process. The document by M. Nicholson will serve as one of the defining studies that we can call cartography of human rights protection as of time being for Georgia”. The role of the Parliament will be particularly important in terms of monitoring of strategy implementation.
According to the Vice-Speaker, Tamar Chugoshvili, the presentation of the report is of utmost importance. “I am glad to witness this event. This process is particularly important for me due to the natural reasons. In 2014, I and Ms. Jaliashvili started development of the strategy and action plan. It was the first case when Georgian Government developed the uniform human rights policy. The Parliament defined the main approaches and directions for the upcoming years. Besides, it was the first time when the Government developed the report on provision of higher human rights protection standards and submitted the report to the Parliament. I believe, it is the important step forward in terms that the state for the first time started speaking about human rights as the part of the state policy and reported to the Parliament”.
According to the expert M. Nicholson, the action plan strategy is a perspective document that Georgia can be proud of. “In the shortest period, Georgia has achieved significant progress. I had a positive impression to see the highest commitment for implementation of the strategy. The Government takes significant efforts to realize the strategy in practice”.
She introduced the genera; recommendations and conclusions. The report by the expert provides estimation of the achievements and outlines the priorities for each sphere. It would be preferable for the Government and Parliament to re-confirm the obligations that the human rights based approach shall be applied upon development of policy. “It means that all the Committees shall consider the drafts in terms of human rights and gradually inculcate human rights based approach into any sector of planning”. As she noted, national strategy is an important document to serve the desk book for public servants.

According to Anri Okhanashvili, “the most important document indicates to the processes scheduled by the Government in terms of transparency of processes”.

Consideration of the Study on Application of the Standards of European Convention on Human Rights by the Common Courts

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Thursday, 06 April 2017 11:20

In view of consideration of the standards of application of the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights by the Common Courts of Georgia, the Supreme Court hosted the meetingThe legislative and executive officials, the Head of the CoE Office, representatives of the Courts, Public Defender Office, lawyers and NGOs on human rights were cognizant with the results of the CoE and EU study.
The Chair of the Human Rights and Civil Integration CommitteeSofo Kiladze addressed the attendees, speaking about importance of enforcement of the European Convention and the Court decisions and the steps to be made by the state for implementation thereof. “The role of the decisions of the Court and the European Convention on Human Rights is undoubtedly important not only for human rights protection but for democratic construction and EU and NATO integration. Naturally, we encounter challenges in this process and try jointly to deal with them. One of the directions of the Human Rights Committee is development of the mechanisms of institutional guarantees of human rights and hence, this issue is of utmost importance for us to further development the decisions of the Strasbourg Court and Convention Provisions on the institutional level”.
The Head of CoE OfficeCristian Urse estimated the meeting and stated that it concerns the presentation of two studies on application and implementation of the European Convention. The similar meeting was held in last April and it has become the tradition. “It is important to maintain high expectations towards harmonization of Georgian judicial practice with ECHR. The joint project of CoE and EU aims at facilitation to provision of fundamental rights of the citizens of Georgia and for the Judges, Prosecutors and lawyers in their routine activity”.
The meeting was held within the CoE and EU joint project “Application of the European Convention on Human Rights in Georgia and Compliance of the National Legislation with European Judicial Practice”, being the part of the EaP Program Cooperation Frame.

Consideration of the Study on Application of the Standards of European Convention on Human Rights by the Common Courts

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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 15:25

In view of consideration of the standards of application of the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights by the Common Courts of Georgia, the Supreme Court hosted the meeting.
The legislative and executive officials, the Head of the CoE Office, representatives of the Courts, Public Defender Office, lawyers and NGOs on human rights were cognizant with the results of the CoE and EU study.
The Chair of the Human Rights and Civil Integration CommitteeSofo Kiladze addressed the attendees, speaking about importance of enforcement of the European Convention and the Court decisions and the steps to be made by the state for implementation thereof. “The role of the decisions of the Court and the European Convention on Human Rights is undoubtedly important not only for human rights protection but for democratic construction and EU and NATO integration. Naturally, we encounter challenges in this process and try jointly to deal with them. One of the directions of the Human Rights Committee is development of the mechanisms of institutional guarantees of human rights and hence, this issue is of utmost importance for us to further development the decisions of the Strasbourg Court and Convention Provisions on the institutional level”.
The Head of CoE OfficeCristian Urse estimated the meeting and stated that it concerns the presentation of two studies on application and implementation of the European Convention. The similar meeting was held in last April and it has become the tradition. “It is important to maintain high expectations towards harmonization of Georgian judicial practice with ECHR. The joint project of CoE and EU aims at facilitation to provision of fundamental rights of the citizens of Georgia and for the Judges, Prosecutors and lawyers in their routine activity”.
The meeting was held within the CoE and EU joint project “Application of the European Convention on Human Rights in Georgia and Compliance of the National Legislation with European Judicial Practice”, being the part of the EaP Program Cooperation Frame.

International Conference “Role of Parliament of Georgia in Implementation of Standards of the European Convention on Human Rights

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Friday, 17 March 2017 15:50
Borjomi hosts the international conference “Role of Parliament of Georgia in Implementation of Standards of the European Convention on Human Rights” organized by CoE and Legal Issues Committee of Parliament. The Chair of the Legal Issues Committee, the PACE member, Eka Beselia opened the conference. It is the second time, she stated that Georgia hosts the forum dedicated to the role of the Parliaments, including Georgian Parliament in implementation of European Human Rights Convention. “We have developed the most important changes during the last 2 years, reflected in the law. We have already introduced the new regulations in the Rules of Procedure adopted in the end of 2016. The changes were initiated by the Human Rights Committee I chaired. We have already provided that the Parliament implements the active oversight function on enforcement of ECHR decisions. Enactment of the new standards started in the new Parliament”. Best experience of some European countries would be preferable to be shared. “This conference is a good opportunity for us to see the role of the National Parliament in enforcement process with a new perspective and to undertake joint efforts to improve these standards”. The Chair of the Supreme Court, Nino Gvenetadze, the Chair of the Constitutional Court, Zaza Tavadze, the Chair of the Committee of Election of Judges of the ECHR, the Member of Latvian Parliament and the CoE Tbilisi Office representative, Cristian Urse addressed the attendees. According to N. Gvenetadze, conference agenda issues are important for Georgian Common Courts and judicial system. “I would like to wish successful accomplishment of the meeting which is so important for Georgian Common Courts and judicial system as the practice of European Court, decisions of Case Courts and application thereof on national legislation level is one of the main issues of judicial strategy and future 5-point action plan”. According to Z. Tavadze, Constitutional jurisdiction of Georgia is the sphere echoing the essence of ECHR and often applying Strasbourg Court practice. “I would like to underline that the Constitutional Court always granted the high importance to ECHR practice”. According to Latvian MP, the issue is important not only for Georgia but for all European Parliaments. “Georgia has achieved significant progress in terms of implementation of the Convention on the national level and this event evidences that Georgia further continues aspiration to progress”. CoE Tbilisi Office representative, C. Urse noted that Tbilisi Office is in close cooperation with the Legal Issues and the Human Rights Committees. The Committees strive to enhance opportunities of oversight of enforcement of Strasbourg Court decisions. “Of course, we can grant additional motive to our cooperation in order to consolidate and enhance it”. Tamar Chugoshvili, the First Deputy Chairperson will preside the session “Role of National Parliament in Implementation of European Convention on Human Rights”. E. Beselia will introduce the reform of the Parliament, covering establishment of effective oversight mechanisms of enforcement of European convention. The conference is participated by MPs and experts. According to E. Beselia, Georgia is the leader of the region amongst EaP states in terms of implementation of Parliamentary oversight. “I am glad that it is the second time Georgia hosts the international forum, organized by PACE and supported by our Committee. Enhancement of Parliamentary oversight in terms of European convention enforcement and application thereof in judicial system is the topic being valuable and paramount for us. Georgia is the leader in the region and amongst EaP states, implementing the Parliamentary oversight mechanisms, including on enforcement of ECHR decisions. We are a successful model of rapid adoption of legislative changes”.

The sitting of the Human Rights and Civil Integration Committee

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 17:26
The Committee heard the report on Personal Data Protection State and PDP Inspector Activity for 2016, introduced by the PDP Inspector, Tamar Kaldani. She spoke about main tendencies and statistical data. Number of appeals for consultations has increased three times compared to last year and the number of applications two times.“In fact, the number of inspections has doubled as in public so in private sector”. 221 offenses were detected, 63 organizations were fined, 35 organizations were warned and 202 instructions and recommendations were issued for improvement of standards. The greatest part of the report concerns the data processing basis and principles. There is the progress in the part of basis explained with the fact that more private and public organizations identify the basis for data processing. “The changes have been implemented on the legislative level, creating the legal base. The part of approval reveals improvement as well, though the report demonstrates that we still encounter data processing principle problems”. She spoke about internet banking data protection, involvement in legislative activity and close cooperation with the Parliament. As T. Kaldani stated, despite of progress, the gaps remain and PDP Inspection will further strive to eliminate them. The PDP Inspection intends to develop the strategy for public relations to be based on EU and UNDP surveys and aiming at the opinion polls countrywide.

The sitting of the Human Rights and Civil Integration Committee

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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 14:55
The Committee supported with the I reading the draft on Environmental Estimation Code and accompanying drafts, introduced by the Deputy-Environmental Minister, Maia Bitadze. The drafts are entailed with EUAA obligations and envisage new approaches and mechanisms. M. Bitadze spoke about harmonization with EU legislation and emphasized three main directions: compliance of the national legislation on environmental estimation with EU directives; establishment of strategic environmental and trans-border environmental impact estimation procedures; and social participation in decision-making. The number of public considerations and discussions has been held regarding the draft with participation of the experts, specialists and civil society. M. Bitadze spoke about the technical and essential changes and the expected outcomes entailed with implementation of the draft. The MPs will consider the draft at the plenary session.

The second round of the Working Group meetings of the State Constitutional Commission

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 16:33
The SCC Working Group on Fundamental Human Rights and Freedoms, Judicial Authority, Preamble and the General and Transitional Provisions of the Constitution held the second round meeting. The Chair of the SCC, Mr. Irakli Kobakhidze elucidated the regulations of the working regime and spoke about the procedures on second round activities. “Two weeks ago we accomplished the first round of consultations and now we are to start the second round to consider the editions introduced, developed according to the proposals by the working group members. Deriving that we have multitude of the proposals and naturally all cannot be reflected in the new edition even in capacity of alternative, the editorial group had to develop all of them at some extent, though today we have another opportunity to resume to all the initiatives and on hereof basis to share each Articles”. He informed the group about the consultations with the ruling party and noted that according to the SCC member appeals, the positions of the Majority at working group meetings will become possible, though the opinions will not be binding. “Based on the appeal of the Commission members, we held the meeting to share the positions of the ruling party. Correspondingly, today we are able to express our opinions on individual articles and chapters. Naturally, these opinions are not binding regardless the ruling party has available resources to unanimously pass the law in the Parliament despite that all the issues are open for discussions”. The meeting continued with consideration of the editorial versions and alternatives.
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