Moscow expects international entities to evaluate torture of Georgian prisoners

Moscow hopes international and European entities counteracting torture will evaluate the abuse of prisoners in Georgia, Russian Foreign Ministry Representative for Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law Konstantin Dolgov said in a commentary published by the ministry website on Monday.

"We expect the abuse in the Georgian penitentiary system to become the subject of a thorough and unbiased inquiry and the culprits to be punished," he said.

"We also expect the UN Committee against Torture and the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment to evaluate those cases," the diplomat said.

Moscow is concerned about the flagrant violations of prisoner rights exposed in Georgia, Dolgov said.

"The shocking videos of torture at the 8th Gldani prison of Tbilisi shown by the media makes one think again about the ability of Georgian authorities to guarantee the observation of human rights and the rule of law," he said.

"There is also a logical question of how these episodes fit the human rights commitments of Georgia, including the commitments deriving from the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment," the diplomat said.

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