FIDH and the HRIDC consider the release of political prisoners in Georgia to be a step forward in the process of restoring justice. However, our organisations call attention to the fact that a number of current prison inmates claim that they too have been jailed for political reasons.
FIDH and the HRIDC call upon the Georgian authorities to:
- Establish a Special Commission to study the cases of those political prisoners released before the Amnesty Law on Political Prisoners and grant them the relevant status essential to their rehabilitation;
- Further investigate cases of alleged political prisoners;
- Further reform the judicial system to avoid further cases of political prisoners; and
- Comply fully with the international and regional human rights instruments ratified by Georgia, in particular the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights.