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Inmate Abuse: A Video Account from the Country of Georgia

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© 2012 Human Rights Watch

The abuse captured in this footage is profoundly disturbing. The authorities need to ensure full accountability – including criminal accountability — for this abuse and take measures to prevent it from ever happening again.
Giorgi Gogia, senior Europe and Central Asia researcher

(Berlin) – Video footage broadcast on Georgian television on September 18, 2012, depicts sexual and other abuse of inmates in a notorious prison in Georgia, which should be subject to criminal investigation, Human Rights Watch said today. The government of Georgia should conduct a prompt, thorough, and independent investigation into the abuse, hold those found responsible accountable, and ensure the victims a remedy.

A Georgian corrections official stated publicly that the head of the penitentiary department has been dismissed as a result of the abuse and that several other officials have been arrested. Acts of a criminal nature, such as assault and including sexual assault, should be subject to criminal investigations and prosecutions, and not simply disciplinary sanctions, Human Rights Watch said.

“The abuse captured in this footage is profoundly disturbing,” said Giorgi Gogia, senior Europe and Central Asia researcher at Human Rights Watch. “The authorities need to ensure full accountability—including criminal accountability—for this abuse and take measures to prevent it from ever happening again.”

Human Rights Watch also said that those under suspicion for involvement in the abuse should be suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.

On September 18, the Interior Ministry issued a statement saying it had opened an investigation into ill-treatment in Gldani Prison No.8 against prisoners by “certain penitentiary department employees.” The statement included a link to video footage allegedly taken by one of the former employees of the prison administration depicting physical assault on prisoners by members of the prison administration.

That evening, a talk show on Maestro television station broadcast further video materials depicting Gldani prison officials beating, insulting, and humiliating newly arrived inmates at Gldani prison No. 8. Shortly afterward, another TV station, TV9, aired further video footage vividly and graphically depicting rape of prisoners by prison staff.

The Interior Ministry statement acknowledged the ill-treatment. However, it claimed that several prison officials video recorded the abuse as part of a “previously elaborated plot” by one of the inmates, who convinced several prison staff to carry it out in exchange for “substantial reimbursement.”

Inmate Abuse Video in Georgia

Georgia’s human rights ombudsman has often referred to Gldani Prison No. 8 as one of Georgia’s most problematic prison facilities. In the 2010 report (link at top of page), the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture said that former inmates of the Gldani prison alleged that staff had punched, kicked, and struck them with truncheons during the intake process and as punishment for such actions as talking loudly or attempting to communicate with prisoners from other cells. The report also said it found “an uncommon silence” by prisoners the committee met in the prison.

Georgian authorities have an obligation under international human rights law not only to effectively investigate all allegations of ill-treatment and torture, but to enforce criminal sanctions against those identified as criminally responsible, Human Rights Watch said. Victims of the abuse are also entitled to a legally enforceable remedy for their violations, Human Rights Watch said.

“Sexual assault on a detainee constitutes torture,” Gogia said. “The prohibition on torture is absolute, and the government should ensure that the justice is done.”

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3 Responses to Inmate Abuse: A Video Account from the Country of Georgia

  1. Brian Anthony Morris September 27, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

    The Florida Postconviction Legal Aid Organization is interested in knowing about any abuse of Florida prisoners so that it can be published in its FPLP monthly newsletter. For more information about the Florida Postconviction Legal Aid Organization, visit myfplp.org

  2. Gary December 22, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    I am a cop in a large city. I often considered what would haeppn if the War on Drugs was called to an end. I can say I am probably in favor to ending it. That would make my job alot easier, thank you very much. Most cops get into trouble with the WoD. Chases, fights, injuries, shootings, complaints, lawsuits, imagined or real civil rights violations all stem from the WoD. With legal drugs, maybe cops too can smoke a joint and see what the hub bub is all about.However, deep down a cease fire will not solve the underlining problems. To legalize drugs means that accuiring drugs will be easier and probably incorporated in some way by Big Business, imagine a “CrackMart ™”. The Govt will probably have to issue licenses and regulate the “quality” of the narcotics to keep people high, not dead. To ensure profits, the pols and CrackMart will link up locking down the lic and reg’ing of the trade to themselves. However, many aggressive people rely on drug sales to financially compensate their lower social-economic status. These people will not just go away and “get a job”. These people do not fear death or jail. They will continue to sell on the street trying to undercut CrackMart, an extra dollar is still an extra dollar. The police will continue to chase them around, but now in the name of CrackMart. Addicts will still be addicts. They will still rob, steal and burgalize other people for money to feed their addiction. Not much will change.

    • PrisonPath December 22, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

      Hi Gary,

      Your view of the issue is very interesting. I still think that legalization of marijuana would make the WOD easier and certainly reduce the prison population.

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