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Georgia - OPCAT Situation

Updated 31.07.2017

Georgia ratified the OPCAT in 2005 and designated the Public Defender’s Office as NPM through amendments to its founding legislation in July 2009.

The decision was reached after a series of roundtables, concluded with the adoption of the proposal advanced by the Ministry of Justice. Some amendments were brought to the Ombudsperson's founding legislation to grant the institution additional powers according to the OPCAT.

A NPM Unit was created within the Public Defender's Office, assisted by the Special Preventive Group composed of independent experts drawn from civil society and advised by an Advisory Council. 

The SPT member Victor Zaharia is the SPT Focal Point for Georgia.

Opcat status
OPCAT Ratification August 9, 2005
UNCAT Ratification November 11, 1993
NPM Designated

Public Defender

NPM Type

Ombuds Institution

NPM Legal Framework

Organic Law on Georgia Public Defender (13 June 1996) and its amendments

Population 4 661 473
Area (sq km) 69 700
Number of prisons 17
Prison population 23 227
Quick links

Communication to the SPT: Official Correspondence from Georgia (24 October 2008) and Official Correspondence (28 October 2009)

CAT: Concluding Observations (May 2006)

UPR: Report of the Working Group (March 2011) and Annual Report on Monitoring of Children's homes (2010), brought to the attention of the UPR

SRT: Report (February 2005)

CPT: Visit Report (December 2014) and Response by the Georgian Government

Commissioner on Human Rights (Council of Europe): Report (April 2011)