Inmate abuse in Georgia condemned by UN human rights officeListen /
Acts of torture and ill-treatment of inmates at a prison in Georgia have been condemned by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
This follows shocking videos which appeared on television in Georgia this week showing prisoners being physically and sexually assaulted, humiliated and verbally abused by prison officers.
Spokesperson Rupert Colville says there is an absolute prohibition against torture, as well as cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment under international human rights law.
"We condemn the acts of torture and ill-treatment perpetrated against inmates at a prison and a juvenile detention facility in Georgia that were exposed in at least four videos made public this week. We call on the Government to ensure that all allegations of such human rights violations – and not only the ones exposed in these videos – are promptly, impartially and effectively investigated and that perpetrators are brought to justice."
The UN human rights office has welcomed what it calls the "positive steps" taken by the Government so far, including the condemnation of the abuses by the President of Georgia.