FIDH calls EU to check presence of political prisoners in Georgia
Georgia, Tbilisi, Jul.30 / Trend N. Kirtzkhalia /
The international organizations have already confessed the fact of presence of political prisoners in Georgia. The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) issued a report, which clearly indicates the existence of political prisoners in Georgia, the non governmental organization Center for Human Rights said.
The organization considers Nora Kvitsiani (sister of Emzara Kvitsiani, former president authorized in the Kodori gorge), Zhoni Zhikia, Revaz Kldiashvili, Shalva Ramishvili, Maya Topuria (the individuals arrested together with her), Demura Antiya, Omar Kutsnashvili and Merab Ratishvili as political prisoners.
So far, none of international organizations has confirmed the existence of political prisoners in Georgia, the Center for Human Rights said.
The FIDH was in Georgia since Feb.19-25. Representatives of organizations held several meetings and recorded interviews.
There are political prisoners in Georgia, the report said. The report does not include the names of prisoners. However, the organization aims to strengthen this assessment. It is clear those political opponents of the authorities, financiers and influential people, who are connected with the opposition, were arrested and convicted on the basis of fully or partially false accusations. They most frequently used charges of illegal possession of weapons and drug possession, as well as attempting to overthrow the government, the report said.
The FIDH report does not prove the innocence of all prisoners. However their arrest, if not entirely, at least in part, is motivated by political consideration, the report said.
The FIDH calls on the EU to send a group of independent experts which will study cases of alleged political prisoners and express its view on the matter.
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