EU President responds to Georgian NGO's letter

Georgia Materials 14 May 2011 11:33 (UTC +04:00)

Georgia, Tbilisi, May 14/ Trend, N. Kirtskhalia /

Leader of the Public Movement Solidarity with illegal Prisoners Eka Beselia received a letter from the European Union President, which she sees as José Manuel Barroso's support to the Georgian non-governmental human rights organizations, including the movement she chairs.

The EU President regularly familiarizes himself with the sent information about violations of prisoners' rights, illegal detainees, illegal arrest and use of police force against civil protesters, Beselia said at a briefing on Friday.

She said Barroso's letter underlines that the EU attaches great importance to the rule of law and support to the democratic processes. The letter also reads that the European Union, given its financial assistance to Georgia in reforming the judicial system, attaches great attention to the study of specific cases.

Beselia believes that this letter is an important confirmation of the fact that the international community and the EU openly support the human rights processes in Georgia.

"When it comes to abuse of force by police and illegal arrests, all of these facts should be sent to the European Union," Beselia underscored.

She said the European Union provides great financial assistance to Georgia, therefore, the human rights activists should regularly send objective information to the organization.

"This letter means that we are not alone in their struggle for human rights. Our allies in this struggle are first and foremost our people, and then international organizations. It must surely yield its results, if we have such allies".