n Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - The Republic of Georgia's fight against torture : a model for emerging democracies




Following the peaceful Rose Revolution in November 2003, the Republic of Georgia has become an emerging and developing democracy, seeking to strengthen its political and economic ties to Western Europe and the United States. With these new objectives have come new pressures and requirements to improve human rights and political freedom in Georgia, particularly in the effort to eliminate torture as a means of extracting confessions from pre-trial detainees. In the context of the international laws and agreements against torture, this Article discusses the Georgian model of anti-torture reform, illustrating the deep distrust Georgians have of their law enforcement officials and outlining the international community's criticism of the new government's commitment to combat torture and abuse in detention facilities. Drawing on his experience in assisting the Georgian government in drafting legislation and implementing reform of the criminal justice system in Georgia, Jason D. Reichelt sets forth a series of practical recommendations for further reform to not only advance the cause of eliminating torture in Georgia, but assist in the creation of a more fair, just, and transparent criminal justice system, ultimately concluding that the Republic of Georgia may soon become a model for emerging democracies everywhere in the fight against torture.


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