Special Investigation Service launches Section for Victims Rights Protection

Koka Katsitadze, the head of the Service, on Wednesday presented the initiative to NGOs, Public Defender’s Office. Photo: Special Investigation Service press office 

Agenda.ge, 22 Feb 2023 - 12:07, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia’s Special Investigation Service, an agency probing abuse of power at institutions, on Wednesday announced the creation of its Section for Protection of the Rights of Victims. 

The agency said the unit would facilitate “effective implementation” of its special protection programme launched last year to ensure safety of victims, and would ensure “additional guarantees” for the protection of the rights of potential victims.

The Service noted the new structure was also expected to facilitate the fulfilment of recommendations issued by the European Court of Human Rights “more effectively”. 

The Special Investigation Service discussed the forthcoming structure with interested parties on Wednesday. Photo: Special Investigation Service 

Koka Katsitadze, the head of the Service, on Wednesday presented the initiative to representatives of the country’s Public Defender's Office and non-governmental organisations for further discussion and recommendations. 

The meeting came with the support of the joint initiative Human Rights for All - Phase 2 of the European Union, the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. 

Launched along with the Personal Data Protection Service, the Special Investigation Service replaced the State Inspector Service - which combined the responsibilities of the two offices before the ruling Georgian Dream party proposed its abolishment in December 2021.

The new institution has been in operation since March 2022 in a bid to “further strengthen personal data protection and ensure more effective investigation of alleged cases of abuse of power”.