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Competition for Selection of Candidates from Georgia to Be Submitted to the Relevant Bodies of the Council of Europe and the United Nations Has Been Announced

In the United Nations Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (SPT), the competitions for selection of candidates from Georgia to be submitted to the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) and the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE) of the Council of Europe have been announced. The indicated contests will be held in accordance with the rules of conducting the competition approved by the orders of the Minister of Justice of Georgia No. 848, No. 849 and No. 850 of July 27, 2022. The Minister of Justice of Georgia has been granted the authority to determine the rules and procedure for the selection of candidates from Georgia to be submitted to international courts, as well as to international organizations working on human rights and legal issues and their bodies, by the Resolution No. 234 of the Government of Georgia. It should be noted that before the adoption of this resolution, there was no unified approach to the rules and procedures for the selection of candidates; The purpose of granting this authority to the Minister of Justice is the effective and timely fulfillment of the international obligations before Georgia, the selection and presentation of a candidate in the above-mentioned bodies impartially and in accordance with international standards. The participation of representatives of thematic agencies is considered in the composition of the candidate selection commission.

Candidates selected and nominated by the Georgian quota will act individually, independently and impartially in the above-mentioned bodies within the framework of their activities. Competition requirements are placed at the following links:

- Candidate for membership of the Council of Europe's European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) - https:/www.hr.gov.ge/JobProvider/UserOrgVaks/Details/72655?active=1 ;

- Candidate for the membership of the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE) of the Council of Europe- https://www.hr.gov.ge/JobProvider/UserOrgVaks/Details/72722?active=1 ;

- Candidate for membership of the United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (SPT) - https://www.hr.gov.ge/JobProvider/UserOrgVaks/Details/72654?active=1.

In the near future, additional selection contests will be announced for the nomination of candidates to those international bodies where the deadline for the nomination of a candidate from Georgia is approaching.

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Minister of Justice and His Deputies Hold a Public Lecture on Protection of Georgian Sovereignty by Legal Means at the National Defense Academy of Georgia

The meeting of the Minister of Justice and his deputies with the cadets of the Davit Agmashenebeli Georgian National Defense Academy in Gori was dedicated to the August war. Rector of the academy, General Mamia Balakhadze, was also present at the event.

Gori is one of the cities that suffered the most from the Russian aggression 14 years ago. It was Iskander missile that fell in Gori and became the "Golden Evidence" which won a historic victory of Georgia in the Strasburg Court. The Ministry of Justice presented 15 witnesses to the International Court, residents of different villages, who have suffered the misfortune of the war, including mothers who have lost their children.

Soldiers who died as a result of the Russian aggression in 2008, soldiers who lost their comrades in the war; Victims who testified before the International Court; And the state together is the force that was able to confirm in Strasbourg the fact of Russia's occupation of Georgia.

The Minister of Justice and his deputies spoke to the cadets gathered at the National Defense Academy of Georgia about the ongoing disputes against Russia in Strasbourg and the Hague, which ended with decisions of historical significance for Georgia in the case of the August War. The conversation touched on the decision of the Strasbourg court to exclude more than 3,300 complaints submitted by the population of Tskhinvali region against Georgia, filed with the coordination of Russia. The fact proves once again that during the 2008 war, the Georgian military acted in compliance with the norms of international law.

The Minister of Justice and the deputies explained that the confirmation of the occupation of Georgia by the Russian Federation in 2008 by the Strasbourg court, the recognition of the ethnic cleansing of Georgians in the Tskhinvali region; Also, establishing Russia's guilt for killing and torturing Georgian prisoners of war; The inhuman and degrading treatment of military and civilians is a powerful legal tool for the further de-occupation of our country.

The lecture discussed the issue of arrest warrants by the Hague Court against 3 "high-ranking officials" of the Tskhinvali region, who are accused of torture and ill-treatment of Georgian civilian prisoners during the August war. The Prosecutor's Office of the Hague Court also stressed the issue of Russian General Borisov's responsibility. Based on this decision, after Strasbourg, the Hague International Criminal Court confirmed the responsibility of specific representatives of the Russian Federation and the separatist regimes for the crimes committed during the August War.

In order to end disputes in international courts in favor of Georgia, the Ministry of Justice submitted about 700 pieces of evidence (including video and photo materials, radar data, expert reports, surveillance camera recordings, records confirming explosions by a seismic station, witness statements, satellite images, media materials, international organizations reports, telephone surveillance records, mining reports, etc.) and a number of documents with relevant analysis and arguments.