Practice Relating to Rule 90. Torture and Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment
Under Georgia’s Criminal Code (1999), in international or internal armed conflicts, it is a crime to torture or treat inhumanely or to cause great suffering or injuries that threaten the physical and mental health of a person.
In 2012, in its fourth periodic report to the Human Rights Committee, Georgia stated:
During the reporting period, the Government of Georgia has been consistently continuing its policy aimed at ensuring full enjoyment of the rights provided in the Covenant for the entire State population. To this end, the obstacles of outstanding gravity were imposed by the war with the Russian Federation in August 2008 and subsequent occupation of two regions – Abkhazia, Georgia and the Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia, Georgia. From the early 2008, the security and human rights situation in the mentioned regions tangibly aggravated … The terrorizing and discriminatory acts included, but were not limited to the occasional incidents of armed attacks on the ethnic Georgian villages [and] instances of … ill-treatment of their residents[.]