09TBILISI1188, GEORGIA: SHARING INFORMATION WITH OMBUDSMAN’S

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09TBILISI1188 2009-06-29 13:28 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tbilisi

VZCZCXYZ0005
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHSI #1188 1801328
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 291328Z JUN 09
FM AMEMBASSY TBILISI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 1828
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE

C O N F I D E N T I A L TBILISI 001188 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/26/2019 
TAGS: PGOV PHUM PREL GG
SUBJECT: GEORGIA: SHARING INFORMATION WITH OMBUDSMAN'S 
OFFICE 
 
REF: TBILISI 1056 
 
Classified By: AMBASSADOR JOHN F. TEFFT.  REASONS:  1.4 (B) AND (D) 
 
1.  (C) Summary/Comment:  In addition to the Embassy-Ministry 
of Internal Affairs (MoIA) tracking system (see reftel), post 
has established a working-level channel with the Ombudsman's 
Office to exchange information regarding incidents of 
protest-related violence.   Post will continue to update its 
internal spreadsheet and to follow up with both MoIA and the 
Ombudsman's Office on a regular basis to obtain a clearer 
picture of the nature of these incidents and the Government 
of Georgia's (GoG) response.  End Summary/Comment. 
 
2.  (C) On June 12, Poloff met with Sophio Benashvili, Head 
of the Division of Freedom and Equality at the Ombudsman's 
Office, who is primarily responsible for monitoring the 
ongoing protests in the Ombudsman's Office.  Post proposed 
that the Embassy and the Ombudsman's Office exchange 
information regarding protest-related incidents on a regular 
basis.  Poloff explained that the Embassy has been tracking 
and documenting these events and following up with MoIA in 
order to get a more complete picture of the protest-related 
violence and the GoG's response.  Poloff invited the 
Ombudsman's office to assist in filling in informational 
gaps.  Benashvili thanked Poloff for Post's nterest and 
agreed to provide Post with information on a regular basis. 
She provided Poloff with a chart detailing answers the 
Ombudsman's Office had received from MoIA regarding 
investigations into 28 cases (22 of which correspond to cases 
Post has been tracking).  Benashvili noted that although 
relations between the Ombudsman's Office and MoIA are 
sometimes difficult, the two offices nonetheless maintain a 
close working relationship  (Embassy Note: The Ombudsman's 
Office has fallen under consistent criticism for its 
perceived pro-opposition stance regarding these incidents. 
End Note.). 
 
3.  (C) On June 25, Ombudsman Sozar Subari held a press 
conference to address the diplomatic corps about 
protest-related incidents that have occurred since April 9, 
2009.  Subari accused MoIA of committing several human rights 
violations but did not provide specific evidence of such. 
Subari presented written documentation of protest-related 
events compiled by his office to the diplomatic corps.  Post 
will compare the new information provided by Subari with our 
internal spreadsheet and will continue to monitor the 
situation and follow up with both MoIA and the Ombudsman's 
Office. 
TEFFT

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