The Committee heard the report of the Legal Aid Service on activity for 2018 introduced by the LAS Director, Razhden Kuprashvili.
“It is a very responsible position and deriving from the specification of our Committee, I know the importance of your service for the people, especially for the socially vulnerable strata. We try to support your Service to ensure protection of every citizen in the country”, - the Chair, Sofo Kiladze noted.
R. Kuprashvili spoke about improvement of the legal service quality and accessibility, institutional reform, requalification, especially extension of the mandate in civil and administrative directions. The LAS achieved progress in inclusive service in 2018.
The Committee heard the report of Personal Data Protection Inspector on activity for 2018 introduced by the PDP Inspector, Tamar Kaldani, speaking about applicability by the citizens, upheld inspections and first precedents of reduced legal offences and penalties for the first time during the last 6 years.
Awareness on PDP Inspector in public sector and average business is increased, the citizens are more active in applications and the greatest share of 6100 consultations was for the part of the citizens. The challenges also are outlined in private and public sectors, including verification of information without the legal basis, unlawful disclosure of data etc. The standalone chapter is dedicated to the data processing.
“I would like to thank you and your team for your efforts. NGOs give the positive assessment to your activity. Personal data protection is the matter of increased sensitivity. People become alerted about their personal data and started to appeal to the Service in view of protection thereof”, - S. Kiladze noted.
She expressed commitment for joint development of respective legal changes.
The Deputy Interior Minister, Natia Mezvrishvili introduced the bill on Operative-Investigative Activity, authorizing the law-enforcement agencies to fully or partially replace the evidence with the pre-marked and/or false subject or agent.
The bill will increase the capacity of the law-enforcement agencies in countering organized crime. “The change will enable replacement to minimize all respective risks”, - she noted.
The changes facilitate improvement of border security, trans border organized crime, human trafficking, illicit circulation of weapon, drugs etc.
She also introduced the bills on: Criminal Code; Criminal Code of Practice envisaging sanction for participation in the manifestation for illegal resolution of the dispute accompanied with violence, coercion etc.
S. Kiladze shared the pathos of the bill: “When we deal with coercion and menace, we shall first of all undertake the preventive measures, though unfortunately we still encounter the cases when we have to deal with the repressive methods. I agree that the bill contains the vague records requiring specification to prevent such sanctions applying to so-called bagatelle cases”.
She introduced the bill on Countering Crime against Sexual Freedom and inviolability.
“We encounter the recent increased sexual abuses against the minors not in alarming number but still requiring our attention”, - S. Kiladze stated.
The Committee approved the bills.