Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Georgia: Guantanamo Prisoners Pose NO Threat

Posted by Info on 30/03/2010

The Georgian government made the decision to accept several detainees as part of the strategic partnership with the United States. Three people is not any threat for the Georgian state.
One senior Ministry of Internal Affairs official underlined that the trio will live “normal lives” in their host country.

A special group of ministry representatives traveled to the Guantanamo prison in December 2009 to interview possible detainees for relocation. The Georgian government was satisfied that the men are not dangerous, although wanted to confirm that they were not “psychologically damaged.”
The men have already contacted their families, and are free to bring them to Georgia if they wish.

That it is often in the men’s best interests not to be identified. Family members at home could face retribution.
Another concern is the reaction in the host country.
The men are currently housed in Tbilisi and have been provided with language tutors to help them learn Georgian.
The Georgian government is not paying for the men’s accommodations or needs.

So far, however, ordinary Georgians, long used to riding the waves of larger powers’ foreign policies, appear to have responded to the trio’s arrival with equanimity.
The three men have, in fact, already contributed to the country’s rich culture of self-deprecating jokes.

A cartoon published on March 29 by the weekly newspaper Kviris Palitra illustrated their reaction to being transferred to Georgia, a country still struggling to recover from the 2008 war with Russia and years of economic decline.

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