After the European Court of Human Rights ruling - call for release of imprisoned former Prime Minister of Georgia Ivane Merabishvili

TS-LKD meeting

The Chairman of the Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKD) Gabrielius Landsbergis and members of the TS-LKD Andrius Kubilius (former Prime Minister of Lithuania), Algirdas Saudargas (Member of the European Parliament), Radvilė Morkūnaitė-Mikulėnienė (former Member of the European Parliament), Mantas Adomėnas, addressed today the President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili, the Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Members of the Parliament of Georgia, calling for immediate release of imprisoned opposition politician Ivane Merabishvili, former Prime Minister of Georgia, a TS-LKD public press release states.

This appeal of the Members of Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania and a Member of the European Parliament is based on new circumstances – a final ruling of the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) that by keeping Ivane Merabishvili in pre-trial detention the Georgian Government breached several articles of the European Convention on Human Rights.

While welcoming Georgia's Euro-Atlantic aspirations, the parliamentarians stress, that these aspirations are incompatible with the violations of human rights related to suppression of freedom of expression in political opposition.

"Lithuania is a staunch supporter of Georgia's territorial integrity and of her efforts of integration into the EU and NATO. We are true friends of Georgia and, as friends, we say that the road to the EU and NATO leads only through respect for human rights and the rule of law. This judgement of the ECHR consolidates our efforts to achieve the imminent release of political opponent of the current Georgian Government Vano Merabishvili", - stresses the co-author of the appeal dr. Mantas Adomėnas.

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