TO: The Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and the Government of Georgia
Georgian LGBT activists Levan Berianidze and Tornike Kusiani were attacked by a group of strangers in Batumi, Georgia. Police officers, instead of arresting their perpetrators, detained the men, kicking and dragging them to the police car. At the police station, they spewed homophobic slurs, demanded Tornike and Levan take off all their clothing, and continued treating them violently and aggressively. They have been charged with a fine for "hooliganism and civil disobedience."
I urge you to
- free Tornike and Levan of all charges;
- ensure a timely, impartial, and efficient investigation of the attacks by the perpetrators and by the police officers;
- establish measures to fight homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia in the police force and introduce an efficient policy to monitor and prevent hate crimes committed by police officers.