On behalf of IOI community, IOI President Peter Tyndall and IOI Secretary General Kräuter issued a statement of solidarity with the Office of the Public Defender of Georgia.
In this statement the IOI expresses its concern about negative statements and damaging remarks made by high-ranking officials against the Public Defender and in reaction to the Office’s investigative work and published reports. President Tyndall and Secretary General Kräuter further stress that: “Ombudsman institutions are a core element of every democracy and form an integral part of constitutional reality. In a state ruled by law it is in the best public interest to fully respect and support the independent investigative mandate of the Ombudsman.”
The IOI therefore strongly encourages the acknowledgement of the mandate of the Public Defender of Georgia and a reasoned and professional response to the Ombudsman’s work.
The Office of the Public Defender of Georgia appreciated the IOI's support and already disseminated the statement accordingly.