Migration and Human Rights

Georgian IDP Project

Georgian IDP Project supported by the Council of Europe to address students about Rights of IDPs
Tblisi 9 November 2012

The IDP Project implemented by the Office of the Public Defender in Georgia with the support of the Council of Europe will undertake an activity to raise the awareness among students of Tbilisi State University about the rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs). This activity forms part of the education/information sharing component of the Project. Similar sessions targeting students already took place in the regions of Georgia in June 2012. The purpose of the sessions is to highlight the global crisis of IDPs and define who is, and who is not, an IDP according to existing international and national standards. The trainers will explain in detail what the assistance and protection needs of the IDPs in Georgia are and give an overview of related key legal issues.

Georgian IDP Project supported by the Council of Europe to conduct the Training for Georgian Journalists on the Rights of Internally Displaced Persons
Kachreti, Kakheti regioni 26-27 October 2012

The IDP Project implemented by the Office of the Public Defender in Georgia with the support of the Council of Europe will conduct training for journalists on IDP rights. The training will be carried out within the framework of the awareness raising and advocacy component of the project. It will entail information sessions followed by discussions. Training topics will cover the international standards and general rights of internally displaced persons and the role and responsibility of the state as well as of non-state actors. It will also address the question of state policy with regard to IDPs, including its challenges and achievements. Trainers will conduct a practical session on how to report on IDP rights, considering the interests of this specific group of individuals and in order to ensure the full respect of their rights. Training participants will be selected from both national and regional media.

Georgian IDP Project start the follow-up monitoring of the newly constructed IDP settlements in western Georgia
August 2012

The IDP Project of the Public Defender (Ombudsman) of Georgia, which is financially supported by the Council of Europe, is about to start the follow-up monitoring of the newly constructed IDP settlements in western Georgia. The Project team already closely monitored the process of allocation of housing in the newly constructed apartment blocks. IDPs were in this way provided with durable housing solutions in the cities of Poti, Tsklatubo and Batumi in the beginning of 2012. This initial monitoring process confirmed that the allocation process was voluntary, but revealed that there were number of problematic issues, such as low quality of construction works, problems related to heating during the winter season, lack of agricultural land plots etc.

The purpose of the follow-up monitoring is to check whether the aforementioned problems were solved and to verify whether the newly arrived IDP community is well integrated into their respective new locations. The monitoring of the integration of the IDPs in the new settlements includes the verification of whether the IDPs have the possibility to engage in economic activities (mainly employment) by which they can secure their livelihood in the new settlements. The follow-up monitoring also identifies any further general needs of IDP community in the new settlements. At the same time the Project continues the monitoring process of those IDP collective centers that are about to be privatized. The role of the project monitors is to inform the IDP families about their rights and all the legal aspects related to privatization

Georgian IDP Project supported by the Council of Europe to start train students on the Rights of IDPs
Tbilisi, 22 June 2012

The IDP Project implemented by the Office of the Public Defender in Georgia with the support of the Council of Europe, is about to start training students of different universities in the regions of Georgia about the rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs). The training sessions form part of the education/information sharing component of the Project. The purpose of the sessions is to highlight the global crisis of IDPs and define who is and who is not an IDP according to the existing international and national standards. The trainers will explain in detail the assistance and protection needs of the IDPs in the country and give an overview of the key legal issues related to IDPs. Training sessions will take place between from 25 to 28 June 2012 in the following locations: Gori, Shida Kartli Region, Kutaisi, Imereti Region, Zugdidi, Samegrelo Region and Batumi, Autonomous Republic of Adjara.

Georgian IDP Project supported by the Council of Europe to continue monitoring of Privatization – rehabilitation process of IDP housing in Georgia
Gori, 25 May 2012

The IDP Project implemented by the Office of the Public Defender (PDO) in Georgia, with the support of the Council of Europe, is about to hold a first information sharing meeting with NGOs in Gori, Shida Kartli Region, on 25 May, 2012. The purpose of the meeting to take place within the framework of the education/information sharing component of the IDP Project is to ensure proper communication between the PDO and local NGOs which are supporting the Project by drawing the attention of the PDO to problems identified by the NGOs in the context of provision of housing for the IDPs. The PDO already shares some of the NGO’s previously communicated concerns and findings related to the IDPs’ rights and these concerns are well-reflected in the Annual Parliamentary Report of the Ombudsman. These meetings with NGOs are necessary for identifying any new areas of concern. Furthermore, thanks to the information sharing meetings the PDO will be better informed about services which local NGOs can offer to IDPs, thereby allowing the PDO office to refer IDPs to these NGOs for certain forms of support. Similar information sharing meetings will take place in June in the other regions of Georgia, namely in Kutaisi of the Imereti Region, in Zugdidi of the Samegrelo Region and in Batumi of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara.

Georgian IDP Project about to start Information Sharing meetings in the Regions of Georgia
2 May 2012

The IDP Project implemented by the Office of the Public Defender (PDO) in Georgia, with the support of the Council of Europe, is about to hold a first information sharing meeting with NGOs in Gori, Shida Kartli Region, on 25 May, 2012. The purpose of the meeting to take place within the framework of the education/information sharing component of the IDP Project is to ensure proper communication between the PDO and local NGOs which are supporting the Project by drawing the attention of the PDO to problems identified by the NGOs in the context of provision of housing for the IDPs. The PDO already shares some of the NGO’s previously communicated concerns and findings related to the IDPs’ rights and these concerns are well-reflected in the Annual Parliamentary Report of the Ombudsman. These meetings with NGOs are necessary for identifying any new areas of concern. Furthermore, thanks to the information sharing meetings the PDO will be better informed about services which local NGOs can offer to IDPs, thereby allowing the PDO office to refer IDPs to these NGOs for certain forms of support. Similar information sharing meetings will take place in June in the other regions of Georgia, namely in Kutaisi of the Imereti Region, in Zugdidi of the Samegrelo Region and in Batumi of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara.

Georgian IDP Project supported by the Council of Europe to start monitoring of Kindergartens located in Gori, Shida Kartli Region
March 2012, Gori

One of the activities under the IDP Project implemented by the Office of the Public Defender in Georgia with the support of the Council of Europe will be monitoring of displaced persons currently living in 12 kindergartens located in Gori of the Shida Kartli region. The individuals residing in the kindergarten buildings all had to leave their permanent places of residence due to the conflict in August 2008. The Project Team of the IDP Project has been monitoring the situation of these individuals very closely, since they remain among the most vulnerable, due to the fact that most of them do not yet hold official IDP status. In his reports the Public Defender of Georgia has repeatedly emphasized the need to grant IDP status and adequate temporary housing to these individuals who originate from the so-called “uncontrolled territories,” i.e. adjacent villages of the conflict zones in Georgia. According to the information at hand, the total number of families residing in the kindergartens is presently around 90. Most of these institutions still in parallel operate as kindergartens, whereas in other cases the children who used to attend them have been moved to other kindergartens in the area. The Project team will undertake the monitoring in all 12 locations in order to carefully assess the socio-economic conditions of the conflict affected individuals and will provide subsequent legal assistance in case of need.

Georgian IDP Project supported by the Council of Europe to start monitoring of housing allocations as of 1 January 2012
February 2012

One of the first activities under the IDP Project implemented by the Office of the Public Defender in Georgia with the support of the Council of Europe will be the monitoring of the allocation of newly constructed apartments blocks to IDPs who had to leave their homes and home areas as a result of the conflicts in the 1990s and in 2008. Project teams will continuously undertake field visits to IDP Collective Centers and new settlements to monitor the allocation process of new flats in the cities of Poti, Tskaltubo and Batumi. The given three locations are meant to accommodate roughly 2000 IDP families. The monitoring will be undertaken to ensure that the allocation process in all three locations is fair and voluntary, as well as to identify any possible irregularities or ambiguities related to the use of criteria for the allocation of apartments. A detailed account of the findings of the monitoring will be presented in the annual report of the Public Defender of Georgia, which will be published by the end of March 2012.

  • 22 June 2012, Tbilisi : Georgian IDP Project supported by the Council of Europe to start train students on the Rights of IDPs
  • 25 May 2012, Gori: Georgian IDP Project supported by the Council of Europe to continue monitoring of Privatization – rehabilitation process of IDP housing in Georgia
  • 2 May 2012 : Georgian IDP Project supported by the Council of Europe to continue monitoring of Privatization – rehabilitation process of IDP housing in Georgia
  • March 2012, Gori: Georgian IDP Project supported by the Council of Europe to start monitoring of Kindergartens located in Gori, Shida Kartli Region
  • February 2012: Georgian IDP Project supported by the Council of Europe to start monitoring of housing allocations as of 1 January 2012

Mr Mats LINDBERG


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