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Georgia: enhancing human rights through dialogue between local authorities and the Public Defender

Co-operation Georgia 6 June 2022
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Georgia: enhancing human rights through dialogue between local authorities and the Public Defender

Georgian local authorities and the Public Defender of Georgia, Nino Lomjaria, held a roundtable discussion on 6 June 2022 on the Public Defender's report on the situation of human rights and freedoms in Georgia for 2021 and on the recommendations addressed to local authorities.

While the Public Defender presents her yearly reports to the Georgian Parliament, this is the first time that such a dialogue has been established directly with local authorities. The aim is to strengthen co-operation between all levels of governance for the protection of human rights by encouraging regular exchanges between the Public Defender and local authorities for better consideration of her recommendations at the territorial level.

The round table was organised by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities in collaboration with the National Association of Local Authorities of Georgia (NALAG) within the framework of the Congress' cooperation project in the country. It brought together members of the NALAG Executive Board, representatives of the Public Defender Office, as well as members of the Forum of Exchange developed within the project – a unique platform of dialogue for local authorities to address challenges in improving social inclusion, promoting equal opportunities, and incorporating a gender perspective in the local political action.

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This event is organised in the framework of the project “Strengthening Participatory Democracy and Human Rights at Local Level in Georgia”, implemented by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities and the Directorate General of Democracy, Division of Elections and Participatory Democracy, within the Council of Europe Action Plan for Georgia 2020-2023 with the financial contribution of the Austrian Development Cooperation. The project aims to strengthen institutional frameworks for citizen participation, support local authorities and their national association in their efforts to protect and promote human rights and ensure that civil society organisations have real impact on local decision making.