Strasbourg/Tbilisi, 31 May 2018 – A new project on fighting discrimination, hate crime and hate speech in Georgia will be launched by the Council of Europe and Georgian authorities in Tbilisi on Monday, 4 June.
The project will look at the ways to combine legislative, capacity-building and awareness-raising actions to ensure appreciation of diversity in Georgia and the possibility for everyone to freely enjoy their rights.
Among the keynote speakers at the event will be Chair of the Legal Issues Committee of the Georgian Parliament, Ms Eka Beselia; Deputy Minister of Justice, Mr Alexander Baramidze; First Deputy Minister of Reconciliation and Civic Equality, Mr Lasha Darsalia; Public Defender of Georgia, Ms Nino Lomjaria and the Head of the Council of Europe Office in Georgia, Mr Cristian Urse. Civil society representatives working on protection of minorities’ rights in Georgia will also take part in the event. See updated list of participants here.
The project that will run until the end of 2021 builds on long-standing cooperation between the Council of Europe, the Georgian authorities, judiciary, law enforcement agencies and civil society partners. It is conducted under the Council of Europe’s Action Plan for Georgia.
The launch event is organised in the framework of the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG). It will take place on Monday, 4 June, from 13:00 to 14:45 at the Central Room of the Hotel “Rooms” (14, Merab Kostava Street, Tbilisi, Georgia). English-Georgian interpretation will be provided.
Prior accreditation of media representatives is requested. Contact for media accreditation: Ms. Nino Kheladze, Council of Europe’s Office in Georgia E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +995 322913870/71/72/73
According to the latest report by the Council of Europe’s anti-discrimination body, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), “hate speech against ethnic and religious minorities, as well as against LGBT persons, continues to be a widespread problem in Georgia”, despite certain progress achieved by the country on anti-discrimination policies and legislation.