Georgia-Fight against discrimination, hate crimes and hate speech in Georgia
The main partners and beneficiaries of the Project are Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA); High School of Justice (HSOJ), Chief Prosecutor’s Office (CPO).
The main aim is to provide expertise, build competences, advocate and raise awareness among policy makers, legal professionals, law enforcement agencies and civil society organisations to enable them to:
- fully align national legislation and bylaws on anti-discrimination, hate crimes, and hate speech as well as relevant monitoring mechanisms to the Council of Europe standards;
- ensure their effective implementation;
- increase public appreciation for the laws’ contribution towards democracy, human rights, peace and prosperity in the Georgian society.
Three expected results are foreseen under the project:
- National legislation and policies pertaining to anti-discrimination, hate crimes and hate speech and data gathering mechanisms are aligned with international standards and bylaws; disaggregated data gathered support informed decision making and policy planning
- There is respect for human rights and anti-discrimination standards, intercultural dialogue and full participation of national minorities and vulnerable groups as imperative to ensure democracy, peace and prosperity in Georgian society
- There is general awareness of human rights and anti-discrimination standards and the importance of securing these for democracy, peace and prosperity in Georgian society.
With a view to achieving these results, several activities will be implemented:
- Expertise support to legislative review to align Criminal, Civil and Administrative law with ECRI recommendations and CoE standards
- Support towards the setting up of a mechanism for data collection covering discrimination, hate crime and hate speech
- Training of professionals and exchange of practices on anti-discrimination, hate speech and hate crime legislation and policies and relevant CoE standards and ECtHR case law to ensure their effective implementation
- Raising awareness about human rights and anti-discrimination and the importance of securing these for democracy, peace and prosperity in Georgian society
- Increasing the capacity of vulnerable groups including persons belonging to national minorities to make full use of their rights and participate in the Georgian public.
Supporting representative of the law enforcement bodies and the judiciary in fight hate crime and hate speech
The Council of Europe launched the updated HELP course on Hate Crime and Hate Speech for more than 60 legal professionals - judges, prosecutors, and investigators. Natalia Voutova, Head of the Council of Europe Office in Georgia, Aleksandre Darakhvelidze, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs,...
15 judges, 15 prosecutors and 15 investigators successfully accomplished 3-month intensive HELP online course were awarded certificates. The HELP course on Combatting Hate Crimes helped to advance participants’ skills in effective response to hate crime and hate speech as a rising problem...
The Council of Europe Office in Georgia continues its support to the introduction of specialisation of prosecutor’s dealing with crimes committed on intolerance grounds. Prosecutors supervising investigation and prosecution of criminal cases advanced their knowledge on ECHR standards and case-law...