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Specialised prosecutors explore further the European Standards of investigation of hate crimes

7-8 July 2022
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Specialised prosecutors explore further the European Standards of investigation of hate crimes

In consolidated efforts the Council of Europe Office in Georgia and the General Prosecutor's Office organised a training and presentation of the manual on investigation of hate crimes from 7-8 July 2022. The main goal of the training was to increase the prosecutors’ effectiveness to carry out procedural supervision of investigation and prosecution of hate crimes, while ensuring the effective protection of the victims and their support. The training was attended by prosecutors specialising in hate crimes.

The manual - "Principles of the Investigation of Hate Crimes according to the International Standards" - developed for specialised prosecutors by the Council of Europe, provides the review of the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights and the cases with different types of discrimination.

During the training the representatives of the Human Rights Department of the General Prosecutor's Office introduced the main trends in the fighting against hate crime to the specialised prosecutors and reviewed the standard of proof for identification of motive in criminal cases and the specifics of court proceedings. The training mainly focused on the characteristics such as, the motive founded gender discrimination, gender identity and sexual orientation, nationality, religion, disability and other features, and the victim-oriented approach in practice.

This activity is implemented in the framework of the project “Promoting the Effective Protection of Equality and Non-Discrimination in Georgia”. The Project is funded through the Council of Europe Action Plan for Georgia 2020-2023.