Georgia Moves Forward in the Implementation of Human Rights Strategy

Apr 10, 2017

Photo: Daro Sulakauri/UNDP

How successful is Georgia in implementing its Human Rights Strategy 2014 - 2020? Findings and recommendations of an independent report were presented on April 10, 2017, to representatives of the Georgian Government, Parliament, civil society and international organizations.

The independent report was prepared by the international expert Maggie Nicholson with assistance from the USAID’s Promoting Rule of Law in Georgia (PROLoG) activity, East-West Management Institute, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Tamar Chugoshvili, First Deputy Chairperson of Parliament, Shombi Sharp, Deputy Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Georgia, Natalia Jaliashvili, Head of the Human Rights Secretariat, and Monica Azimi, Director of the Office of Democracy, Governance and Social Development – USAID/Georgia, opened a presentation of the report hosted by the Administration of the Government of Georgia.

The report on the progress in implementation of the National Strategy for the Protection of Human Rights in Georgia (2014-2020) incorporates the findings of the expert’s assessment visit in Georgia carried out between October 29 – November 7, 2016, during which Maggie Nicholson met with various stakeholders.

The report welcomes the significant progress made, to greater and lesser degrees, in almost all subject areas addressed in the National Strategy. In addition to general recommendations, the report makes specific recommendations in relation to justice, penitentiary systems and the prevention of torture and ill-treatment, the right to privacy, freedom of expression, assembly and demonstration, minority rights, rights of the child, persons with disabilities, internally displaced persons, migrants, gender equality and right to work. It goes on to identify priorities for further action.

It is hoped that these will assist the respective state agencies in assessing their own progress and refocusing on how to achieve the central goals of mainstreaming human rights in all government policies and promoting a human rights culture in the country.

Contact information

Sophie Tchitchinadze, UNDP in Georgia, +995 599 196907, sophie.tchitchinadze@undp.org