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13 Nov 2018 Governments must join hands with civil society and the private sector to ensure equal access to justice for all

Governments must join hands with civil society and the private sector to ensure equal access to justice for all

The third International Legal Aid Conference (ILAC) in Georgia highlights global challenges and offers practical solutions in creating and reforming free legal aid systems for the poor and vulnerable 

TBILISI. 13 November 2018 – Global challenges related to ensuring equal access to justice for all and free legal aid for the poor and vulnerable are the focus of the third International Legal Aid Conference (ILAC) ongoing in Tbilisi on 13-15 November 2018. The three-day event brings together 300 delegates from over 60 countries to discuss how countries can improve access to legal aid in their unique national contexts and deepen international cooperation in this critical field.      

ILAC 2018 in Georgia is the third international forum on legal aid following the conferences in South Africa (2014) and Argentina (2016).

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05 Oct 2018 Time to end invisibility of LGBT people in Georgia - expert

Time to end invisibility of LGBT people in Georgia - expert

GENEVA (5 October 2018) - A UN expert has commended the commitment of the Georgian Government to address violence and discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trans persons, but has expressed concern that implementation is falling short of what is urgently needed.

The UN Independent Expert on Violence and Discrimination based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Victor Madrigal-Borloz said beatings were commonplace, harassment and bullying constant, and exclusion from family, education, work and health settings appear to be commonplace.

 

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24 Sep 2018 Georgia: UN expert to assess human rights of LGBT persons

Georgia: UN expert to assess human rights of LGBT persons

GENEVA (21 September 2018) – The UN Independent Expert on the protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Victor Madrigal-Borloz, will conduct an official visit to Georgia from 25 September to 5 October 2018.

“The visit provides an important opportunity to assess the implementation of existing national and international human rights standards to combat violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in the country,” said Madrigal-Borloz.

 

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21 Aug 2018 The Government of Georgia and the Disaster Management Country Team sign a Memorandum of Understanding

The Government of Georgia and the Disaster Management Country Team sign a Memorandum of Understanding

On 16 August 2018, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Government of Georgia and the Disaster Management Country Team (DMCT).

At the signing, Mr. Niels Scott, the UN Resident Coordinator and the Chairperson of the DMCT said that ‘Our collaboration stated under the MoU is critical as it lays the ground for our joint action positioned and mandated to work across sectors and responding to people’s needs by articulating the nexus between humanitarian and development assistance’.

 

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07 Aug 2018 Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the Tenth Anniversary of the August 2008 conflict in Georgia

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the Tenth Anniversary of the August 2008 conflict in Georgia

On the tenth anniversary of the 2008 conflict in Georgia, the Secretary-General recalls that it is a reminder of the need to resolve this and other protracted conflicts in Europe.  This requires increased commitment by the relevant actors, backed by strong political will and a reinvigoration of mediation processes.

The Secretary-General urges all the participants in the Geneva International Discussions to adopt a constructive, forward-looking approach that would allow this indispensable mechanism to fulfill its mandate. All concerned should prioritize progress through appropriate dialogue and refrain from divisive policies and unilateral actions that may adversely impact regional peace and security.

 

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