The Human Rights Secretariat of the Administration of the Government of Georgia, European Union and United Nations organized a reception on 6 June 2016 under the theme “Human Rights for All: Georgia on the Path to Implementing National Human Rights Strategy 2014-2020”.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia; Janos Herman, Ambassador of the European Union to Georgia; and Niels Scott, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Georgia, opened the event with welcome remarks to representatives of the Government, Parliament, civil society, international organizations, diplomatic missions and the media.
The UN Human Rights Office adopted the conclusion and the recommendation regarding the 4th intermittent report of Georgia of August 19, 2014, namely: “The State shall investigate the past inhuman treatment facts taking place prior to 2012 Elections to prevent political revenge. The state shall undertake all necessary measures within authority to provide the victims of the offenses with effective protection in line with the paragraph 3, Article 2 of the Convention”.
The Human Rights and Civil Integration Committee, based on the hereof recommendations, set up the working group to develop the legal estimation of past torture and inhuman treatment facts (2004-2012). The legal document was been publicly represented in Hualing Hotel, attended by the Prime Minister, the Speaker, the Chair of the Supreme Court, legislative and executive authorities, Public Defender and the diplomatic corps.
The Georgia Alliance for Safe Roads and the United Nations Office in Georgia organized a conference on May 10 2016 to discuss challenges and effective road safety measures for the future.
The conference organized within a framework of the UN Decade of Action for Road safety, brought together representatives of the Government, civil society and international organizations.
The European Law Students’ Association-Georgia, with assistance from the United Nations Office in Tbilisi, organized a conference on 8 April 8 2016 to promote a greater knowledge of and respect for the diverse heritage, culture and contribution of people of African descent to the development of societies.
Religious leaders in the Pankisi Gorge will no longer endorse marriage for those under the age of 18. Pankisi is located in the eastern part of Georgia (Kakheti region) and is mostly populated by ethnic Kists. The decision was made by imams from traditional Islamic mosques, together with the Council of Elders in the Gorge.
This year’s observance of World Environment Day shines a much-needed spotlight on the illegal trade in wildlife. There is grave cause for alarm. Elephants are being slaughtered for their ivory, rhinos for their horns, and pangolins for their scales. From sea turtles to tigers to rosewood, thousands of species of wild animals and plants are being driven ever closer to extinction. The businesses and individuals involved are motivated solely by short-term gain at the expense of long-term benefit to communities and habitats. In many instances, they act in collusion with transnational organized crime networks and groups actively involved in destabilizing nations.