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ECRI marks progress in Georgias fight against xenophobia and racism, and points out the defects in this process.


TBILISI, February 13 /Novosti Gruzya. The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) published a report marking Georgias progress in the fight against xenophobia and racism, but points out the defects in this process. "Novosti - Gruzya" was informed about this at the Council of Europes Tbilisi information center. ECRI marks positive changes within the country in this direction, but at the same time mentions issues, which continue to cause concern."

In Georgia, new criminal procedures for the fight against racial discrimination and instigation to hatred have been introduced, but some representatives of non-conventional religious minorities are still being threatened with physical violence directed towards them or their property ", according to the information centers report.

The authors of the report consider that representatives of authorities are insufficiently informed about the position of some minority groups and accordingly there is no monitoring behind the situation ".

Also, changes need to be made to the legislation to rectify deficiencies concerning the granting of refuge, as well as to the actual practice itself- states the ECRI report.

At the same time, the report outlines the fact that, since 2002, Georgia has done significant work in reforming the legislation and has joined many international treaties promoting the protection of human rights and the fight against intolerance and racial discrimination.

As to the execution of the ECRIs previous recommendations, the report states that some recommendations have either not been executed, or only partly executed.

ECRI is a specialized expert body of the Council of Europe. On Tuesday, February 13, the commission published five reports on the fight against racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and intolerance in Armenia, Georgia, Iceland, Portugal and Slovenia.

As communicated by the Council of Europes Tbilisi information center, these reports are one of three tools used to monitor the specified states legislation concerning the fight against racism and xenophobia, and also to monitor the corresponding policies and practices in the Council of Europes member-states.

Full texts of the commissions reports in the original English version http://www.coe.int/t/E/human_rights/ecri/

Source: Novosti-Gruzya



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