Minorities in UPR 2015
ECMI Caucasus, in cooperation with partner organizations, has submitted a shadow report for the 2nd Cycle of United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review.
Reporting aims at highlighting the issues at international level, which require much of at attention from the government in order to guarantee protection of national minority rights and fulfil
commitments undertaken by Georgia. The 2nd Cycle of Universal Periodic Review for Georgia is planned on the 23rd Session in October-November 2015.
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ECMI Annual programme 2015
ECMI comprehensive Annual Programme 2015 released, features on page 36-41 activities planned for ECMI Caucasus. One of the highlights is collaboration with the Ministry
of Reconciliation and Civil Equality on the new strategy for minority inclusion. Another one is promotion of Cultural Routes of National Minorities that will support development of tourism
in minority inhabited regions by providing information on historical heritage sites as educational itineraries to present cultural diversity of Georgia.
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Concluding Activities in Samtskhe-Javakheti
On 17/12 European Center for Minority Issues conducted two activities in Akhaltsikhe: 1) The first was intended for the ethnic minority/regional civil society organizations
functioning in Samtskhe-Javakheti. In cooperation with the Georgian National Platform of the EaP Civil
Society Forum, ECMI staff held an information meeting for nine regional organizations. This activity aimed at capacity building of the non-governmental organizations and integration into the
structures supported by the European Union. 12 regional organizations (mostly ethnic minority) attended the meeting. Read More
Concluding Activities in Kakheti Region
On 16/12 European Center for Minority Issues conducted two activities in Telavi: 1) The first was intended for the ethnic minority/regional civil society organizations
functioning in Kakheti. In cooperation with the Georgian National Platform of the EaP Civil Society Forum, ECMI staff held an information meeting for nine regional organizations. This
activity aimed at capacity building of the non-governmental organizations and integration into the structures supported by the European Union. Read More
Training in Lagodekhi
A concluding activity of training sessions on Georgia’s European Integration and Minority Involvement was organized on December 8 in Leliani, Lagodekhi.
The most of the participants represented the local ethnic minorities: Azerbaijanis from Kabali and Uzuntala villages and Ossetians from Leliani. They acquired information on European Union,
functions of its Institutions, Eastern Partnership, Association Agreement, Visa liberalization and standards and documents applied by the EU for protection of ethnic minorities. Read More
Commemoration day of Deported Meskhetians
On 17th of November, a commemoration event was held in Akhaltsikhe dedicated to the 70 year anniversary of deportations of Meskhetian Muslim population from the Georgian
Soviet Socialist Republic in 1944. Approximately 30 Meskhetians who personally experienced deportation arrived from Azerbaijan and Russian Federation. They gathered at the Akhaltsikhe rail
tracks, where 70 years ago over 100.000 persons from surrounding villages had been rushed into wagons and sent to Central Asia. The survivors and their descendants paid a tribute to those
who had perished during the deportation and harsh conditions at deportation destinations or during attempts to return. Read More