ECMI Annual Programme

The ECMI Caucasus programme in 2016 will address a number of new issues that have arisen from developments in 2015, along with those of earlier times in need of new perspectives. The key topics for the programme will oscillate between practice-oriented research and project activities, feeding into each other and providing deeper insights into developments of the region.

Anti-discrimination and equality issues are slowly gaining momentum in South Caucasus. With legislative framework in place since 2014, Georgia and Azerbaijan are setting up relevant institutions and operational mechanisms that will monitor, promote and implement equality legal provisions. Armenia is still in the process of discussing non-discrimination and public consultations have started at the end of 2015. ECMI Caucasus will follow developments in the region, particularly from a minority perspective as part of multiple discrimination perspectives.

Freedom of religion or belief will be held under scrutiny in a number of activities related to non-discrimination and tolerance. All three countries declare strong support for freedom of religion, yet a traditional profoundly rooted attachment to one religious identity makes the societal tolerance towards other religions and acceptance of needs of other congregations difficult.

Local authorities as a primary contact point between population and authorities have been brought into focus in 2014 and in 2015. Reforms of self-governance systems in Georgia and Armenia indicate that the inherent centralised systems of governance prevent effective self-governance with the participation of local residents, despite formally adopted legal provisions. Such an approach has many implications for minorities, particularly those living compactly. The dichotomy of legalism and practice will be investigated and local authorities offered training in handling their responsibilities.

ECMI Caucasus is looking forward to working together with international, regional and local partners and communities across the region.

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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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Concluding event of the Pilot Project "Twinning of Teachers" in Borjomi

On December 23, Civic Education for Lawful State (CELS), a sub-grantee of the ECMI Caucasus, held a concluding event of the Pilot Project "Twinning of Teachers" in Borjomi. Read More

Local Advocacy Campaign in Lagodekhi

Throughout June-November 2015 local civil society organization “Madli” in Lagodekhi (Kakheti region) had been running Local Advocacy Campaign for ethnic minority communities (namely Azerbaijanis and Ossetians). The project was sub-granted by ECMI Caucasus in the framework of the Eastern Partnership Minorities Network. Read More

Eastern Partnership Minorities Network's Final Best Practice Seminar

On 7th of December, the Eastern Partnership Minorities Network has hosted its final Best Practice Seminar to share experiences and methodologies applied while delivering and facilitating local advocacy as well as the EaP information campaigns by minority activists and CSOs in the countries of EaP. Read More

A success story of an ethnic Azerbaijani student of Georgia

Fazair Musaev, 21, from village Kesalo, Gardabani Municipality, Georgia is a Tbilisi State University undergraduate student of Business and Economics, where he has been enrolled through so called “4+1 program” for ethnic minority youth in Georgia. Read More

2nd Cycle of Human Rights Universal Periodic Review of Georgia

On November 10, during the 23rd UPR session in Geneva, Georgian government presented its national report on the general human rights situation in the country. Read More

Supporting the repatriation of persons deported from Georgia in the 1940s and their descendants