ECMI Annual Report 2014 presents activities of ECMI Headquarters in Flensburg, Georgia and Kosovo in the context of Eastern Partnership Programmes as
well as Europeanisation perspective. ECMI Caucaus is featured on pp 20-21.
Local Advocacy Campaigns on the participation of minorities in public life and decision-making in Georgia
ECMI Caucasus in collaboration with MRGE Coordinator has selected four among 18 submitted proposals for the implementation of the Local Advocacy
Campaigns through the open call. The campaigns aim at promotion of awareness on the rights of minorities at local levels through cooperation with local authorities and non-governmental
organizations informing about the modalities of EU Eastern Partnership programs.
The Campaigns will cover regions of dense minority settlements: Kakheti, Samtskhe-Javakheti and Kvemo Kartli.
1. Association “UDI” will be implementing: Advocacy for Udi Language Protection and Teaching at Schools. The project will support survival of the Udi language at
local and central level through preparing materials for teaching it in public schools.
2. NGO “Madli” will be promoting Raising Awareness of the Rights of Ethnic Minorities of Lagodekhi Municipality in the context of EU-Georgia Association Agreement
and Eastern Partnership. The main activities will be directed towards information and confidence-building in cooperation between Local Authorities and ethnic minority communities.
3. Civic Development Center (CDC) is involved in promotion of civic activism in Akhalkalaki and Ninotsminda. The project Expert Dialogue will campaign for
better inclusion of minorities in public life of the region through round-tables and joint trainings with local authorities on public participation as reflected in the modalities of Eastern
Partnership and the role of minorities and their organizations.
4. Education and Labour Association (ELA) is implementing Raising Awareness of Ethnic Minority Groups on advantages of Eastern Partnership for ethnic Azerbaijani
population in Kvemo Kartli. One of the activities - a talk show on Marneuli television will address the issue of participation in local governance and how the local communities can use the
funds accessible under the Eastern Partnership.
The local advocacy campaigns are part of “Eastern Partnership Minorities Network” Programme in Georgia, financially supported by the European Union.
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.
Elene Proshikian, Project Assistant at ECMI Caucasus, speaking on Roma Community of Georgia on Channel 1 - Georgian Public Broadcasting. 06/07/2015
ECMI Caucasus hosted a group of students of political science
On July 20 ECMI Caucasus hosted a group of students of political science within a Study Trip program to Georgia organized by the International
Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS) for 22 motivated students from all over the world in order to learn more about Georgia, its history and its political circumstances.
Round-table in Lagodekhi for ethnic Azerbaijanis
On June 25, ECMI Caucasus participated in monitoring process of the implementation of the Local Advocacy Campaign in Lagodekhi for ethnic Azerbaijani
community. Read More
Local Advocacy Campaign Concluding Seminar in Marneuli
ECMI Caucasus participated in a concluding event of rolling seminars on advocacy of minority rights and the EU-Georgian relations for ethnic Azerbaijani
population of Kvemo Kartli region.
The seminars aimed at raising awareness of ethnic minority youth on possibilities of advocating their rights within the Eastern Partnership and in the
framework of the EU – Georgia association agreement and Visa Liberalization Action Plan. Read More
ECMI Caucasus on the CENN jury of the Regional Journalists Award: Best Reportage on Ecological Migration
On 28 May, 2015, a jury of 10 international and local organizations (Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, Ministry of Environment and Natural
Resources of Georgia, Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons From the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia, LEPL National Environmental Agency; European Center for
Minority Issues (ECMI); International Organization for Migration (IOM); Swiss Cooperation Office for the South Caucasus; Journalists Ethic Charter; Read More
Supporting the repatriation of persons deported from Georgia in the 1940s and their descendants