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

ECMI Caucasus' report for UN Women presents analysis of and recommendations for meeting needs and priorities of women and girls of ten minority groups - Armenian, Avar, Azerbaijani, Kist/Chechen, Meskhetian, Ossetian, Roma, Russian Dukhobor, Russian Molokan and Udi, mainly inhabiting two regions of Georgia - Kakheti and Samtskhe-Javakheti. The report analyses access to public services, education, healthcare as primary priorities but also at women position in the family and participation in public life. Despite many efforts of civil society organizations and gender equality declarations on the part of the government, ethnic minority women are marginalized on labor market are often in disadvantaged position in terms of economic empowerment.

For smaller minorities who are bilingual the claim of insufficient knowledge of state language to assume positions in local or state civil service is not really valid.

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Public Lecture in Kvemo Kartli, Rustavi

Last session of public lecture was held by ECMI in Kvemo Kartli, Rustavi at Ekvtime Takaishvili Teaching Univeristy. On the 19th of December in cooperation with the university administration Maka Alioghli, one of the most experienced and successful ethnic Azerbaijani experts, has delivered a lecture on European Union and opportunities for the youth.Read More

Commemoration in Akhaltsikhe of 70 years of Meskhetian Deportations

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. Read More










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