About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 18:56 - 17 Jan.'18
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
Georgian Orthodox Church Calls for ‘Limits to Freedom of Expression’
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 18 Jan.'15 / 19:40

The Georgian Orthodox Church has said in a statement that the state should provide for “limits to freedom of expression” in order to protect rights of believers against “insult of religious feelings.” 

“As cartoons, insulting Muslims’ religious feelings have been recently published again in large number of copies, we reiterate that like lynching and terrorism have no justification no matter of motives, it is also inadmissible and subject of condemnation any kind of insult of Muslims’ or any other religion’s sacred religious [values]. Consequences of such actions may turn disastrous not only for a country, but for entire region and the world and it should be realized well by everyone,” reads Georgian Patriarchate’s statement released on January 17.

“The state is obliged to protect limits to freedom of expression in order to defend internationally recognized other human rights. We also note that the Christian tradition has always entailed peaceful and good neighborly relations with communities of other culture and religion,” the Georgian Orthodox Church said.

The statement reads that “indecent and cynical insult of religious feelings publicly, as well as blasphemy represent subject of criminal punishment in almost all EU-member states.”

At least 14 EU member states maintain criminal blasphemy or religious insult laws, according to the Vienna-based watchdog International Press Institute (IPI), which also reported about growing calls in the EU to repeal these laws following deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

After this attack, the head of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Ilia II, sent a letter of condolence to French President François Hollande, condemning the terrorist act and saying that “leading democratic states and international organizations should spare no effort for carrying out preventive measures and to make the public more safe.”

In late 2013 the Interior Ministry-proposed draft law was offering adding “insult of religious feelings” clause to the code of administrative offenses, but the proposal was dropped.

Latest News
17 Jan.'18 18:56
Three Pankisi Gorge Residents Questioned
Georgian State Security Service questioned three individuals for alleged ties with terrorism suspects.
17 Jan.'18 16:16
NATO Military Committee Holds Session on Georgia
Georgia’s progress on its defense reform and Substantial NATO-Georgia Package were discussed.
17 Jan.'18 12:41
Georgian, Latvian Parliaments Sign Strategic Partnership Memorandum
Georgian Parliament Speaker held talks with his Latvian counterpart, Foreign and Economy Ministers.
16 Jan.'18 17:53
CSOs Urge Parliament to Uphold Presidential Objections to Broadcasting Law
A group of thirty-six civil society organizations released a statement on the controversial GPB-related bill.
16 Jan.'18 16:28
The Weekly Tripwire - Issue 22
Civil.ge’s news digest covering developments in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia.
16 Jan.'18 12:59
NDI-Commissioned Public Opinion Survey
Support for EU membership 72%, for NATO membership 64%.
16 Jan.'18 10:35
Freedom House: Georgia Remains ‘Partly Free’
Georgia’s rating in both political rights and civil liberties categories remained unchanged.
15 Jan.'18 18:36
President Vetoes Changes to Broadcasting Law
The bill, approved by the Parliament last month, envisages further expansion of powers of the GPB.
15 Jan.'18 15:56
Sixteen Polling Stations to Open in Abkhazia for Russia’s Presidential Election
Raul Khajimba and Semyon Grigoriev held a meeting to discuss organizational details of the upcoming polls.
15 Jan.'18 12:01
EU Calls for ‘Thorough, Transparent’ Investigation over Mukhtarli Case
Azerbaijani journalist, who was allegedly kidnapped from Georgia, was sentenced to six years in prison.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2018, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
58