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Interior Minister Reports on Drug Raids, Police Reform

On May 18, Interior Minister Giorgi Gakharia reported to the Parliament at the request of the European Georgia minority group, focusing on May 13 drug raids on Tbilisi’s top music clubs, as well as on reforms planned in the Ministry. In his 40-minute statement Minister Gakharia stressed the necessity of …

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Photo Story: On 17 May, Values Clash

On 17 May, Tbilisites were to make their choice in predominant values: either they marked the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), or walked in solidarity with mostly religious and conservative Georgians who celebrated the Day of Family Sanctity, slated by the Georgian Orthodox Church in 2014 to coincide …

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Gay Rights Activists Mark Anti-Homophobia Day

A group of approximately 250 gay rights activists and their sympathizers, holding rainbow flags and posters with messages against homophobic violence, gathered outside the Government administration in Tbilisi to mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT). The demonstrators assembled in the area at 7 pm today in their …

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Gay Rights Groups Cancel IDAHOT Rally

The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) will no longer be marked in Tbilisi, the Equality Movement, a Tbilisi-based LGBT rights organization, announced yesterday evening, after hours of tense negotiations with gay rights activists and partner organizations. The decision follows the announcement of several parallel rallies by the Georgian …

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Police Probe into Neo-Nazi Activists’ Calls for Violence

The Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs has launched an investigation into calls for violence by the Georgian National Unity, a Tbilisi-based group that positions itself as a “fascist” and “right wing national-socialist” organization. The police announcement follows the May 13 remarks of Giorgi Chelidze, the leader of the organization, voiced …

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Two Parallel Rallies Scheduled for May 17

Two parallel rallies are scheduled to take place in Tbilisi on May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO), – a symbolic date for both the Georgian Orthodox Church and the gay rights organizations and activists. The Orthodox parish, led by senior clerics, will gather at several locations …

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CSOs Slam Human Rights Committee Chair, Demand Her Resignation

Civil society groups and rights watchdogs have slammed MP Sopio Kiladze of the ruling Georgian Dream party, who also chairs the Parliament’s human rights committee, for her remarks concerning the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, and called on the Parliament of Georgia to uphold the rights of the vulnerable …

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Republican Party to Lobby Civil Partnership for Same Sex Couples

Presentation of the policy document, September 18, 2017. Photo: republicans.ge The Republican Party, a non-parliamentary opposition party in Georgia, is planning to propose and lobby to the Parliament a bill allowing civil partnership, a legally recognized relationship between two people of the same sex, the party announced on September 18 …

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Gay Rights Activists Assaulted, Briefly Detained

Levan Berianidze and Tornike Kusiani, senior activists of the Equality Movement, Tbilisi-based LGBT rights organization, were assaulted physically allegedly on a homophobic basis, first by unidentified persons, and then by police officers. The incident occurred early morning on August 25 in Batumi in western Georgia. According to the Equality Movement, …

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Police Launches Probe into Online Harassment Allegations

The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia launched investigation into online harassment claims, involving the organizers of the anti-immigration “March of the Georgians” rally, who have allegedly threatened to sexually assault Tatia Dolidze, Georgia’s youth delegate to the United Nations in 2016-2017. The Facebook conversation, initiated by Konstantine Morgoshia (candidate …

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Activists Mark Anti-Homophobia Day, Church Marches for ‘Family Purity’

A group of approximately 200 gay rights activists and supporters, holding rainbow flags and posters with messages against homophobic violence, gathered outside the Government building in Tbilisi on May 17 to mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. “Even though number of positive legislative amendments have been passed in …

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Georgia in CoE Annual Report on Democracy

Thorbjorn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, released his fourth annual report on the state of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Europe – “Populism – How Strong are Europe’s Checks and Balances?” – on April 20, 2017. Apart from other European countries, the report …

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President Blocks Referendum Bid on ‘Defining Marriage’

President Giorgi Margvelashvili announces decision rejecting referendum request in a presidential palace in Tbilisi, August 9, 2016. Photo: president’s office President Giorgi Margvelashvili has rejected petition for a referendum on defining marriage as union of a man and a woman, saying that this issue is already specified in the Georgian …

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Referendum Bid to ‘Define Marriage’ Moves Ahead

A group pushing for a referendum on defining marriage as union of a man and a woman – something that is already specified in the Georgian legislation – took a step closer to its goal after collecting over 200,000 signatures of citizens and now it’s up to the President, and …

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Group Pushes for Referendum to ‘Define Marriage’

Central Election Commission (CEC) gave the go-ahead on Sunday to the launch of procedures, which if completed, will lead to holding of a referendum on defining marriage as union of a man and a woman – something that is already specified in the Georgian legislation. CEC’s decision means that an …

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