Human rights

CoE human rights commissioner meets reconciliation and interior ministers –

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović continued her visit to Georgia, meeting Reconciliation Minister Tea Akhvlediani, Interior Minister Vakhtang Gomelauri and Vice President Archil Talakvadze.

The Ministry of Reconciliation said today that Commissioner Mijatović and Minister Akhvlediani spoke about security issues, human rights and the humanitarian situation in Russian-occupied Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia.

After the meeting, Minister Akhvlediani said that she had particularly focused on ethnic discrimination in the occupied Gali and Akhalgori districts, respectively in the Georgian-majority regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region/ South Ossetia.

“We highlighted the restrictions imposed on teaching in the mother tongue and on access to private property,” she underlined.

The Minister of Reconciliation also referred to the arbitrary detentions of Georgian citizens by the Russian occupying forces and the restrictions on freedom of movement, which, according to her, “cost the life and health of several Georgian citizens”.

On February 23, the Ministry of the Interior declared Commissioner Mijatović and Minister Gomelauri the Ministry’s human rights policies, including its measures to combat crimes committed on grounds of discrimination.

The rights situation in the occupied regions, as well as the human rights reforms by the Georgian Parliament, featured prominently during the Commissioner’s meeting with Deputy Speaker of Parliament Archil Talakvadze on 23 February, according to the press release of the Georgian Parliament.

MP Talakvadze said he briefed the Georgian reform leader on labor rights and safety, environmental protection and elimination of discrimination and violence against women.

The meeting was also attended by Deputy Chairman Levan Ioseliani of the Citizens’ Party and Mikheil Sarjveladze, Chairman of the Committee on Human Rights and Civil Integration.

As part of the trip to Georgia, the CoE Commissioner also met Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili, Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and Public Defender Nino Lomjaria.

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