Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze Holds a Meeting with President of the European Court of Human Rights, Robert Spano at the Ministry of Justice
The Minister of Justice and the President of the European Court of Human Rights spoke about the perspective of the development of cooperation between Georgia and European structures. The meeting emphasized the special role of the Strasbourg Court in the development of human rights-oriented European democracy.
Mr. Spano supported the initiative of the Ministry of Justice, the implementation of which will give Georgian lawyers an additional practical opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the European Convention on Human Rights and the practice of the ECHR, which will be another step forward on the path to European integration. The parties have planned future projects in this direction, which will be implemented as a result of the cooperation between the Ministry of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
The meeting participants emphasized the positive trend of a sharp decrease in the ongoing disputes against Georgia in the Strasbourg Court. To date, only 130 individual complaints against Georgia are considered in the European Court of Human Rights, which represents a historical minimum for Georgia. The Minister of Justice thanked the President for the contribution of the ECHR to the protection of human rights in Georgia.
On behalf of the European Court of Human Rights, Head of the Secretariat of the 5th Section of the ECHR, Victor Soloveichik and Georgian judge of the European Court, Lado Chanturia also attended the meeting.
Georgian Delegation Presents to UN Human Rights Committee a Report on the Implemented Reforms
On July 5-6, 2022, the Georgian delegation, under the leadership of Deputy Minister of Justice, Beka Dzamashvili, presented to the United Nations Human Rights Committee the 5th periodic report of Georgia on the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
The Georgian party provided comprehensive information to the UN Human Rights Committee after hearing the previous periodical report - about the legislative and institutional reforms carried out by the state from 2014 to the present day, which are aimed at the effective provision of human rights in Georgia and the timely fulfillment of international obligations.
At the meeting of the Committee, the delegation of Georgia focused on the challenges of human rights protection in the occupied territories of Georgia. The members of the Committee were provided with detailed information on the historical decisions made by the European Court of Human Rights and the International Criminal Court in the Hague, which legally confirmed the fact of the Russian Federation's occupation of the territories of Georgia and their responsibility for the violations committed during the 2008 war.
The Georgian party also provided the members of the Committee with information on the reform of the judicial system; on the steps taken to strengthen the penitentiary system and law enforcement agencies; on anti-corruption measures; on ensuring freedom of expression and assembly; on electoral reform; on enforcement of anti-discrimination legislation; on the reforms carried out by Georgia to eliminate violence against women and ensure the protection of the rights of children and persons with disabilities.
Within the framework of the discussion, the Georgian delegation also answered the questions of the members of the UN Human Rights Committee on current issues in Georgia in terms of human rights protection. It is significant that the UN Human Rights Committee has positively assessed the mechanisms introduced by Georgia to ensure the implementation of the recommendations of the UN monitoring bodies. After the discussion, the recommendations of the Committee will be sent to the Georgian delegation in writing, and the report on their implementation will be sent in 2024.
The Georgian delegation included representatives of the following agencies of executive, legislative and judicial authorities:
The Government administration;
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
The Ministry of Internal Affairs;
The Ministry of IDPs from Occupied Territories, of Labor, Health and Social Protection;
Office of the Minister of State in Matters of Reconciliation and Civil Equality of Georgia;
The Supreme Council of Justice;
Tbilisi City Court;
The General Prosecutor's Office;
The State Security Service;
The Special Investigation Service;
The Personal Data Protection Service;
The Central Election Commission;
The National Communications Commission.
The 5th periodic report was prepared and sent in writing in 2020 with the coordination of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and the involvement of other state agencies.