Events

thuesday, 16 April, 2024

The Training Center of Justice Launches a New Project - Georgian Language Online Course

The Training Center of Justice unveiled this free course, aimed at all individuals interested in mastering Georgian and fostering its wider use.

Deputy Minister of Justice, Tornike Cheishvili, underscored the project's significance, particularly for diaspora members and ethnic minorities, during his presentation.

"At the Ministry of Justice, ensuring accessible state services is a top priority. Thus, enabling citizens to access these services without language barriers is crucial. That's why we've developed the first-ever online Georgian language course and a corresponding web platform at the Training Center of Justice. This initiative will empower citizens to learn Georgian, facilitating smoother communication when accessing services," Deputy Minister Cheishvili explained.

The Georgian language online course, spearheaded by the Training Center of Justice, received financial support from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the German government. The Digital Governance Agency of the Ministry of Justice has crafted an online training platform accessible through https://eacademy.tcj.gov.ge/, offering course content in English, Armenian, Azerbaijani, and Ukrainian.

Comprising 20 comprehensive lessons, the course caters specifically to non-Georgian speakers. Upon completion, participants receive a certificate. The project's beneficiaries encompass:

  • Members of Georgian diasporas worldwide
  • Ethnic minorities within Georgia
  • Asylum seekers in Georgia
  • Individuals holding refugee or humanitarian status
  • Those aspiring to attain Georgian citizenship
  • Foreign nationals with a keen interest in Georgian culture

The event was attended by the Deputy Ministers of Justice; representatives of the executive government; Representatives of UNDP, State Language Department, German Embassy in Georgia, the Training Center of Justice and other invited guests.

Friday, 12 April, 2024

Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze, Meets with Head of Armenian Parliament's Friendship Group, Ruben Rubenianjavascript: switch_lang(1);

During the meeting, Minister Rati Bregadze highlighted the pivotal role played by the Friendship Group, which operates between the parliaments of Georgia and the Republic of Armenia, in fostering robust ties between the two nations. He emphasized the regularity of thematic meetings held annually within this framework.

Bregadze further emphasized the significance of the 5th Legal Forum, noting its enhanced representation from both countries. The forum, attended by numerous legal professionals, reaffirms the enduring relevance of such platforms. Moreover, it serves as a valuable conduit for sharing best practices and fostering sectoral cooperation between the Ministries of Justice of Georgia and Armenia.

This week, the Ministry of Justice also hosted an inter-agency delegation from Armenia in Tbilisi. During the visit, Georgia shared its experiences regarding its journey towards closer ties with the European Union and ongoing dialogue concerning visa liberalization.

At the end of the meeting, Rati Bregadze wished Ruben Rubenian success in deepening the political dialogue with the European Union. The Minister expressed his readiness to share with his Armenian colleagues all the experiences and achieved results that Georgia has undergone in the process of rapprochement with the European Union.

Concluding the meeting, Minister Bregadze extended his best wishes to Ruben Rubenian for the successful deepening of political dialogue with the European Union. He expressed Georgia's readiness to collaborate with Armenian counterparts, offering to share experiences and achievements garnered throughout Georgia's EU rapprochement process.

The meeting was also attended by the Deputy Minister of Justice and Georgia's Ambassador to the Republic of Armenia, Giorgi Sharvashidze.

Thursday, 11 April, 2024

Yerevan is hosting the 5th Armenian-Georgian Legal Forum

The fifth legal forum was opened by the Ministers of Justice of Georgia and Armenia. During the inaugural session, the Ministers elaborated on the significant reforms and accomplishments aimed at fortifying the rule of law within their respective nations.

Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze, underscored the pivotal strides taken towards enhancing the independence of the justice system. Furthermore, he emphasized the vital role of legal practitioners in bolstering the rule of law. Noteworthy among the reforms highlighted were innovative advancements within the Ministry of Justice, particularly in the realms of penitentiary and probation systems. Additionally, Minister Bregadze underscored sophisticated approaches to state service provision, aimed at fostering the growth and advancement of legal domains. These efforts include active engagement with the scientific community and academia in the formulation of legislative frameworks.

The legal forum stands as an exemplary platform for fostering collaboration among representatives from ministries of justice, investigative bodies, legal professionals, arbitration institutions, and other legal entities from both nations. It serves as a forum for deepening cooperation, exchanging experiences, and deliberating on specific initiatives.

Key figures from the Georgian Government Administration, Special Penitentiary Service, Personal Data Protection Service, Association of Mediators, Association of Lawyers, and Legal Aid Service are participating in the event. Along with thee Deputy Minister of Justice and representatives from the Ministry.

The legal forum is slated to span over two days.

thuesday, 09 April, 2024

Georgia Secures Landmark Victory against Russia in Strasbourg Court on "Continuous Occupation Case"

In a significant ruling, the Strasbourg Court has delivered a decisive verdict in the interstate dispute titled "Georgia v. Russia (IV)" – commonly known as the "continuous occupation case". The court has held Russia fully accountable for egregious human rights violations, including harassment, detention, assaults, and killings of the Georgian populace in the occupied territories and along the occupation line and official tolerance of indicated crimes. These atrocities unfold against the backdrop of the ongoing territorial occupation of Georgia and the practice of "borderization".

Today's judgment by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) underscores Georgia's territorial integrity and bolsters its sovereignty. According to the Strasbourg Court, Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region are universally recognized as integral parts of Georgia by the international community, rendering the process of "borderization" illegal. Consequently, any restrictions imposed by the de facto authorities under Russian occupation are deemed unlawful and incompatible with the European Convention. Furthermore, the European Court has found that the conditions of "borderization" systematically violate a range of fundamental rights, including the right to life, prohibition of torture and inhumane treatment, right to liberty and security, right to privacy and family life, property rights, educational rights, and freedom of movement.

Specifically, the Strasbourg Court's assessment highlights:

- Russia’s violation of the right to life (Article 2 of the European Convention) through the killing of ethnic Georgians along the occupation line, as well as their deaths while attempting to traverse the occupied territory for essential services like pensions or medical care;

- Inhumane treatment and detention conditions of ethnic Georgians detained along the occupation line as a breach of the prohibition of torture and ill-treatment (Article 3 of the European Convention);

- Any arrest or imprisonment of ethnic Georgians for crossing the occupation line constitutes a violation of the right to freedom and security (Article 5 of the European Convention);

- The restrictions imposed by installation of barbed wire and the process of "borderization", including limitations on movement, access to homes, property, and graves, continuously violate the rights to security of personal and family life (Article 8 of the European Convention), property rights (Article 1 of the European Convention and Article 1 of the Additional Protocol), and freedom of movement (Article 2 of the 4th Additional Protocol of the European Convention);

- The prohibition of education in the Georgian language in occupied Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region infringes upon the right to education in one's native language (Article 2 of the First Additional Protocol of the European Convention).

The European Court's decision unequivocally affirms that the Georgian language is the native language in Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region.

The Ministry of Justice of Georgia extends heartfelt congratulations to the entire nation on this historic victory and expresses gratitude to the state agencies, particularly the State Security Service, the General Prosecutor's Office, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs, for their diligent efforts during the evidence collection phase.

Wednesday, 03 April, 2024

Justice Auditorium Welcomes Head of the Special Penitentiary Service, Nika Tshvarashvili

In a public lecture held at the International University of the Caucasus, students delved into the ongoing reforms within the penitentiary system and the evolution of resocialization and rehabilitation programs. Nika Tshvarashvili illuminated the audience with insights into the innovative strides facilitated by the new Penal Code, significantly enhancing the rights and working conditions for both inmates and staff within the penitentiary framework.

Central to the discourse was the comprehensive access convicts now have to resocialization and rehabilitation programs throughout their sentences. This encompassed active participation in sports initiatives and educational opportunities provided by the Digital University, alongside employment programs aimed at fostering additional income streams.

Furthermore, the Special Penitentiary Service showcased its commitment with a repertoire of 12 specialized programs tailored for the resocialization and rehabilitation of minors. Emphasizing healthcare, the introduction of an online clinic ensures that any incarcerated individual can access medical services provided by civilian clinic professionals.

The event was also attended by Dean of the Law Faculty of Caucasus International University, Giorgi Khatidze.

The project was launched at Caucasus International University on March 14 of this year.

The Justice Auditorium serves as a vital platform, fostering dialogue and knowledge exchange among students and professionals keen on understanding the Ministry's mission and achievements. Through this initiative, the project aims to elevate awareness, inspire student initiatives, and cultivate interest in public service, including opportunities for recruitment within the Ministry of Justice.

The collaboration with civil society, academia, and aspiring legal professionals aligns seamlessly with the Ministry's goal of fostering broader community engagement and involvement in its endeavors.

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