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The United Nations Geneva Office soon will have traditional Georgian qvevri to decorate its interior to mark the 70th anniversary of the UN foundation. The Georgian Government will present the UN Geneva office with a qvevri, which is included in the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list.

Publication date: 02.03.2016
 

Prime Minister of Georgia has launched an initiative for the establishment of the "Tbilisi Silk Road" Forum, an annual high level meeting of all interested states and international organizations. Tbilisi, the Capital of Georgia would gladly host such a gathering. 

Publication date: 28.07.2015
 

On July 16, 2015, the 6th GUAM-Japan Meeting was held in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. During this event, in particular, the Parties considered GUAM-Japan Cooperation Program. The results of the Meeting found their reflection in Press Statement of the 6th GUAM-Japan Meeting.

 

 

Publication date: 23.07.2015
 

On the 23rd of January 2015 Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, ratified the so called treaty on ‘alliance and strategic partnership’ signed between Moscow and the Abkhazian occupation regime in Sochi, on the 24th of November 2014.

Publication date: 27.01.2015
 

The Georgian Foreign Ministry wishes to express its deep concern over the attack at the Canadian Parliament on the 22nd of October killing a soldier standing guard at the National Memorial.

Publication date: 24.10.2014
 

On the 13th of October 2014, the draft text of a "Treaty between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Abkhazia on Alliance and Integration" was published on the websites of Abkhaz and other news agencies. According to these statements, the document was drafted by the Russian government and was submitted to the new Abkhaz occupation regime for the consideration.

Publication date: 21.10.2014
 

For detailed information regarding new visa regulations due to enter into force from the 1st of September 2014 visit our website at:https://www.geoconsul.gov.ge/en/aboutUs

Publication date: 01.09.2014
 

1.    GEORGIAN VISA ISSUING AUTHORITIES

According to the new law Georgian visas will be mainly issued in diplomatic missions or consular offices of Georgia abroad and in exceptional cases it can be issued at the state border.

The visas are issued at the state border in international legal or humanitarian or Georgian national interests, where an alien fails to meet the requirements and conditions for obtaining visa, on crew members of the ships standing in Georgian harbours, for persons arriving in Georgia to provide humanitarian assistance during life-threatening situations and situations hazardous to health and transit visas for transiting the territory of Georgia (five days) in order to enter a third country.

Publication date: 27.08.2014
 

7 August 2014 marks the sixth anniversary of Russia's aggression against Georgia and occupation of the territories of a sovereign, independent state. Six years after the August 2008 war, occupation forces still exercise effective control over the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali. As a consequence, fundamental rights of the local population are severely violated and the hundreds of thousands of victims of the several waves of ethnic cleansing are deprived of the right to safe and dignified return to the places of their original residence.

Publication date: 08.08.2014
 

Government of Georgia welcomes UN Human Rights Committee conclusions on Georgia; pledges to continue reforms and ensure justice and equality before the law

Tbilisi, 29 July 2014 - The government of Georgia on Tuesday welcomed the latest conclusions on Georgia adopted by the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations, which point to progress in Georgia's human rights record and urge continued reforms and efforts to end impunity.

"Over the last two years, Georgia has undertaken deep and comprehensive reforms to entrench democracy, human rights and the rule of law, and we are very pleased to see our efforts recognised and supported by this important UN body," said Minister of Justice Tea Tsulukiani.

"We welcome the recommendations included in the report, and pledge to pursue further reforms to ensure the full protection of human rights in Georgia, as well as accountability for past human rights violations," she added.

Adopted on 23 July, the conclusions of the 18 member expert panel welcome in particular the recent National Human Rights Strategy and Action Plan, anti-discrimination legislation, judicial reforms and new guarantees for freedom of assembly.

The Committee urges Georgia to continue reforms to ensure the full implementation of its new human rights policies and legislation, to accelerate further planned reforms to the judiciary system, and to pursue the investigation into past abuses.

The report expresses concern that a number of serious cases of violence, mistreatment, torture and abuse of power under the former regime "are still pending". These include "excessive use of force by law enforcement and/or prison officers", "torture and inhuman or degrading treatment", "the violent dispersal of peaceful demonstrations on 7 November 2007, 15 June 2009 and 3 January 2011" and assaults on journalists. The Committee also expresses concern about "the tens of thousands of complaints lodged with the Prosecutor's Office in relation to violations committed before the 2012 elections, including unfair trial, torture and ill-treatment and illegal expropriation." Georgia should, according to the Committee, "complete investigations into these cases without any undue delay, prosecute perpetrators and, if convicted, impose sanctions commensurate with the gravity of their acts, and provide victims with effective remedies."

According to Minister Tsulukiani, guaranteeing the rule of law and ending impunity has been a top governmental priority, but the sheer volume of cases and the need to ensure fair trials has caused delays.

"It was imperative to reform the justice system before we could start dealing with these cases. We needed to first ensure the independence judges and the full rights of defendants," said Ms. Tsulukiani.

The report acknowledges "the challenges faced by the State" and indeed urges that care be taken to "avoid [...] the appearance of political retribution." To address this concern, the Georgian government in 2012 decided to limit investigation and trials to only the most serious crimes at the highest levels and ensure full transparency, including cameras in the courtroom and extensive international and civil society oversight.

Publication date: 04.08.2014
 
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