The UN Human Rights Council has reviewed the human rights progress in Georgia

The UN Human Rights Council has reviewed the human rights progress in Georgia
On 10 November 2015, in the framework of the UN Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review in Geneva, the Georgian delegation presented a report on the reforms and measures the Georgian Government has carried out since 2011 to improve the human rights situation in Georgia
71 Member States of the UN took part in the review of Georgia’s Report. They assessed the progress achieved by Georgia in the following areas:

  • Judicial Independence;
  • Penitentiary reforms;
  • Measures for the elimination of torture and inhuman treatment;
  • Adoption of anti-discrimination law;
  • Providing media-friendly environment and media freedom;
  • Juvenile justice reform and elaboration of the code;
  • Strengthening the free legal advice service;
  • National policy against domestic violence and violence against women;
  • Promoting the integration of minorities into society and ensuring ethnic and cultural diversity in the country;
  • Adoption of the General Administrative Code and improvement of access to public information.

The UN Member States recommended that the Georgian Government continue to carry out further reforms in the aforesaid areas.
The delegations gave particularly high assessment to the Human Rights Strategy adopted by the Georgian Government and the establishment of the Human Rights Council under the Georgian Prime Minister.
Georgia’s progress in the implementation of recommendations under the previous Review was also positively assessed.
Special emphasis was placed on the necessity of introducing international monitoring mechanisms in the occupied territories to ensure human rights protection.
Recommendations were made regarding the ways to address the challenges still facing Georgia. Special attention was paid to the protection of rights of women, children and people with disabilities; allocation of adequate resources for the Public Defender to ensure the effective implementation of anti-discriminatory legislation; creation of effective mechanisms for investigating alleged offences by representatives of the law enforcement agencies; accession to Human Rights Conventions to which Georgia is not yet a party.
The Georgian delegation made a clear statement in reaction to the Russian Federation’s statement regarding the occupied territories of Georgia.
The UPR working group’s report, which will incorporate all recommendations for Georgia is due to be approved on 12 November 2015.
Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Khatuna Totladze led the Georgian delegation during the Universal Periodic Review in Geneva, comprised of representatives from various respective authorities. The Report of Georgia was developed in coordination with the Georgian Foreign Ministry. The delegation of the Georgian Government is grateful to all participating delegations for their points of view and recommendations, as well as to all participants involved in this process including the Office of the Georgian Public Defender, non-governmental organisations, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN Development Programme for their interest in and contributions to the Report.  
The UN Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review is a new mechanism developed by the UN Human Rights Council to improve the human rights situation in the UN Member States. This mechanism involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States once every 4-5 years. Two weeks ago Georgia was elected a member of the Human Rights Council for 2016-2018 term.