Giorgi Kvirikashvili: ‘The Government of Georgia has achieved important human rights progress over the past few years”

Georgian Vice Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili held a special briefing regarding the UN Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review. The Document contains information on the implemented reforms, as well as on the fulfilment of commitments undertaken by the Georgian Government towards the improvement of human rights situation in the country within the period from 2011 to date.
 
According to the Minister, the Report reflects a series of important steps the Georgian Government has taken towards ensuring the fundamental principles of human rights on the path towards building a truly European democratic state.
 
“The Review provides a clear proof of the progress Georgia has made over the past few years in its efforts to construct a democratic country,  in such important areas as judicial independence; penitentiary reforms; measures for the elimination of torture and inhuman treatment; providing media-friendly environment and media freedom; Juvenile justice reform and elaboration of the respective code; Promoting the integration of minorities into society and ensuring ethnic and cultural diversity in the country” – the Minister said.
 
According to Giorgi Kvirikashvili, the Review is of paramount importance also in terms of human rights protection in the occupied territories: the UN Member-States have unanimously reaffirmed the necessity of establishing international monitoring mechanisms in Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region.
 
“The fact that the Georgian Government has succeeded in making such a great progress over the past few years clearly deserves to be noted. It once again points to the Georgian Government’s efforts to construct a genuinely democratic European state, and the most important thing to me is that our European partners see and recognize this progress.
The delegation of the Georgian Government is grateful to all participating delegations for their points of view and recommendations. 71 UN Member States took part in this review.
 
We would also like to thank 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. 
 
It needs to be noted that two weeks ago Georgia was elected a member of the Human Rights Council for 2016-2018 term. We welcome the fact that Georgia has joined the high-level human rights structure where we will continue to uphold the fundamental principles of human rights” - the Minister said.
 
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 human rights situation in the country.
 
The UPR working group’s report, which will incorporate recommendations for Georgia is due to be approved on 12 November 2015.
 
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.