Religions

in Georgia

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27.01.2016
Orthodox Christian Woman Forbidden to Take Care of Sakuneti Mosque
“There is Saint George’s Church here. People come and give alms to the church. Once, on the St. George’s Holiday, a man from Atskuri village brought a sheep and sacrificed to the church. Then he heard a voice in the dream – “have I offended you?” and next day he come and sacrificed the sheep to the Mosque too,” you will hear many similar stories in Sakuneti village from locals, the Mosque and Orthodox Church are located several meters away from each other. The church is functioning but the mosque is abandoned. In 2012 the Sakuneti village mosque received status of the cultural heritage. According to the inscription it was constructed in 1927.
22.01.2016
Meeting with the Director General of the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia
On January 18, representatives of Human Rights Center met the Director General of the National Agency for Culture Heritage Preservation of Georgia Nikoloz Antidze. The meeting was organized in the frame of the project “Preservation of Cultural Heritage of Religious Minorities in Georgia”, which is implemented by Human Rights Center. The project aims to raise public awareness about the conditions of historical sites of religious worships in Georgia.
16.01.2016
Issue of Ownership over the Kutaisi Holly Annunciation Church Is Still Unresolved
Nowadays, there are five historical churches in Georgia which the Catholic Church claims as theirs though all of them now belong to the Georgian Orthodox Church. The disputed churches are located in Kutaisi, Gori, Batumi, Ivlita (Akhaltsikhe municipality) and Ude (Adigeni municipality).

30.12.2015
Armenian Apostolic Church Expects Registration of Saint Echmiadzin and Saint Gevork Churches after Restoration
There several ten acting churches including small chapels of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Georgia. Before 1930s, the churches belonged to Armenian parish but afterwards the Communist government seized them like from other confessions. Religious services were conducted only two churches in Tbilisi – Saint Echmiadzin and Saint Gevork Churches. 
21.12.2015
Oni Synagogue Is Still Closed
“In 1950 officers of the State Security Ministry found the Synagogue door locked from inside when they arrived in Oni. However, they heard children’s cry from the synagogue and understood that a lot of children were inside. Locals were gathered in the street and told the guests that Jewish and Georgian mothers together with their children locked inside the synagogue to protect it from closing. Such a bravery of the Georgian and Jewish women saved the Synagogue from deconstruction,” it is one of the heroic stories associated with Jewish and Georgian people, who protected the synagogue in Oni. 
14.12.2015
იეჰოვას მოწმეების სამეფო დარბაზს თბილისში მეორედ ესროლეს
ვაზისუბანში მდებარე იეჰოვას მოწმეების სამეფო დარბაზი ბოლო 5 დღის განმავლობაში უკვე მეორედ ცეცხლსასროლი იარაღით დააზიანეს.
22.06.2015
რელიგიის ისტორიის სწავლა და რელიგიის შესწავლა
თამარ მოსიაშვილი, 
თარიღი: 19 მაისი 2015

,,იყო დრო, როცა ფიქრობდნენ, რომ იქ, სადა ერთისა და იმავე სახელმწიფოს ერნი სხვადასხვა წესით ადიდებენ ღმერთსა, ერთობა სახელმწიფოსი ვერ იხეირებსო და დაირღვევაო. რეფორმაციამ დაამტკიცა, რომ ეგ აზრი მარტო უმეცრების ნაყოფია: დაამტკიცა, რომ ერთსა და იმავე სახელმწიფოში ძალიან კარგად მოთავსდება სხვადასხვაობა სარწმუნოებისა და ერთობის კავშირის საძირკვლიდამ ერთს
ქვასაც ვერ გამოაცლის".
22.04.2015
რწმენის უფლება
აღდგომა მოდის და სკოლაში სააღდგომო პროექტებზე მუშაობაა გაჩაღებული: ბავშვები სათამაშო კვერცხებს ათასგვარად რთავენ, ხორბალს თესავენ, მუშაობენ სადღესასწაულო კედლის გაზეთზე... პატარებს ბიბლიური ისტორიების მოსმენაც ძალიან უყვართ. თუმცა გამოგიტყდებით, ყველაზე მეტად რელიგიური თემატიკის თხზულებების წაკითხვა მიჭირს. არ მინდა, პატარების ჯერ კიდევ გაუაზრებელ რწმენას შევეხო, ამიტომ მაქსიმალურად ვცდილობ, ბიბლიური ისტორიები ყოველგვარი გადაჭარბებული ემოციის გარეშე წავიკითხო.
12.02.2015
The problem of hate speech in Georgian media – Training by Human Rights Centre
Natia Gogolashvili 

On February 7, Human Rights Center organized one-day training about hate speech in its Gurjaani office.  The training was organized in the frame of Human Rights Centre’s project Promoting Freedom of Religion in Georgia. The project is implemented with financial support of the Canadian Embassy in Turkey. The training was organized for journalists, lawyers, students and representatives of religious minorities. Media-trainer Salome Achba conducted the one-day course on hate speech for participants. 
09.01.2015
Government does not respond to persecution of Jehovah Witnesses
  Natia Gogolashvili, humanrights.ge

Attacks on places of religious rituals, public pressure and violence, discrimination, harassment and abuse - the rights of Jehovah Witnesses in Georgia are still being violated. According to the report presented by the religious organization of Jehovah Witnesses, in 2013, there were 53 cases of violence against Jehovah's Witnesses. From January to August 2014,  25 facts of physical assaults were observed, among them one accident ended with the death of the victim person.
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