in Georgia is a new resource of the Human Rights Center (HRIDC) to highlight the issues related with the freedom of religion or belief and to promote development of the culture of tolerance and inter-religious dialogue. We are ready to cooperate with every religious group and to promote their freedom of faith.


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Parliament Passed the Law on the Protection of the Personal Data
Oto Dalakishvili, Davit Kanchashvili, netgazeti
The Law Which Protects and Makes Personal Data Public Simultaneously

On December 28, the Parliament of Georgia passed the draft-law on the protection of personal data on its special session with the third hearing and 88 MPs voted for it.
69% of Interviewed Respondents Disagree to Grant Status of Public Law Entity to Religious Unions

According to the NDI survey, 69% of the interviewed respondents (out of 48% of people who was aware about the amendment) disagree with the amendments to the Civil Code which grants status of Public Law Entity to all religious unions in Georgia.
Muslim Protest
Natia Rokva, Newspaper “Batumelebi”

Last week, hundreds Muslim people held a protest rally in front of the municipal board in the small town of Khulo. They blame the local government in breaching their religious rights. Based on the judgment of the Khelvachauri district court, the state seized those buildings from private owners which were rented by the charity foundation “Madli 2005”. “Madli 2005” had opened four schools in the Autonomous Republic of Adjara where people could learn the Muslim Religion.
Legal Status of Religious Confessions
Nino Dzandzava,

What legal status is granted to the various religious confessions in Georgia? What is the position of the acting religious confessions in Georgia with regard to their status? And finally, what are the OSCE recommendations to analyze the law on religion and faith?
Intimidation on Religious Grounds
Tamar Chkheidze,

The report given by the Public Defender of Georgia states: “crimes committed on religious grounds have not been properly qualified for the last two years.”
Children Vandalized Evangelist-Baptist Church
Gela Mtivlishvili,

In comparison with 2008-2009, incidents related to the restriction of freedom and intolerance on religious grounds has statistically decreased in 2010. However, several incidents have still been reported. On January 28, the Evangelist-Baptist Church was vandalized in the village of Akhalsopeli in Kvareli district. Church leader Marika Tskhadadze said that the police found the accused in the crime – they were pupils of the village public school.

On January 28, the Public Defender of Georgia made a statement regarding the vandalism that took place at the Evangelist-Baptist Church in the village of Akhalsopeli in Kvareli district.
Freedom of Religion Is More Restricted in Georgia
Gela Mtivlishvili,

According to the official information, from January 1 till the end of June of 2009, 21 facts of restricted freedom of religion and intolerance occurred in Georgia. Among them 20 cases were related with Jehovah Witnesses. Public Defender of Georgia Giorgi Tughushi thinks that in comparison to previous years the situation in freedom of religion has worsened. According to the public defender, increased number of restricted freedom of religion and intolerance is caused by inadequate reaction of the law enforcement bodies to similar incidents.
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