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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Mistakes of the Government in Relation to Muslim Population
Natia Gogolashvili, interviewed chairman of the Union of Georgian Muslims Tariel Nakaidze to find out what problems Georgian Muslims have; which regions are particularly problematic and what human rights situation of Muslim community is in Georgia nowadays.
Mosque damaged in 2007 and investigation launched in 2014
Natia Gogolashvili,

“On the place, we found the mosque destroyed. The roof was removed and ceiling damaged; two rows of the carved stones removed. The stones above and on both sides of the main entrance were also removed. When you enter the mosque, you immediately guess that in the past the village used it as a cattle and pig shed,” it is an extract from the explanation letter of Tariel Nakaidze, Chairman of Georgian Muslim Union, where he described the incident that occurred in Plate village, Adigeni district in 2007.
Tchela and Mokhe – Two Dangerous Sites of Religious Controversy
Natia Gogolashvili,

“Incidents in Tchela caused incidents in Mokhe,” Mamuka Vashakmadze, Mufti of Samtskhe-Javakheti Region, evaluated the recent developments in the villages of Adigeni municipality. He said unless the government makes fair decision about the problem, the situation will get even tenser. On the other side, Orthodox citizens speak about the “threat of Turkish expansion” and claim that “if similar situation continues, it might end up in bloodshed.” Monitoring group of Human Rights Center arrived at the place to learn the details of the controversy.
Tolerance and Fears of Religious Majority
Natia Gogolashvili,

How much tolerant we are and whether Georgian state equally guarantees protection of the right to faith and freedom of religion for everybody? How people are protected from the discrimination according to their ethnicity, race, skin color, sexual orientation? How are women protected from violence, people with disabilities from degrading treatment?
Controversy in the village Mokhe
Giorgi Janelidze, 

There is a conflict between Muslim and Orthodox Georgians in the village Mokhe in Adigeni district. The reason for the conflict is a half-ruined building, where the local administration planned to open a library. Muslims claimed it was a mosque in the past, and that if a library starts functioning there it will insult their religious feelings. The building was being reconstructed at the same time as a protest rally of the local population was finding place, which finally resulted in the police arresting several protesters. The monitoring group of the Public Defender’s Office reported that the patrol police officers exceeded their power when detaining the participants of this peaceful demonstration.
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This article is available only in Georgian.
Civil Georgia

Bishop Rusudan Gotsiridze of the Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia is among those ten awardees across the globe, who have been selected as winners of the U.S. Secretary of State’s annual International Women of Courage Award.
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