UN Human Rights High Commissioner Unhappy About Selective Approach towards Religious Minorities in Georgia
On May 18-22, 2014 the United Nations Human Rights High Commissioner, Navi Pillay, visited Georgia. During her visit she met the President, Prime Minister, and Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Justice, Internal Affairs, among others. The aim of the High Commissioner’s visit was to discuss the human rights situation in Georgia. On May 21 Levon Isakhanyan, the Head of the Legal Department of the Armenian Diocese in Georgia, informed the Commissioner about the discrimination in the field of restitution of property confiscated from religious minorities during the Soviet era. In response the Commissioner stressed that she was very unhappy about the selective approach towards religious minorities in Georgia and urged authorities to honor their international obligations. She further stressed the importance of implementing the anti-discriminatory provisions which exist in the Georgian Constitution.
On May 22, Giorgi Kopadze, who is the candidate for mayor nominated by Georgia’s ruling “Georgian Dream” political party, as well as Armenian and Georgian candidates for Members of Parliament visited the Armenian Youth Educational and Cultural Center in Akhaltsikhe.
At the youth center, the candidates for mayor and Member of Parliament had a meeting with the local Armenians and presented their political platforms.
Candidate for mayor nominated by the “Georgian Dream” political party Georgi Kopadze said his party has several programs for the city’s prosperity and the modernization of infrastructures. According to him, for the first time in Akhaltsikhe, Armenians are represented as majoritarian MP candidates.
In his speech, Kopadze also informed the gathered that when he attended the commemorative events organized by the local Armenians on April 24th (Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day), he had a meeting with the city’s Armenian clergyman and promised that if elected, he would make sure the road leading to the local Armenian Church would be asphalted.
On behalf of the Armenians of Akhaltsikhe and the local youth center, Eduard Ayvazyan and the Armenian MP candidates presented the following demands of the Armenians to Giorgi Kopadze:
1. Refoundation of the Armenian kindergarten in the building of the local Armenian school, which is very necessary for the Armenians of Akhalts ... »»»