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Building Shared Societies in Georgia

Building Shared Societies in Georgia

December 22, 2015

Club de Madrid Member Rexhep Meidani, President of the Republic of Albania (1997-2002), led the High-Level Mission to Georgia within the Shared Societies Project from 17 to 19 December 2015. This mission jointly organized by the Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development (CIPDD) came to Georgia after the Parliament adopted in 2014 an anti-discrimination law on “Elimination of All form of Discrimination” establishing mechanisms against discrimination.

During the mission, the Ministry of Reconciliation and Civic Equality launched the “State Strategy on Equality and Civil Integration” and the European Commission adopted the last progress report on the action plan on visa liberation for Georgia. In this context, the Club de Madrid mission sought to promote social inclusion through the vision of a Shared Society in a challenging time for Georgia.

On December 17, 2015, the mission met with the Public Defender of Georgia Ucha Nanuashvili who discussed about the situation of human rights in Georgia, as well as the ongoing and planned educational projects of the Public Defender’s Office. He also spoke about the goals and planned activities of the Public Defender’s Academy of Human Rights. The Public Defender confirmed that his institution will be a partner of the Club de Madrid for its shared society initiative in Georgia.

The Club de Madrid and CIPDD organized a roundtable with more than 27 civil society organisations from different ethnic and religious minorities about how to build and ensure a Shared Society in Georgia. President Mediani shared his experiences on the Albanian transition process to democracy highlighting that “Identity transition is one of the main challenges for Georgian society: a sociocultural transformation based on religious and ethnic cooperation". He also stressed that "the three pillars to build a Shared Society include cooperation, absence of discrimination and democratic participation”.

The mission also included bilateral meetings with, Patta Zakareishvili, Minister of Reconciliation and Civic Equality and representatives of Foreign Missions to the country including the European Union Delegation, Switzerland, Sweden, the Netherlands and the United States.  


The Shared Societies Project in Georgia

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