Vladimir Shkolnikov

Senior Human rights Advisor for the South Caucasus of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights


Mr. Vladimir Shkolnikov is the Senior Human Rights Adviser to Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in the South Caucasus. In 2008-2011, Mr. Shkolnikov held a number of senior positions in the civil society sector. From 2004 to 2008, he served as the Head of Democratization Department at the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Between 1995 and 2004, Mr. Shkolnikov was an Adviser on migration and freedom of movement at the same organization. In 1989-1995, he was a Resident Research Consultant at RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California (CA), USA.

In 1987, Mr. Shkolnikov received a Bachelor’s degree with Honors in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the California State University, Sacramento, CA, and obtained a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine, CA. In 1991, Mr. Shkolnikov earned his second Master’s degree in Public Policy Analysis from RAND Graduate School of Policy Studies in Santa Monica, CA. In 1995, Mr. Shkolnikov obtained his Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis from the same institution.



9 March, 2014, in the Cultural, Educational and Youth centre “Hayartun” representatives of Armenian community of Georgia met Vladimir Shkolnikov, the senior advisor of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in South Caucasus. The theme of the meeting was the analysis of the ethnic minority rights in Georgia through the prism of the UN Human Rights machinery.

The meeting was organized within the framework of the project Political participation through dialogue supported by the Open Society – Georgia Foundation. The site of the project: http://www.ardzagank.ge/

Mr. Shkolnikov presented some recommendations to the audience, which were addressed to the government of Georgia by various UN agencies, working in the sphere of Human Rights. He also mentioned recommendations, presented to the Georgian authorities by the representatives of a number of states during the presentation of the comprehensive report on the position of Human Rights in the country by Georgia (Universal Periodic Review). The guest noted that Georgian authorities were recommended to address the issue of restitution of confiscated property of religious minorities in the Soviet period. According to his words government is responsible for the realization of Human Rights. However he pointed out that for the effective usage of the UN agencies on Human Rights civil society should be active and take the initiative.

There were raised issues by the representatives of the Armenian society in Georgia, connected with the restitution of the confiscated property of the Armenian Diocese of Georgia in the Soviet period, systematic closing of the Armenian schools during the rule of the United National Movement, political prisoners etc.



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