Zaza Vashakmadze

Chairperson of the State Agency for Religious IssuesZazaa

In 1996, Mr. Vashakmadze graduated from the Faculty of Law at the Tbilisi Humanitarian Institute. In 1996-1998, he completed a program on International Relations and Diplomacy at the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. In 2010, Mr. Vashakmadze received his Master of Arts in Canonical Law and History from the St. Andrew the First-Called Georgian University at the Patriarchate of Georgia. Since 2011, Mr. Vashakmadze has been a PhD Student at the same University.

From 1996 to 2013, Mr. Vashakmadze practiced law. Between 2009 and 2013, he taught courses on religion and law, canonical law, international law, and citizenship and democracy at various Georgian universities.

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On October 14, 2014, the representatives of the Armenian community of Georgia met with Mr. Zaza Vashakmadze, Chairperson of the State Agency for Religious Issues. The meeting took place at the Hayartun Center in Tbilisi.

The meeting was dedicated to the state policies towards religious organizations in Georgia.
Mr. Vashakmadze highlighted the Georgian Government’s resolution concerning partial reparations for damages inflicted upon religious entities during the Soviet regime. The guest mentioned about separate agreements to be signed with each of the religious organizations in the country that include the Armenian Apostolic Church, the Roman Catholic Church, the Jewish Community, and the Muslim Community.

Mr. Vashakmadze noted that the State is determined to address problems related to religious organizations. In this context, the State will take into consideration the interests of all religious organizations within the framework of legitimate interests of the Georgian State. He stressed that the belonging of churches would be closely examined and recognized as Orthodox, Armenian Apostolic, or Roman Catholic, accordingly.

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