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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.

 

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