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Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner: «it is clear the process of property restitution as it has taken place up until now has been marked by injustices and unfairness towards minority religious communities»

In response to the question concerning discrimination in the field of restitution of property confiscated from religious communities during the Soviet era, the COE Human Rights Commissioner mentioned that he discussed this issue with various religious organizations, NGOs, and the Georgian authorities. The Commissioner stressed that “it is clear the process of property restitution as it has taken place up until now has been marked by injustices and unfairness towards minority religious communities. I have learned that there is an ongoing process of discussion between the various religious groups and the Government on the restitution of property, and some progress has been made, for example, recently a Synagogue and a Lutheran church were restored to their congregations. Clearly much more needs to be done and it is clear that there are many churches that belonged to the Armenian Church that have not yet been restituted. I also receive reports that many of these buildings are cultural monuments that are on an advanced state of disrepair and that they should be protected as cultural monuments for all of Georgia. I was assured by the authorities that these issues are being addressed, I would like to see faster progress”.

 

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