Online: ECMI Caucasus report on freedom of religion in Georgia and Armenia

Paata Zakareishvili, Georgian State Minister for ReintegrationFreedom of Religion in Georgia and Armenia is now online. This conference report is a result of the May Regional Conference on Freedom of Religion or Belief.

On May 29-30, a Regional Conference on Freedom of Religion or Belief took place in Tbilisi, Georgia. The preface of the report that is now online is by Angèle Samura, Charge d’affaires ad interim of the Dutch Embassy of Georgia, while the main contents are conference papers, contributions, and discussions covered by the following titles:

  • Conference Report: Freedom of Religion in Georgia and ArmeniaIntroduction [to the conference and to Armenia and Georgia’s approaches to religious freedom]
  • Freedom of religion or belief in the South Caucasus
  • International standards related to freedom of religion or belief
  • Discussing norms and standards related to freedom of religion or belief
  • Commitments of Armenia to freedom of religion or belief, freedom of expression, participation in public and political life
  • Analysis of legal issues related to the Armenian Diocese in Georgia
  • Concerns of religious organizations in Georgia: places of worship and the discrimination of the right to freedom of religion of Muslim Georgians
  • The situation of religious organizations in Armenia
  • Discussing implementation of freedom of religion or belief standards in Georgia and Armenia
  • The “but”-policy of the Georgian state
  • Identity, ignorance and fear
  • Conditions related to the protection of religious freedom in Georgia
  • Rights and opportunities of religious organizations in Armenia
  • Discussing relationship between religious minorities and the Georgian orthodox Church
  • Recommendations of the Council of Religions to the Georgian government on respecting freedom of religion or belief
  • The way forward – concluding remarks

The report, Freedom of Religion in Georgia and Armenia, is edited by European Centre for Minority Issues Caucasus Director Ewa Chylinski and Denola Chkhartishvili.

The Regional Conference on Freedom of Religion or Belief was organized by the Embassy of The Netherlands to Georgia, the UN Office of The High Commissioner for Human Rights and the European Centre for Minority Issues Caucasus.

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