On December 18, 2018 Ms. Elene Agladze, Deputy Permanent Representative of Georgia to the United Nations delivered a statement at the GA High-level plenary meeting on the twentieth anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
In her statement Ms. Agladze expressed Georgia’s strong belief in the vital role that human rights defenders play in democratic societies. According to Ms. Agladze, the government of Georgia is committed to ensure the accessible environment for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to freely operate and promote the protection of human rights in the country.
Deputy Permanent Representative of Georgia also highlighted the important role of national human rights institutions in the promotion and protection of human rights. It was mentioned that National human rights institution of Georgia – Public Defender’s Office is a constitutional institution, which supervises the protection of human rights and freedoms in Georgia, identifies human rights violations and contributes to the restoration of the violated rights and freedoms.
Ms. Agladze stressed that, regrettably, human rights defenders continue to face many challenges and often are the subject of reprisals. The challenge is particularly acute in the territories where the sovereign states are deprived of the opportunity to exercise effective control, namely the Russian occupied Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions of Georgia, where the human rights defenders are perpetrated and silenced for their criticism. Ms. Agladze underlined that the case of the civil activist Ms. Tamar Mearakishvili is the latest example of this alarming practice.
Full statement: GEO statement Elene.pdf