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Human Rights Center Educates and Supports Ethnic Villagers in the Shida Kartli Region

09 March 2018 Participants talking to HRC lawyers

On February 14, representatives of the Human Rights Center’s Tbilisi and Shida Kartli offices met with ethnic Azerbaijani citizens in the village of Ferma in Kaspi municipality, Shida Kartli region. The topic of the meeting was the rights of ethnic and religious minorities. Twenty-five persons, mostly ethnic minorities, attended the meeting that took place in a local villager’s house.

The HRC Executive Director presented the activities and goals of the project “Promote access to justice for women, religious and ethnic minorities in the regions of Georgia” which is supported by USAID/PROLoG and distributed booklets in Georgian and Russian that describe the project’s activities and legal aid possibilities for the specific target groups. The locals also received information about the rights of ethnic and religious minorities, which are guaranteed under the Constitution of Georgia, international conventions and national legislation.   

The participants of the meeting expressed their view that the authorities do not pay attention to the village. They said the ruling party thinks about them only during the election campaign when they need votes. They referred to the neighboring village of Mikeltskaro, also inhabited by Azerbaijani people, and said that the locals do not have a mosque as the government does not allow it. They also said that education is inadequate as there is only one school in the village Perma and it has only nine grades. The participants also complained about the low qualifications of the teachers, particularly about poor teaching of the Georgian language, and as a consequence they have to send their children to the schools in neighboring villages.  At the end of the meeting the HRC representatives promised to start working on the case of mosque construction in Mikeltskaro village, first by addressing the State Agency for Religious Issues and the local self-government body.

 

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