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Arbitration Initiative Georgia

Arbitration Initiative Georgia

TDI Supports Ethnic and Religious Minorities in the Kvemo Kartli Region

09 March 2018 TDI representatives meeting with villagers at the mosque in Kvemo Bolnisi

On February 23, TDI representatives conducted meetings with local religious communities, civil society members and members of the community in the Kvemo Kartli region. The meetings were carried out within the USAID/PROLoG-funded project “Combating Discrimination on Religious, Ethnic and Racial Grounds.” The aim of the meetings was to introduce the project to representatives of local religious and ethnic groups, to offer free legal aid service, and to identify and analyze the problems and needs of religious and ethnic communities in the Kvemo Kartli region. The meetings were held in villages within Bolnisi Municipality (Savaneti, Talaveri and Kvemo Bolnisi) and in Marneuli municipality.

The villagers from Savaneti informed TDI that there was no mosque in their village, and that during religious holidays they had to attend mosques in the neighboring villages. They told TDI that several attempts had been made to restore the old mosque but without success. Villagers from Talaveri said that the construction of their mosque was delayed by clergy of the Orthodox Church, but that construction of the mosque was finally completed in 2013.

TDI also met with Muslim clerics and villagers in Kvemo Bolnisi, where the meeting was held in the local mosque. The participants referred to the social problems that exists in the region and expressed gratitude to TDI for its support.  

In Marneuli, TDI lawyers met with the head and members of the Muslim organization “Ahlibeyt Rasim Mammadov.” The topics discussed included the state policy towards religious communities, state funding of religious organizations, construction of religious buildings, reimbursement of damages caused during the Soviet occupation, and discrimination by the state on religious grounds. According to the Ahlibeyt representatives, the restitution of property confiscated from religious organizations during the Soviet period has become an especially acute issue, with the majority of confiscated mosques still under the state ownership. They asserted that the mosques have not been returned to religious associations due to the discriminatory policy of the state and incomplete legislation in this regard.

In Marneuli, TDI also met with Katja Bittel, the director of the non-profit organization “Dream Partner.” Dream Partner carries out charitable activities and offers foreign languages courses ​​(English and German), art and music to the youth in Marneuli. The issue of integration and the needs and challenges of the local population were discussed during the meeting.

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