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What is a Public Defender (Ombudsman)?
The Public Defender (ombudsman) is the constitutional institute, which supervises protection of human rights and freedoms within the territory of Georgia, reveals the facts of violations, and facilitates restoration of violated rights.

When to apply to the Public Defender (Ombudsman)?
You can apply for redress to the Public Defender when your (or someone else's) rights and freedoms are in the process of being or have been violated under the Georgian Constitution and/or law and/or international treaties and covenants to which Georgia is the party. Violation of rights may occur by the actions of government officials, representatives of state authority, local self governing bodies, state establishments, NGOs, enterprises, officials and legal entities. The Public Defender is not entitled to review an application or claim on which he has already made a decision unless presented with a different set of facts and circumstances about the claim.

How can the Ombudsman help me?
If your rights are violated, the Public Defender can:
• Send recommendations to the state body, official or legal person, whose actions violated your rights;
• If the Public Defender feels a crime has been committed, submit materials possessed by him to the investigating unit;
• Submit proposals to relevant agencies regarding disciplinary or administrative procedures of its employees whose action(s) violated your rights and freedoms;
• Inform mass media about violations of human rights and freedoms;
• Publish information on violations of human rights in special reports and annual reports.

Is the assistance provided by the Public Defender (Ombudsman) free of charge?
The application and the claim are not taxed. The service provided by the Public Defender to the interested party is free of charge.

Where can I apply to the Public Defender with my complaint?
The following offices of the Public Defender are available throughout the Georgia for this purpose:

Tbilisi
6 Nino Ramishvili Street , Tbilisi 0179 Georgia
Tel.: +99532 2234499 / 2913814 / 2913815 / 2913841 / 2913842 / 2913843 / 2913875 / 2913876 / 2913877
Fax: +99532 2913841
E-mail: info@ombudsman.ge

Ozurgeti
14 Chavchavadze Street
Tel.: 0496 27 30 53
Mob.: 593 44 44 27

Batumi
9 Mazniashvili Street
Tel.: 0422 27 05 44
Mob.: 595 80 78 43

Kutaisi
18 Rustaveli Street
Tel.: 0431 25 33 50
Mob.: 577 55 33 81

Zugdidi
58 Kostava Street
Tel.: 0415 22 36 11
Mob.: 595 52 53 56

Gori
1 Sameba Street
Tel.: 0370 27 05 49
Mob.: 551 66 14 77

Akhalkalaki
4 Chavchavadze street
Tel.: 0362 22 32 83
Mob.: 577 12 27 70 ; 591 96 88 82

Marneuli
51 Rustaveli Street
Tel.: 0357 22 19 70
Mob.: 595 52 53 57

Telavi
3 Cholokashvili Street
Mob: 591 88 35 38
Tel.: 0350 27 99 27

Zemo Svaneti
Mestia Seti Square N19
596 17 41 41

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