In accordance with the authority granted by the Constitution of Georgia, the Public Defender studies the situation of human rights and freedoms on the territory of Georgia and responds to violations. One of the important priorities for the Public Defender, is to study and monitor the rights situation of the conflict-affected population, including those living on the occupied territories.
The aim of the Public Defender in this direction is:
- To study, protect and advocate the rights of the conflict-affected population;
- To raise awareness of human rights among the conflict-affected population;
- To spread information about the rights of conflict-affected population;
- To restore confidence between the communities split by conflicts.
In January 2014, South Ossetian Forum, a consultative and permanent body, was set up under the Public Defender's Office, which brings together representatives and activists of the Ossetian community of Georgia and which aims to protect the rights of ethnic Ossetians, build confidence and relations between the communities split by the armed conflicts and develop recommendations in this direction.
The Public Defender's Office has developed a strategy for 2016-2020 and an annual plan for 2016-2017 in order to effectively protect the rights of the conflict-affected population
Medea Turashvili, adviser to the Public Defender for human rights issues in the conflict-affected regions, consults the Public Defender about the issues of human rights in the conflict-affected regions; analyzes the human rights situation in the conflict-affected regions and develops recommendations; participates in the preparation of Public Defender’s reports, speeches and parliamentary reports; cooperates with governmental agencies and local international organizations in order to brief them of the Public Defender’s recommendations and activities relating to human rights issues in the conflict-affected regions.
Ketevan Akhobadze, legal expert on the rights of conflict-affected population, works to identify, document, study and legally respond to the violations of human rights of the conflict-affected population, including those living on the occupied territories and along the dividing line; participates in the preparation of surveys, Public Defender’s special and parliamentary reports; prepares recommendations, proposals and other documents about the rights situation of the conflict-affected population. The law exert is employed within the framework of the EU project “Support to the Public Defender’s Office”.