On Combating against Discrimination, Its Prevention and State of Equality
As a result of signing the Association Agreement with the EU in 2014, Georgia undertook a commitment to gradually harmonize its legislation with the EU law, which resulted in adoption of the Law on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination by the Parliament of Georgia on May 2, 2014. The law granted the Public Defender the function to supervise and eliminate discrimination.
To perform the abovementioned function, the Public Defender carries out activities in four main directions:
- Survey of cases of discrimination;
- Development of legislative proposals;
- Conduction of awareness campaigns;
- Development of statistical data of facts of discrimination and publication of an annual special report.
The report covers the Public Defender's efforts in fight against discrimination carried out from the adoption of the law till August 2015.
The report reviews the procedures of acceptance of applications/complaints by the Public Defender and final decision-making. The report also covers the characteristics of collection of evidences, distribution of the burden of proof, submission of amicus curiae briefs and conduction of oral hearings for achieving agreement between the parties.
The report includes information about the legislative proposals aimed at increasing the Public Defender's efficiency in fight against discrimination, the trainings conducted within the framework of raising public awareness,as well as local and international trainings/workshops aimed at increasing the capacity of the Department of Equality of Public defender’s Office.