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Round Table on the Participation/Engagement of National Minorities in the Decision-Making Process

On 7 June 2019, the Council of National Minorities of the Public Defender of Georgia held a round table, the theme of which was: "Participation/Engagement of National Minorities in the Decision-Making Process".

"The Public Defender has been underlining the low involvement of national minorities in the decision-making process in the parliamentary reports for years. Of course, certain steps have been taken for integration, but we do not have a systemic progress. We cannot see representatives of national minorities on top positions in local self-governments or the central government. The purpose of our meeting today is to discuss how to overcome this problem," - Public Defender Nino Lomjaria said at the opening of the event.

Ketevan Tsikhelashvili, State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality, and Tamar Sirbiladze, Social Development Team Leader at the US Agency for International Development (USAID), also delivered speeches at the meeting.

Koba Chopliani, Coordinator of the Council of National Minorities of the Public Defender of Georgia, Zaur Khalilov, Head of the Civil Integration Foundation, and Giorgi Tumasiani, Head of the Peace Fund, discussed the challenges relating to the involvement of national minorities in the decision-making processes and the ways of solving the challenges.

Izabela Osipova, Executive Secretary of the Council, introduced the recommendations of the Council of National Minorities of the Public Defender of Georgia. Lia Gigauri, Deputy State Minister of Reconciliation and Civic Equality, and Anuki Burduli, Advisor at the Human Rights Secretariat of the Governmental Administration, introduced the state vision and policy.

The round table was organized by the USAID-funded Promoting Integration, Tolerance and Awareness (PITA) project of the UN Association of Georgia (UNAG).

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