The meeting of Ms. Kiladze with the British Diplomat

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Tuesday, 10 January 2017 13:01

The Chair of the Human Rights and Civil Integration Committee, Sofo Kiladze held the first  introductory working meeting with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, H.E. Justin McKenzie Smith.
The parties discussed bilateral relations, future cooperation and communication, as well as the role of the Parliaments. “It is important for the Parliament to be active in terms of legislative initiatives and to participate in construction of state institutional guarantees”, - S. Kiladze noted.
The Ambassador expressed commitment for cooperation with the Parliament in terms of enactment of the legislative and control mechanisms.

Eka Beselia participated in PACE Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights

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Thursday, 15 December 2016 16:13

Paris hosts the sitting of the PACE Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights participated by the Chair of the Legal Issues Committee, Eka BeseliaThe PACE Committee considered various relevant issues, including: 25 years of the Committee on Torture Prevention, achievements and need of improvement; abuse of Interpol system – further severe legal guarantees; immunity of international organizations towards jurisdiction and rights of their employees; provision of free relations of the convicts with the lawyers etc.
The Committee discussed the responses by the Committee of Ministers to the recommendations issued by the Legal Affairs Committee. The part of the recommendations concerned transparency and openness of European institutions.
The Committee considered and adopted the draft report on compliance of the arbitration of investor states with human rights in international agreements on investment protection.
The Committee endorsed the Minutes of the Sitting held on October 10-13, 2016 in Strasbourg. Simultaneously, the conferences, meetings and workshops were held.

Human Rights, Civil Integration,Regional Policy,Self-Government, Environmental Protection Committees's sitting

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Thursday, 15 December 2016 16:09

The assignments of the consuming agencies and various Ministries will be reduced with 40 ml GEL as a result of reduction of administrative expenditures and the mobilized resources will be directed to universal healthcare program as envisaged under the State Budget 2016.
According to the Deputy-Finance Minister, Giorgi Kakauridze, the Budget 2016 has been developed in November, 2015. Deriving from some circumstances revealed upon implementation of the Budget, the incomes and taxes shall become necessarily to be specified. The resources structure to be obtained in capacity of the loan has been changed and the taxes inflicted within the projects funded by donor sources shall be reflected in the Budget.  The Committees severally supported the draft.
The Regional Policy and Self-Government Committee considered the Letter-Agreement of the Change N1 to the Financial Agreement between Georgia and EBRD of August 20, 2013 (Water Infrastructure Restoration Project II). The draft envisages implementation of sub-projects in Samegrelo, Imereti, Racha-Lechkhumi, Guria, Shida Kartli and Kakheti regions in view of improvement of water supply and sewerage efficiency, service, public healthcare and environmental protection. The Committee supported the draft.

Democratic development and human rights-Parliamentary Session

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Monday, 12 December 2016 16:22

First of all, Mr. Kobakhidze emphasized democratic development and human rights being one of the main priorities and challenges. He noted that the current standard shall be maintained and further increased. “We have a long way to the Western standards as in democratic traditions, so in human rights terms and we have much to do to maximize the standard and approximate to the ultimate goal – I mean the Western standards. Our task is to achieve the highest standards in human rights protection and democracy sphere”.

The meeting of Sofo Kiladze with the Head of the Council of Europe Office in Georgia

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Friday, 09 December 2016 12:55

The Chair of the Human Rights and Civil Integration Committee, Ms. Sofo Kiladze held the introductory meeting with the Head of the Council of Europe Office in Georgia, Mr. Christian Urse.
The parties discussed the role of CoE and support to Georgia and noted importance of CoE support and obligations of Georgia in terms of implementation with high human rights protection standards.
“CoE, in terms of human rights protection, is one of the leading organizations in Georgia. Our state has obtained the greatest support indeed from CoE as in legal so in human rights direction. Our Committee will do its best to further enhance cooperation”, - S. Kiladze stated.

The sitting of the Human Rights and Civil Integration Committee

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Monday, 21 November 2016 17:55

The Committee elected the Deputies and developed the Regulation. Gedevan Popkhadze was elected as the First Deputy and Rati Ionatashvili and Giorgi Tughushi as the Deputies.
The Committee is composed of: Savanan Mirzoev, Ruslan Poghosian, Koba Lursmanashvili, Eka Beselia, Otar Chrdileli, Pati Khalvashi, Enzel Mkoian, Levan Bezhanidze, Irma Inashvili, Elene Khoshtaria, Sergo Ratiani, Sergi Kapanadze.
According to the Chair, Sofio Kiladze, the Committee will continue maintenance of high standards and enhancement of human rights and civil integration issues. She spoke about the role of minority in development of democracy. “I would like to underline that the role of minority is important in development of democracy, pluralism is important for democracy. We will constructively cooperate with the Patriots and UNM”.

Georgia: EU reports on human rights, media freedom and anti-fraud measures

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Wednesday, 26 October 2016 16:25
The European Union and the Council of Europe (CoE) will present the mid-term results of projects for Eastern Partnership countries to media in Tbilisi on 28 October. Representatives from Georgian government, EU Delegation to Georgia and Programmatic Cooperation Framework will present the progress of eight country-specific projects for Georgia.
Project leaders will highlight achievements in the application of the European Convention on Human Rights, healthcare and human rights in prisons, freedom and pluralism of media, internet freedom, combating money laundering and terrorism financing, support to the Georgian Bar Association, as well as electoral assistance and integration of national minorities. 
These projects are carried out in Georgia under the Programmatic Cooperation Framework 2015-2017 which is funded by the EU and the Council of Europe, and implemented by the Council of Europe. The total budget of the projects in Georgia is 3.6 million euros. In addition to these country-specific projects, Georgia also participates in 14 regional initiatives covering all Eastern Partnership.
The EU-Council of Europe Programmatic Co-operation Framework aims to provide extensive and substantial expertise on strengthening the capacity of institutions in the six Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) to implement domestic reforms. It also aims to bring the countries closer to CoE and EU standards in the fields of human rights, democracy and the rule of law, and improve the lives of citizens. The EU’s contribution to the PCF is EUR 30 million.

Moldova: EU and Council of Europe showcase achievements in justice and human rights

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016 09:56
The European Union and Council of Europe today presented in Chisinau the mid-term results of their joint projects for Eastern Partnership countries, with a special focus on Moldova.
The four country-specific projects under the EU-CoE Programmatic Cooperation Framework (PCF) in 2015-2017 focus on supporting national efforts to prevent and combat discrimination, strengthening the efficiency of justice, reinforcing respect for human rights in the implementation of the country’s digital agenda, as well as cooperation on electoral matters. The media were also told of the results of 14 regional initiatives rolled out in Eastern Partnership countries, in which Moldova was also involved.
The projects are funded by the European Union (90%), and co-financed (10%) and implemented by the Council of Europe. Their total budget is EUR 2.4 million.
The EU-Council of Europe Programmatic Co-operation Framework aims to provide extensive and substantial expertise on strengthening the capacity of institutions in the six Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) to implement domestic reforms. It also aims to bring the countries closer to EoE and EU standards in the fields of human rights, democracy and the rule of law, and improve the lives of citizens. The EU’s contribution to the PCF is EUR 30 million. 

German Foreign Minister: ‘Human rights are and must remain non-negotiable’

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Friday, 14 October 2016 09:54

“Human rights are and must remain non-negotiable,” German Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told parliamentarians today at PACE’s plenary session in Strasbourg. “They are not just an instrument to be used when it suits on the road to peace. They are in fact the cornerstone on which a functioning international order needs to be built.”
“There is no paradox between standing up for human rights and the aim of foreign-policy stability or efforts to balance interests between states. On the contrary, they go hand in hand,” he pointed out.
The world currently seems to be “out of joint”, the Minister said, citing wars and conflicts on Europe’s doorstep, the unlawful annexation of Crimea by Russia, forces undermining EU cohesion - most recently in the Brexit referendum – as well as growing social tension in many European states.
“That is precisely why the Council of Europe is so important,” he continued. “After all, it gives us - the 47 member states and no less than 800 million people - a human rights cornerstone. A shared, binding canon. And it gives us an insight into the human rights situation in our countries. It looks behind the scenes.”
“The Parliamentary Assembly has always been the place in the Council of Europe where political discussions about the most pressing issues of our time take place – especially in times of rising tension and conflict.”
“Regarding Russia, I hope that through our endeavours to bring about a peaceful solution to the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, we will reach a situation in the medium term that will allow Russian delegates to take part again in sessions of the Parliamentary Assembly and its work. Clearly, Russia, too, must do its part,” said Mr Steinmeier. However, members of parliament elected to the Duma from the illegally annexed region of Crimea can not be accepted at PACE, he said.
“Dialogue and parliamentary understanding are important – there is no doubt of that – but only when they remain loyal to the constitution of the Council of Europe, that is, its statutes, aims and values.”
Finally, the Foreign Minister paid tribute to the constructive role the Council of Europe played - and should continue to play - with respect to the difficult situation in Turkey

EU and CoE enhance capacity of judges and legal professionals in Azerbaijan

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Thursday, 28 July 2016 11:10
Freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and association were the focus of two training sessions for lawyers and judges held in the Azerbaijani capital Baku last week. The event gathered 32 members of the country’s Collegium of Advocates and 21 judges from first instance courts in Baku and outside to enhance their knowledge on Articles 10 and 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights and the relevant case law of the European Court of Human Rights.
The event was organised by two projects that fall under the Programmatic Co-operation Framework for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe (EU/CoE PCF).
The joint EU/CoE PCF aims to provide extensive and substantial expertise on strengthening the capacity of institutions in the six Eastern Partnership countries to implement domestic reforms and bring them closer to Council of Europe and European Union standards in the fields of human rights, democracy and the rule of law, and improve the lives of citizens. The EU’s contribution to the PCF is EUR 30 million.
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