Public attitudes toward LGBTQI people in Georgia are changing, yet the protection and realization of their rights remain a challenge
The United Nations and the Government of Sweden unveil research on human rights, legal protection and public attitudes toward the LGBTQI community in Georgia
TBILISI. 6 May 2022 – The LGBTQI people remain one of the least protected and most marginalized social groups in Georgia. They face discrimination and violence, while the protection and realization of their rights remain a challenge. Yet, recent research reveals that negative public attitudes toward the LGBTQI community have been decreasing in the last five years.
A series of studies were conducted by Georgia’s Public Defender’s Office and the non-governmental organization ‘Women’s Initiatives Support Group’ (WISG) with assistance from the Government of Sweden and the United Nations through its three agencies – UN Women, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
The research reviews international standards in protecting LGBTQI rights and Georgia’s commitments in this area. It analyses the legal environment and widespread practices and examines public attitudes toward LGBTQI people in Georgia. The research also includes recommendations for specific state agencies.
The research findings point out positive changes in public attitudes in the last five years. Since 2016, the number of respondents who think that the LGBTQI community is interested in propaganda, and not in achieving equality, has decreased by 20.6 percent (55.9 percent in 2021 compared to almost 78 percent in 2016). The number of people with an extremely negative attitude toward the LGBTQI community and its human rights defenders dropped by around 20 percent and now hovers around 56 percent.
However, the research also captures the negative perception of the LGBTQI community in Georgia’s society. 48.2 percent of the respondents believe that LGBTQI people are fighting for privileges. 39.5 percent are convinced that the rights of the LGBTQI community are fully protected. At the same time, 38.6 percent note inadequate state response to the acts of violence and discrimination faced by the LGBTQI people.
The research was conducted under the UN Joint Programme for Gender Equality, a Sweden-funded initiative implemented by UN Women, UNDP and UNFPA. Its reports are available on the UNDP website
Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia met Peter Hultqvist, Minister of Defense of the Kingdom of Sweden today.
Meeting was focused on the friendly and partnerly relations existing between the two countries, particularly in the field of defense. It was highlighted that the 30TH Anniversary of diplomatic relations restored between Georgia and Kingdom of Sweden is celebrated in 2022, which once again evidences the solid partnership of the two nations.
Also, dignitaries discussed the official EU Membership Application filed by Georgia. The Prime Minister underlined the special importance of support from allies in this process. According to Irakli Garibashvili, Georgia appreciates the Swedish support towards the irreversible EU integration and European reform agenda.
Peter Hultqvist reassured the Prime Minister of Georgia in the support of the Kingdom of Sweden towards the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia.
Meeting held at the Government Administration was also devoted to the discussion of military activities currently witnessed in Ukraine. It was noted that Georgia demonstrates political support and solidarity towards Ukraine, inter alia in the international formats. Role of maximum efforts of the international community was stressed as a way of ending the war in the earliest possible manner.
Meeting was attended by the H.E. Ulrik Tideström, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Sweden to Georgia; Johan Lagerlof, Director of Defense Policy Department and Juansher Burchuladze, Minister of Defense of Georgia.
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We should provide important assistance to the conflict-affected population and enact an instrument needed for a dialogue and de-escalation of the conflict - the OSCE Chairperson-in-OfficeWednesday, 17 February 2021 15:44
"Georgia is a strong partner of OSCE in resolving conflicts, as well as within the OSCE concept of security encompassing 3 dimensions”- the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Sweden, Ann Linde said following her meeting with the Georgian Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, David Zalkaliani.
According to the Swedish diplomat, Georgia and OSCE should play an important role in establishing peace and security in the region. She reaffirmed strong support for Georgia’s constructive participation in this significant effort.
Ann Linde stressed that active engagement in Russia-Georgia conflict resolution process is one of the key priorities of the Swedish chairmanship of OSCE.
In her words, the challenges facing the European security should be resolved by adhering to OSCE principles and commitments, as well as through dialogue and engagement. “OSCE has long been playing an important role in Georgia through its active engagement in the Geneva International Discussions and the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism. We hope that we can provide an important assistance to the conflict-affected population and enact an instrument needed for a dialogue and de-escalation of the conflict and strengthen the democratic institutions of Georgia” - Ann Linde said.
According to Ann Linde, the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for the South Caucasus, Co-chair of the Geneva International Discussions, Annika Söder will play an important role in this regard.
Within the framework of her visit to Georgia, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office will hold meetings with the Georgian President, Salome Zourabichvili, Speaker of Parliament, Archil Talakvadze, the Georgian PM, Giorgi Gakharia. Ann Linde is also to visit the village of Khurvaleti.
The delegation of Ministry of Defence of Georgia, under the leadership of Minister Levan Izoria, visited the Riksdag - the national legislature of the Kingdom of Sweden on the second day of the visit in Sweden. Allan Widman, Chairman of the Swedish national parliament's Committee on Defense hosted the Georgian delegation members in the Parliament.
Levan Izoria briefed the legislators about the ongoing defence transformation in Defence Ministry and highlighted his vision for the strategic development of defence sector. Minister underlined the initiative regarding intensification of defence cooperation with Georgia in the format of Scandinavian and Baltic countries. NATO-Georgia relations, the projects led under the aegis of NATO, Defence Readiness Program and Georgia`s participation in international missions were highlighted during discussions. According to Minister, the consultations with Swedish experts is important for the successful implementation of the reforms and provides the Georgian military with a good opportunity of sharing Swedish experience including in the field of military education.
The sides referred to bilateral cooperation plans in defence area and underlined the current bilateral partnership in various directions. Levan Izoria confirmed the readiness of the Georgian side to deepen partnership with the Kingdom of Sweden. In parallel to Georgia`s Euro-Atlantic aspirations, the active engagement of Georgia`s partner nations in the implementation of the projects under the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package is critically important. Minister accentuated the importance of Swedish experts` involvement in the Joint NATO-Georgia Trainings and Evaluation Centre in terms of sharing their experience with Georgian colleagues from February 2017.
During the meeting held in the Swedish Parliament, the topics of the discussion included Enhanced Opportunities Initiative format adopted at the Wales Summit. Georgia and Sweden are the members of this initiative. The sides outlined that the both countries will take part in political consultations and strategic discussions on a regular basis.
By visiting the legislative organ, the Riksdag, the MoD delegation finished the official visit in Scandinavian countries. From tomorrow, the Georgian delegation will leave for Estonia to hold official meetings there.
The Parliamentary Delegation of Georgia serves the visit to Strasbourg to participate in PACE winter session. Simultaneously, Georgian MPs hold the high rank meetings. Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, Ms. Sofio Katsarava and the Deputy, Mr. Dimitri Tskitishvili held the meeting with the Members of the Parliament of Sweden. The parties discussed bilateral relations and cooperation within PACE format.
As Ms. Katsarava stated, Parliament of Georgia hosts the Foreign Affairs Committee of Swedish Parliament in February. “We discussed cooperation within PACE format and emphasized enhancement and enlargement of bilateral relations. We also introduced our vision and particular plans”, - S. Katsarava stated.
According to D. Tskitishvili, the parties discussed enactment of the Parliamentary Friendship Group activity to further facilitate enhancement of bilateral relations. The parties also touched upon multilateral cooperation between the countries. “We had the meeting with the representatives of Swedish Social-Democratic Party in PACE. We discussed the number of issues, and first of all cooperation and coordination of activity in multilateral format to in inter-support terms, ensure inclusion of the issues important for us into the CoE reports and resolutions. We also spoke about bilateral relations and noted that enhancement of relations with Sweden is of utmost important to ensure cooperation cover various issues and become more dynamic. We plan to intensify Friendship Groups, which will be one of the additional instruments in Georgia-Sweden cooperation enhancement. There is multitude of issues, including economic and social development, political, gender, environmental protection etc. Sweden is a model in lots of the issues not only for us but for the Europe as well” – D. Tskitishvili stated.
The Parliamentary Delegation is headed by the First Deputy Chairperson, Ms. Tamar Chugoshvili. The Delegation is composed of: Sofio Katsarava, Dimitri Tskitishvili, Nino Goguadze, Irine Pruidze, Zviad Kvachantiradze, Eka Beselia, Giorgi Kandelaki and Gela Mikadze.
The President of Georgia has met with the newly appointed ambassadors, who will Head the Diplomatic Missions of the country in Armenia, Egypt, Sweden, Finland, and India. The corresponding decree was issued by the President, on June 20.
Mr. Giorgi Saganelidze will start fulfilling the official duties on the position of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Republic of Armenia from the 1st of July. Mr. Alexandre Nalbandov will also assume the office from the 1st of July as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Arab Republic of Egypt, Mr. Malkhaz Kakabadze as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Kingdom of Sweden and the Republic of Finland, while Archil Dzuliashvili as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Republic of India.
The newly appointed Ambassadors have introduced their visions to the President of Georgia on their future activities and on reinforcing diplomatic relations and enhancing cooperation with the mission states.
The President and the Ambassadors also discussed current developments in Georgia and the situation in the region in general. The President of Georgia wished them success in their future endeavors.
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Republic of Armenia Mr. Giorgi Saganelidze has started working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1998 year.
During 2005-2008 and 2013-2015 years he served as Georgian Envoy to the Republic of Armenia.
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Arab Republic of Egypt Mr. Alexander Nalbandov, in 2008-2010, was worked as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. From May 2, 2011, until May 1, 2014, he was served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Slovak Republic, as well as the Republic of Slovenia, while in 2014-2016 years worked as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Slovak Republic. In 2014 year, Mr. Alexander Nalbandov was awarded with the highest diplomatic rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.
In 1990 – 1998 years, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Kingdom of Sweden and the Republic of Finland Mr. Malkhaz Kakabadze was served as the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. During 1998-2000 years was the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Russian Federation, while in 2000-2004 years worked as the Minister of Special Affairs of Georgia. In 1993 year, Mr. Malkhaz Kakabadze was awarded with the diplomatic rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Republic of India Mr. Archil Dzuliashvili started work in 1995 year at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where worked in leading positions for a long time. During 2011-2016 was served as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Arab Republic of Egypt, while since 2016 year serves as an ambassador-at-large. In 2015 years Mr. Archil Dzuliashvili was awarded with the highest diplomatic rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.