President of Georgia signs anti-discrimination amendment

Submitted by LGBT Georgia

April 20, TBILISI – Mikheil Saakashvili, President of Georgia has signed legislative amendment that addresses the intolerance and discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity in the Criminal Code of Georgia. The legislative change that has been initiated as a response to the recommendations from European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) initially only included race, religion, ethnicity, nationality and language as discriminatory factors.

Worth noting that Members of the Parliament took into consideration the joint recommendation of “LGBT Georgia” and “Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association” about expanding the list of the discriminatory grounds and adopted the edition jointly proposed by the two organizations. As the result the final version reads:
“Committing a crime on the grounds of intolerance of race, skin colour, language, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity, age, religion, political and other views, disabilities, national, ethnic or social belonging, origin, economic status or position, place of residence or other discriminatory ground is an aggravating factor for all relevant crimes addressed in this code.”

LGBT Georgia welcomes the decision of President Mikheil Saakashvili and expresses its hope about the practical implementation of the amendment.


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