Annual Review 2011
Equality and non-discrimination
- In 2011, Georgia was reviewed during the UN’s Universal Periodic Review process. However, no recommendations in relation to LGBT issues were made.
- The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in its Resolution 1801 (2011) on the honouring of obligations and commitments by Georgia stated that the authorities should “step up their efforts to fight any forms of intolerance and hate speech based on ethnicity, faith, gender or sexual orientation.”
Police and law enforcement
LGBT human rights defenders submitted a claim to the European Court of Human Rights alleging abuse of police power, inhuman and degrading treatment and discrimination, during a 2009 search of the offices of the Georgian LGBT NGO, Inclusive Foundation. The case, Aghdgomelashvili and Japaridze v Georgia (Application no. 7224/11), alleges that the officers used homophobic insults, handled the staff roughly, and strip-searched some of them, all as part of a search which served no legitimate purpose. The case argues that there were breaches of Articles 3, 8 and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.