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Refugee Mothers - Georgia 

The author of this series “Refugee-mothers, Georgia, 2008” is Mariam Amurvelashvili – a Georgian photographer. This photo series won 1st prize in an international photography competition “The socio-economic situation of women from Central Asia and Eastern Europe” carry out by KARAT Coalition. Those photos depict women in the refugee camps in Georgia after military conflict between Georgia and Russia in 2008. As a...

MRG at the UN Forum on Minority Issues 

The video contains the statement given by Carl Soderbergh, MRG’s Director of Policy and Communications, at the 3rd UN Forum on Minority Issues. He points out the exclusion of minorities from the Millennium Development Goals and expresses MRG’s particular concern for minority women, many of whom suffer multiple discrimination. To read the full statement click here"In parts of Europe, Roma face very serious discrimination in employment...

Minorities speak at the UN: Georgia 

Ilona Kochoy, from the Union of Kurdish Youth of Georgia, spoke at the UN Forum on Minority Issues highlighting the situation of Kurdish minorities, with reference to work and social security. To read her full speech, click here.  “Some of the representatives of the Kurdish community have been fired, as they tried to protest together with the trade unions, which also unfortunately have low...

Demolition of Armenian Church’s bell tower in Tbilisi, Georgia 

On the morning of May 14, 2012 the bell tower of the Surb Nshan Armenian Church was demolished. The 1703 church is situated on Vertshkhli Street in Tbilisi, and its walls were painted by eminent Armenian painters Hovnatanyans. Over a long period of time the Church’s bell tower has been in emergency conditions. A while ago the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of...

Europe: Corporate abuse flows along BP’s oil pipeline  

Early in 2011, the UK government ruled that a BP-led oil consortium was not carrying out the human rights responsibilities of multinational companies in its operations on the controversial Baku–Tbilisi–Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline. The 1,770 km pipeline runs from offshore oil fields in the Caspian Sea near Azerbaijan’s capital Baku, to Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, and on to the port of Ceyhan on...

Georgia: Armenian political prisoners Armen Gevorgyan and Ruben Shekoyan released from prison 

In October 2010, as a result of false accusations, well-known figures of the Armenian community of Adjara, Armen Gevorgyan and Ruben Shekoyan, were arrested without evidence and sentenced to 11 years in prison.In accordance with the Law on Amnesty adopted in December 2012 by the Parliament of the Republic of Georgia, on January 13, along with other 190 prisoners Armen Gevorgyan and Ruben Shekoyan...

Georgia: Armenian political prisoners Vahagn Chakhalyan released from prison 

Diocese of Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Holy Church in Georgia Press release / 24 January 2013 On January 24, 2012 Armenian political prisoner from Samtskhe-Javakheti Vahagn Chakhalyan has been released from prison.After the change of power in the country and in accordance with the Law on Amnesty adopted in December 2012 by the Parliament of the Republic of Georgia, renowned Armenian activist, valiant...

MRG Podcast: May 2013 

Welcome to Minority Rights Group International’s podcast. We’ve been away for a while, but now we’re back, bringing you new stories from the communities we work with around the world.This month, we hear why UK actress and comedian Meera Syal supports our work, talk to a Yezidi Kurd from Georgia, and listen to mesmerising sounds from Mali inspired by traditional hunting songs....

Georgia: Bishop Rusudan Gotsiridze speaks at the 6th UN Forum on Minority Issues 

Bishop Rusudan Gotsiridze of the Evangelist Baptist Church of Georgia spoke at the 6th Forum on Minority Issues on 26 November.Her intervention raised the issue of recent discrimination and attacks on religious minorities in Georgia and the failure of the authorities to provide adequate protection.Watch her speech in full below:...

Ukraine: Crimean Tatars are being neglected 

While the world press is debating whether or not ethnic Russians in Crimea are under threat and need the protection of the Russian Federation, Crimean Tatars are being neglected. Crimea is getting ready for a referendum, its outcome is obvious – the Russian minority, which in fact is a majority of Crimea’s population, will vote for joining the Russian Federation.The first time I encountered...

Georgia: Photo exhibition highlights fragile Dukhobor culture 

On 20th of March, 2014 Europe House hosted a photo exhibition entitled “Dukhobors in Georgia” by the famous Georgian photographer Natela Grigalashvili. The exhibition was held within the framework of the Regional Art and Culture project in the South Caucasus. The Dukhobors are a Russian ethno-religious group that has inhabited the Ninotsminda municipality of the Samtskhe Javakheti region of Georgia, bordering with...

Georgia: More voices against intolerance needed 

Author wants to thank for their contribution to Tamta Mikeladze (Human Rights Monitoring and Education Center, Georgia and Andrew Smith, Legal officer at Article 19, UK). Violent incidents against religious minorities have been persistent within the last two years in Georgia. In many incidents, police have failed to protect minorities from violence and discrimination, and have repressed minority protests with excessive use of...



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