Human Rights Day: EU announces €2.5 mln for new project in Georgia

Today the world marks Human Rights Day. Photo: EU press office., 10 Dec 2020 - 13:57, Tbilisi,Georgia

On Human Rights Day today the EU has announced a new three-year project in Georgia together with UNDP Georgia and the Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to bolster human rights all over the country. 

Georgian state institutions, Public Defender’s Office, State Inspector’s Office and local authorities will be involved in the project. 

 The EU representation in Georgia said that the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and its socio-economic consequences ‘impact negatively on the upholding of human rights, deepen pre-existing inequalities and increase the pressure on persons in vulnerable situations.’

EU is ready to work with our Georgian partners to address identified vulnerabilities and to mitigate further risks.Our commitment to upholding human rights in Georgia is as strong as ever.  This week we are announcing five new projects, including under our EU4 Human Rights programme,” said the statement. 

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia thanked the country's friends and allies for their support generally and during the pandemic. 

We have taken several important steps, legislative and practical steps, to ensure further and better protection of human rights. I want to thank our supporters for their continued assistance during the pandemic to maintain achievements for human rights and cope with new challenges,” Gakharia said. 

He stated that ensuring human rights remains a key priority for the Georgian Dream government.