The South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation reported one incident in which a Jehovah’s Witness was physically assaulted by three men and another incident in which two Jehovah’s Witnesses suffered knife wounds in a physical assault by a group of five men.
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Report Data - Georgia - 2011
The Chief Prosecutor's Office of Georgia has continued implementing the Prosecutors and Hate Crime Training (PAHCT) programme, based on an MoU signed with ODIHR in 2016. Four trainings on the effective investigation of hate crimes were conducted for 65 prosecutors and investigators of the prosecution service.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs set up a Human Rights Protection and Investigation Quality Monitoring Department. It aims to ensure a timely response on hate crime incidents and the efficient investigation of such crimes. The Ministry of Internal Affairs has also developed methodological guidelines on hate crime investigation, which are now being operationalized. Furthermore, a training course on "discrimination-based" crimes was developed and delivered to 50 investigators.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs, Chief Prosecutor's Office and the Supreme Court of Georgia collect and process statistical data in line with their internal guidelines. The implementation of a methodology on collecting statistical data on hate crimes is planned for 2020, in co-operation with the Council of Europe.
Identoba reported the physical assault of a gay man by a group of ten people and the physical assault of a gay man by his family.
The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) recommended that Georgia amend legislation to ensure racist motivation is considered an aggravating circumstance for all crimes; conduct awareness-raising campaigns on criminal laws on hate crime; deliver training for the criminal justice system (police, prosecutors and judges); and collect disaggregated hate crime data.
Adopted amendments to the criminal code, which expands on previous hate crime laws, authorize courts, when imposing a sentence, to consider the commission of an offence on the basis of bias motivation on such grounds as "race, colour, language, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, political or other opinion, disability, nationality, citizenship, ethnic or social origin" among other factors, as an aggravating circumstance for all relevant crimes in the criminal code.