The Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association (GYLA) reported three assaults carried out by groups: a physical assault carried out against an Imam as he entered his mosque; a case of physical assault and threats against Muslim worshippers, during which a Koran was desecrated; and an incident of threats against an Imam and his wife, who was also physically assaulted.
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Report Data - Georgia - 2013
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, the Women’s Initiatives Supporting Group (WISG), ILGA-Europe and the Georgian Young Lawyers Association (GYLA) reported one attack carried out by a group during an event marking the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, in which the perpetrators spat and threw stones at attendees and supporters of the event, causing serious injuries to some participants. Identoba and WISG reported three separate physical assaults against one gay man. Identoba and GYLA reported one attack involving several physical assaults against three transgender women in a bar and a series of threats against three staff members of Identoba. WISG and GYLA reported a further two physical assaults, one of which caused serious injury, carried out by groups against a total of four gay men, as well as four incidents of threats. Identoba reported a further nine physical assaults, including five resulting in serious injuries and two carried out by groups. The victims included a gay man, three transgender women, one of whom was attacked by 25 people, and a gay man and transgender woman who both needed surgery as a result of their injuries.
The European Association of Jehovah's Christian Witnesses / Jehovah’s Witnesses – Georgia reported two physical assaults causing serious injuries, 19 other physical assaults, three incidents of threats, 20 incidents of damage to property and one incident of graffiti.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported three incidents of physical assault against worshippers in a mosque, and one case of threats and physical assault against an imam.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported 17 incidents against Jehovah’s witnesses, including nine physical assaults and threats and six cases of damage to property.
The Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe recommended that Georgia effectively investigate hate crimes against LGBT persons, take bias motive into account as an aggravating circumstance in criminal proceedings, as provided for in the law, and mete out punishment commensurate to the gravity of the offence.
ODIHR observes that Georgia has not reported on hate crimes separately from cases of hate speech and/or discrimination.