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Report Data - Georgia - 2017

Official Data

Year Hate crimes recorded by police Prosecuted Sentenced About these data
2018 344 151 58
2017 86 44 11
2016 42 42 15
2015 22 5 5
2014 19 7 8

Hate crimes recorded by police

National developments

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.

ODIHR Recommendations 

ODIHR observes that Georgia has not made public reliable data and statistics on hate crimes.

National Developments 
Description Type 
Developments
Organization Report 

The Chief Prosecutor's Office of Georgia has continued implementing the Prosecutors and Hate Crime Training (PAHCT) programme, based on a MoU signed with ODIHR in 2016.

The Chief Prosecutor's Office of Georgia has begun implementing a development strategy for 2017 – 2021, containing a section on countering discrimination and hate crimes. The strategy envisions the elaboration of recommendations on crimes committed with religious biases, the introduction of specialized hate crime prosecutors within the Prosecutor's Office, and increasing public awareness of hate crimes, including through the publication of notable cases on the official webpage of Prosecutor's Office.

In January 2018, the Human Rights Protection and Monitoring Department was established in the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia, which monitors hate crimes and oversees the initial stages of investigation.

Bias Motivation 
Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

This category consists of eight hate crimes targeting Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

This category includes twelve hate crimes motivated by bias against sexual orientation and 37 crimes committed on the basis of gender identity.