Georgia regularly reports hate crime data to ODIHR. Georgia's Criminal Code includes general and specific penalty-enhancement provisions for hate crimes, as well as substantive offences. Georgia’s data do not report cases of discrimination and persecution separately. The Information-Analytical Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Central Administration of Prosecutors of the Ministry of Justice, the Statistical Office and the Supreme Court all collect hate crime statistics.
Forty-four detectives from police departments across Georgia participated in a three-day training on hate crime investigation. This training was held in co-operation with the Office of the Public Defender. The training focused on increasing understanding of hate crime, definitions of bias indicators, victim issues, hate crime legislation, and case studies.
ODIHR and the Chief Prosecutor's Office of Georgia signed an agreement to implement the Prosecutors and Hate Crime Training (PAHCT) programme. The Chief Prosecutor's Office, the Office of the Public Defender, the non-governmental Women's Initiatives Supportive Group (WISG) and the Ministry of Internal Affairs were involved in the design of the training materials. In addition, 50 prosecutors participated in a hate crime training organized by ODIHR and the Office of the Public Defender.
The Chief Prosecutor's Office of Georgia prepared a development strategy for 2017 - 2021. This strategy contains 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 observations published following a visit to Georgia, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe recommended that bias motive be consistently taken into account as an aggravating circumstance and that hate crimes receive punishment commensurate with the gravity of the offence.
ODIHR observes that Georgia has not made public reliable data and statistics on hate crimes.