The Georgian Young Lawyers Association and Human Rights Education and Monitoring Centre reported the theft of a cross from outside a church in Tsinstkaro.
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Report Data - Georgia - 2012
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 and the Women’s Initiative Supporting Group reported several serious physical assaults and threats against participants in a Pride event.
Identoba reported a further three physical assaults, including one against a boy after he revealed his sexuality; a series of assaults against a lesbian woman; and two cases of death threats against a man who is a well-known member of the gay community and the editor of Identoba’s online magazine. The Women’s Initiative Supporting Group reported a further serious physical assault against a girl.
Identoba launched an online hate crime reporting form that victims can use to report hate crime incidents anonymously.
ODIHR observes that Georgia has not reported on hate crimes separately from cases of hate speech and/or discrimination.
Georgia amended its criminal code to include gender identity and sexual orientation as protected characteristics. These additional characteristic apply to the general penalty enhancement provision.