CENSUS 2014 - Rapid Analysis
According the data revealed by Goestat of Census 2014 - number of ethnic minorities in Georgia has decreased from 16.22% in 2002 to 13.8% in 2014
ECMI Annual Report 2015
2015 was a year when Europe experienced yet another international shock to its perception as
a continent of peace and co-operation. While the previous years, and not least the Greek financial
crisis, had relegated minority-majority issues to a lower position on the international agenda,
the refugee and migrant influx in the second half of 2015 not only highlighted the tenuous cooperation
foundation, especially in the European Union (EU), but also brought minority issues back
front and centre on the European agenda.
At the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI), we also felt this changing order in the political
sphere. As a local actor, the ECMI has been active in the welcome activities in Flensburg, whereas at the
regional and international levels we have increasingly provided advice and knowledge on integration and
inter-cultural dialogue. The impact of new migration waves on national and ethnic minority protection is
a new dimension that our research teams began to address in 2015 and will examine closer in the
future (see our Annual Programme 2016).
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ECMI Annual Programme
The ECMI Caucasus programme in 2016 will address a number of new issues that
have arisen from developments in 2015, along with those of earlier times in need
of new perspectives. The key topics for the programme will oscillate between
practice-oriented research and project activities, feeding into each other and
providing deeper insights into developments of the region.
Anti-discrimination and equality issues are slowly gaining momentum in South
Caucasus. With legislative framework in place since 2014, Georgia is setting up relevant
institutions and operational mechanisms that will monitor,
promote and implement equality legal provisions. Armenia is still in the process of
discussing non-discrimination and public consultations have started at the end of
2015. ECMI Caucasus will follow developments in the region, particularly from
a minority perspective as part of multiple discrimination perspectives.
Freedom of religion or belief will be held under scrutiny in a number of activities
related to non-discrimination and tolerance. All three countries declare strong
support for freedom of religion, yet a traditional profoundly rooted attachment
to one religious identity makes the societal tolerance towards other religions and
acceptance of needs of other congregations difficult.
ECMI Caucasus is looking forward to working together with international,
regional and local partners and communities across the region.
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Minorities in UPR 2015
ECMI Caucasus, in cooperation with partner organizations, has submitted a shadow report for the 2nd Cycle of United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review.
Reporting aims at highlighting the issues at international level, which require much of at attention from the government in order to guarantee protection of national minority rights and fulfil
commitments undertaken by Georgia. The 2nd Cycle of Universal Periodic Review for Georgia is planned on the 23rd Session in October-November 2015.
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