Concluding Observations, CCPR/C/GEO/CO/4, 23 July 2014: Georgia
B. Positive aspects
3. The Committee welcomes the following legislative and institutional steps taken by the State party:
(a) Adoption of the National Human Rights Strategy for 2014–2020 and of the National Human Rights Action Plan for 2014-2015, in April and June 2014, respectively;
(b) The amendments to the Prison Code, in April 2014;
(c) The decision of the Constitutional Court of 4 February 2014 declaring nonconstitutional “homosexuality” as an indicator against donation of blood and its components;
Discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity
8. The Committee is concerned about discrimination and social stigma, hate speech and acts of violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons and violation of their rights to freedom of expression and assembly (arts. 2, 9, 19, 21 and 26).
The State party should take effective measures to combat any form of social stigmatization of homosexuality, bisexuality or transsexuality, or hate speech, discrimination or violence against persons based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. It should provide effective protection to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons and ensure the investigation, prosecution and punishment of any act of violence motivated by the victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity in accordance with article 53, para. 31 , of the Criminal Code. It should also take all necessary measures to guarantee the exercise in practice of the rights to freedom of expression and assembly of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons and defenders of their rights.
Link to full text of the report: Concluding Observations-CCPR-Georgia-2014-eng