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Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, A/HRC/28/63/Add.1, 4 March 2015: Georgia

390. JAL 13/06/2013 Case no: GEO 1/2013 State reply: 12/01/2015

Alleged lack of effective protection provided to demonstrators during the International Day against Homophobia and subsequent threats made against members of an LGBT organization.

391. The Special Rapporteur notes the Government’s response to the communication dated 13 June 2013, which was sent during the previous reporting period. While he notes the Government’s stated efforts to ensure a peaceful demonstration and, subsequently, to investigate the incident, the Special Rapporteur remains concerned about the lack of sufficient and effective protection afforded to the LGBT defenders in the exercise of their legitimate right to freedom of peaceful assembly and of opinion and expression. He therefore encourages the Government to put in place measures to ensure a safer and more enabling environment for human rights defenders, including LGBT activists.

Link to full text of the report: Report-SRHRD-Communications and replies-2015-eng-fra-esp

Link to Special Rapporteur’s correspondence with the State: Correspondence-SR-Georgia-1-2013-eng

Link to the State’s reply: Correspondence-SR-Georgia-reply-1-2013-eng