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LGBTI rights in the EU-Georgia Association Implementation Report

2/8/2020


The European Commission has released a new report on the implementation of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement. The section ‘Democracy, Human Rights and Good Governance’ mentions amendments adopted to improve the anti-discrimination law. 


The report proclaims that ‘nevertheless, there are still incidents of discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI+) persons in the fields of employment and healthcare, and on social and economic issues.’


In addition, the report focuses on the fact that just a symbolic pride march was held in front of the Ministry of Internal Affairs on 8 July, because the organizers were unable to reach an agreement with the government. The report states that Pride was threatened by the far-right groups. An investigation was started, but has not yet yielded to any tangible results. 


The review of LGBTI rights in the Association Implementation Report indicates that the EU considers LGBTI rights and the elimination of all forms of discrimination as one of its priorities; if the shortcomings in the implementation process continue, this may cause delay in terms of association.