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Armenia 2014 International Religious Freedom Report

The United States Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor annual report on freedom of religion in Armenia in 2014. The report summarize the situation as follows: The constitution guarantees the freedom of religion and establishes the separation of church and state, but at the same time recognizes the Armenian Apostolic Church […]

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Assessment of the Needs of Religious Organizations in Georgia

Based on interviews with up to 70 representatives of 33 religious organizations in Georgia, this study identifies the challenges and needs of religious organizations, cases of violations of the freedom of religion and evaluates the state policy and practice in this regard. Furthermore, this research offers specific recommendations to the state institutions; the implementation of which […]

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Islam and Religious Transformation in Adjara

The Autonomous Republic of Adjara, located in the southwest corner of Georgia along the Turkish border, has been the scene of a peculiar religious transformation in the last two decades. Specifically, large segments of Adjara’s traditionally Muslim population have undergone a relatively quick rate of conversion to Christianity. Whereas the region’s population was predominantly Muslim […]

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Georgia in Transition

The Introduction of the report gives brief summaries of the main concerns and reflections  of the EU Special Adviser on Constitutional and Legal Reform and Human Rights in Georgia. The body of the report goes deeper into seven key areas in relation to human rights: judiciary, penitentiary, law enforcement, minority rights, political participation, freedom of […]

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Georgia’s Muslim Community: A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?

The principle objective of this paper is to examine the creation of the new Administration of Georgian Muslims; how and why it has been created and what its specific role, function and means of operating will be. Most importantly, it will examine how the administration has been received by Georgia’s Muslims and how it will […]

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Study of Religious Discrimination and Constitutional Secularism

This study shows the lack of religious neutrality in the public sphere in Georgia and therefore how personal religious convictions of politicians interfere with policy-making, thus promoting a discriminatory policy towards the religious minorities at the demand of majority, which takes form of flagrant violation of religious organization and preferential treatment towards the Georgian Apostolic Autocephalous […]

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State funding for Religious Organizations in Georgia

The purpose of the joint research is to show the practice of funding religious organizations by the state. For that purpose the research studies the scope and aim of financial resources and other tangible benefits transferred from the state to religious associations, also from the state budget, the President’s and government’s reserve funds as well […]

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Azerbaijan: A model of peaceful co-existence of Islam and minority religions

Two programmes were dedicated to Azerbaijan in the European Parliament in November 2013. This press release explains the outcomes of these programmes. Amongst other activitites, there was a conference hosted by Vice-President László Surján, whereby the Human Rights Without Frontiers international organisation launched its report on Non-Muslim Minorities in Azerbaijan  as two programmes have been […]

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Dukhobors in Georgia: A Study of the Issue of Land Ownership and Inter-Ethnic Relations in Ninotsminda rayon (Samtskhe-Javakheti)

This working paper is the result of a fact-finding fieldwork mission conducted in August, September and October 2006 in the Ninotsminda rayon (district), in the Samtskhe-Javakheti region of Georgia.1 It is based on 70 interviews with local inhabitants, authorities and other related parties as well as legal documents and analytical articles. The intention of the […]

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Democracy and Minority Rights in Azerbaijan in light of the 2013 presidential elections

The fact-finding mission to Dagestan and Azerbaijan aimed at examining the situation of the Lezghin, and other ethnic and religious groups, in light of the Azeri Presidential elections of 2013. Political Representation, Socio-Economic Conditions and Culture and Language are the three key thematics the mission gathered data and testimonies. The mission key findings are the […]

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UPR Info Session an EaPMN advocacy work

Representatives of national, ethnic and religious minority communities from Georgia will be on an advocacy visit in Geneva on October 5-6, 2015. Four minority activists from Georgia will attend the UN UPR Info session in Geneva on 6th of October and meet with the country delegates and officials from the UN in Geneva.

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