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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

Institutions of Georgia for Governance on National Minorities: An Overview

This paper aims to discuss the institutional set-up around civil integration and minority protection issues in Georgia since the ‘Rose Revolution’, and the study reviews the state structures relevant for governance and legislative practices on civil integration and minority issues. It seeks to provide an overview of the institutional problems that beset civic integration by […]

Read more

The Integration of National Minorities in the Samtskhe-Javakheti and Kvemo Kartli provinces of Georgia

This paper aims to explore the extent to which national minorities in the Georgian provinces of Kvemo Kartli and Samtskhe-Javakheti are integrated into the economic and political life of Georgia and to investigate how government policy in the aftermath of the Rose Revolution of November 2003 has affected the relationship between the state and minority communities […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more


European Centre for Minority Issues Caucasus

ECMI has been operating a Caucasus office based in Tbilisi since 2003 where it works towards building stable and inclusive democracies throughout the region, particularly in Georgia. ECMI Caucasus works to improve the competencies of minority organizations and assists governments in building institutional capacities to develop and implement policies on national minority issues.

Read more


145 Roma activists took part in “Strengthening cooperation of Roma community and regional authorities” advocacy campaign in Poltava region

The campaign aimed to build bridges between Roma community and decision makers in order to promote Roma rights. The goal was achieved through meetings with local authorities where major problems of Roma people in the region were discussed. 240 Roma received brochures with major local state agencies contacts. Roma community started dialogue with specific departments of […]

Read more