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Roy (user currently living in CZECH REPUBLIC) posted for readers on 14/10/2013
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Akash (user currently living in VIRGIN ISLANDS, BRITISH) posted for readers on 11/10/2013
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Michele (user currently living in KUWAIT) posted for readers in response to this story on 10/10/2013
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Open (user currently living in KAZAKHSTAN) posted for readers on 10/10/2013
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domestic violence!!! Sounds like the 9stone wife who gets a shaims from the 18stone muscle bound vodka swigging husband. Do you know that until a few years ago in the UK when the police were called by a worried neighbour and on arrival the terrified wife would say "everything's OK officer" and he would go back to the station. Seems the international community need to find some way of dealing with bully boy Russia. Which of the former Soviet republics (and Finland) now feels safe.
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Tonmoy (user currently living in CUBA) posted for readers in response to this story on 09/10/2013
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Once again the West will wag its finger and shake its head, furhetr reinforcing the weakness of the west in defending its allies. NATO will take any furhetr discussionof Georgian entrance off the table and Russia will gradually absorb controll of its neighbors one by one. One would need the highest powered Microscope available to find a grain a western moral values in Russia. McCain's comment that he saw KGB in Putin's eyes is apt and the weakness of the west strengthens his only value of total control of all in his reach.
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Khuthadzo (user currently living in LEBANON) posted for readers in response to this story on 09/10/2013
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This just shows you the US newspaper bias, espileacy NYTimes Their headline is: Report blames both sides.Sorry for not posting the leads. In my excitement I forget to do it.
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TeK (user currently living in GEORGIA) posted for lesbian readers on 28/09/2013 tagged with tourism
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I really need help here. I can not say that I'm lesbian to anyone, cause if they even think that I'm like that, they will try to humiliate or kill me. please watch 17 may demonstration in Tbilisi, Georgia.

I tried to kill myself once, I don't wanna die... please help
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Sopho (user currently living in GEORGIA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex readers on 21/05/2013 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, sexual orientation, religion
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Please help!! My country Georgia is under severe homophobic backlash, there is a hunt on LGBT people here after IDAHO day on may 17th, the government is NOT doing anything to protect us, LGBT community people are afraid to go out into the street because they are being attacked for the way they look, there have been over 20 cases of attacks on women and men with severe consequences!!! Please join out protest near the embassy in Berlin and pass this on to those who could join you too, for more information please visit: https://www.facebook.com/notes/zaal-andronikashvili/pressemitteilung-gegen-die-homophoben-ausschreitungen-und-f%C3%BCr-einen-s%C3%A4kularen-un/10151495475028773
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beka (user currently living in GEORGIA) posted for gay readers on 18/05/2013 +10
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Halo my name is Beka and I'm a Gay from Georgia. Countries where we do not recognize gay couples are not going to beat the pressure. Nobody helps us, and no one understands us: ((In this country we are just trash it apply to us. Did not provide protection against any sun As you know today was the day of the fight against homohobias. As many of us have joined in the action but unfortunately They did not give us the right to a crowd of people who hate us, and ironically. Gay Go from Georgia, you are not logged Shame on you This was preceded by the clergy to the people They were told to go to Georgia, leaving Georgia Thousands of people came to us and we are only 50 of us They threatened to kill us and burn thousands of horrible things like rape and so on swearing They threatened to kill us and burn thousands of horrible things like rape and so on swearing I'm afraid of the future because they do not know what happens to me or my boyfriend when I go outside I do not know what to tell you about it. Unfortunately, no one shares our interests Unfortunately we can not afford and do not provide protection against the LGBT Organization These evil people who laughed at us and threatening us Today I was really scared so he came to us on A country can not remain nor I, nor my boyfriend. Because they are actually dangerous I am gay and like using an external application requesting asylum in any country with my boyfriend Please can you tell us will help us do I call on all organizations which explore gay issues Maybe tomorrow will be too late to help us survive Learn what happened today in Georgia How They treat gay couples I asked my boyfriend along with me as a gay asylum Please can you tell us not to give up: ((This will be plunged into misery. Do not treat us the way the society Having plunged into misery The footage is probably covered the whole world I am ashamed that I live in Georgia with my boyfriend, and I do not know what to expect from these evil people from tomorrow Please help me with my problem Thank you in advance from a 22-year-old Beka Georgia. Here is a video on how to treat us, we gays Residents of Georgia
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isabella posted for lesbian bisexual straight readers on 03/03/2013 tagged with adoption, hate crime and violence prevention, religion +5
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isabella (user currently living in GEORGIA) posted for lesbian intersex readers on 03/03/2013 tagged with adoption, religion +10
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I love to go party but whdn I was lil I saw gay guys and lesbians and just normal boy and girls so I didn't know what I wanted to be so I'm both
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Nino Kharchilava (user currently living in GEORGIA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual readers on 27/12/2012 tagged with human rights
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CM/REC(2010)5 – monitoring of implementation (Georgia)


On 31 March 2010 the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted its Recommendation to member states “on measures to combat discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity” – CM/REC(2010)5. The Recommendation is the world’s first international legal instrument dealing specifically with discrimination on these grounds.

In broad terms the Recommendation does three things:

a) It emphasizes the key principle, that human rights are universal and apply to all individuals, including therefore LGBT persons;

b) It acknowledges the fact of the centuries-old and continuing discrimination experienced by LGBT persons on ac­count of their sexual orientation or gender identity;

c) It recognizes that specific action is required to ensure the full enjoyment of human rights by LGBT persons, and sets out the measures required of member state governments.

The Recommendation was agreed unanimously by the 47 Council of Europe member states. Although, as a Recommendation rather than a Convention, it is not legally binding, it is based solidly on the existing legally binding international and European human rights obligations of the member states, which therefore have a clear duty to implement its main elements.

The purpose of this report was to assess what progress has been made by Georgian authorities in implementing the Recommendation, and to highlight the areas were further action is needed. By documenting which measures have, and which have not been completed, it provides a base line against which to measure further progress in implementing the Recommendation in the coming years.

The report has two main target audiences. First, at national level, the political leaders and civil servants who are responsible for implementing the recommendation. And secondly, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, which agreed, on adopting the Recommendation, that it would conduct a review of progress towards its implementation in March 2013. It is intended that this report will contribute to that review.

English version of the report can be found at the following link:http://women.ge/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/CM_REC20105GEORGIA_ENG_www.pdf
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Women's Initiative Supporting Group (WISG) posted for readers on 20/07/2012
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Photo catalogue â&euro;&ldquo; Hate free zone

In 2012 with the support of MATRA program, Womenâ&euro;&trade;s Initiatives Supporting Group planned and implemented two important one-week campaigns. One of them was dedicated to March 8 and the other to the IDAHO (International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia). Different activities, such as: flash-mobs, photo exhibitions, the week of thematic movie screenings, round table discussions etc, were planned and carried out. In this catalogue, you can find the photographic work of different authors, which was presented on the exhibitions organized within the frames of the above mentioned two campaigns.
The electronic version of the catalogue is available here: http://women.ge/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/WISG_Web_Low.pdf
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WISG's CEDAW shadow report: LBT women in Georgia (user currently living in GEORGIA) posted for lesbian transgender bisexual readers on 25/04/2012 tagged with gender identity, human rights, sexual orientation +0
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Women’s Initiatives Supporting Group (WISG) published CEDAW shadow report: LBT Women in Georgia.

Violence against women is closely linked to socially constructed views on masculinity and famininity. Patriarcal opinions on gender and gender norms put a strong distinction between the two and facilitate unequal distribution of power based sex/gender-related considerations.

In a society where gender asymmetry is sharp, even a slight deviation from established gender norms can turn into a reason for violence and discrimination. In such societies LBT (Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender) women usually constitute one of the most vulnerable groups; They are discriminated based on both - thier sex and their sexual orientation/ gender identity.

Despite some recent LGBT- related groundbreaking developments in the field of human rights, in Georgia LGBT still remains one of the most “invisible” groups. As a result, violence against LGBT people also remains “invisible” and goes unreported to human rights organizations, state institutions, as well as the wider public.

In Georgia LBT rights are not seen as a part of women’s rights in general; LBT issues are practically eliminated from the agenda of women’s rights organizations. This, in addition to the high level of homophobia, makes it particularly difficult to identify individual instances of discrimination and to measure the overall scope of the problem. For this reason we consider that fact that discussion and monitoring of LBT rights in Georgia starts in the context of women’s rights in general is very important.
The structure of the report is based on the methodology which has been devised by IGLHRC (International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commision). Each chapter starts with a provision from the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women or a CEDAW recommendation and a relevant provision from the Yogyakarta Principles.

The publication is available on WISG’s website; the file can be downloaded here:

http://women.ge/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/WISG-LBT-CEDAW-shadow-report_eng.pdf

About WISG
Women’s Initiatives Supporting Group (WISG) is a non-governmental, non-profit-making organization working on women’s rights in Georgia. It was founded in 2000 and started to work on the issue of homophobia in 2002. Since 2003 WISG has been working on research and analysis of homophobic hate speech in Georgian media. From 2005 its women’s rights program has been focusing on LBT women’s empowerment in Georgia. Since 2010 the overall goal of WISG’s women rights programme is to support LBT women in having absolute right and a full accessibility to participate in all the areas of life through empowerment of the group, advocacy and increasing the level of tolerance towards LBT group in the society.

WISG is a member of international networks: AWID, ILGA-EUROPE and IGLYO.
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eariare 1,745 (user currently living in GEORGIA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex readers on 15/03/2012 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, human rights, laws and leadership
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On March 12th, 2012 Georgian gender equality and LGBT human rights organization Identoba addressed the authors of the 53rd paragraph of the Georgian criminal law – members of georgian parliament, Zviad Kukava and Kakha Anjaparidze, with a special statement, inviting them to include gender identity and sexual orientation in the list of the aggravating circumstances of discrimination, which already includes discrimination on racial, language, religious, national and ethnic grounds.

Today the Legal Issues Committee of Georgian Parliament held the second hearing of the bill, where Levan Kokaia, lawyer representing Identoba and parliamentary secretary for the Young Georgian Lawyer’s Association, Tatuli Todua, called for members of parliament to consider the abovementioned recommendation.

The Legal Issues Committee of Georgian Parliament has agreed to apply the recommendation to the bill and sexual orientation and gender identity were included in the list of the grounds for discrimination, which will be considered as the aggravating circumstances in the new criminal law.

Our organization remains hopeful that “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” will stay in the final version of the law, which will be approved by the Georgian Parliament after the third hearing scheduled next week.

http://identoba.org/5834
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(user currently living in GEORGIA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex readers on 15/03/2012 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, human rights, laws and leadership
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On March 12th, 2012 Georgian gender equality and LGBT human rights organization Identoba addressed the authors of the 53rd paragraph of the Georgian criminal law – members of georgian parliament, Zviad Kukava and Kakha Anjaparidze, with a special statement, inviting them to include gender identity and sexual orientation in the list of the aggravating circumstances of discrimination, which already includes discrimination on racial, language, religious, national and ethnic grounds.

Today the Legal Issues Committee of Georgian Parliament held the second hearing of the bill, where Levan Kokaia, lawyer representing Identoba and parliamentary secretary for the Young Georgian Lawyer’s Association, Tatuli Todua, called for members of parliament to consider the abovementioned recommendation.

The Legal Issues Committee of Georgian Parliament has agreed to apply the recommendation to the bill and sexual orientation and gender identity were included in the list of the grounds for discrimination, which will be considered as the aggravating circumstances in the new criminal law.

Our organization remains hopeful that “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” will stay in the final version of the law, which will be approved by the Georgian Parliament after the third hearing scheduled next week.

http://identoba.org/5834
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