They were joined by 50 representatives of international and local NGOs and diplomatic corps, as well as 20 others from the regions of Georgia. More than just informing, it was also a platform for communication – to exchange information, share contacts, and arrange future meetings and cooperation.
The event was organised by Human Rights House Tbilisi (HRHT) and its member organisations. It was held at “Fabrika” on 22 June.
The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherlands to Georgia, H.E. Mr. Jos Douma, attending, spoke of the benefits of the Fair: “It is important and pleasant to meet regional organisations, talk with them face-to-face and learn about their needs from primary sources.”
The Ambassador expressed his hope that the Fair will become a tradition and the number of its participants will increase in the future.
Participants of the Fair were from Kvemo Kartli, Shida Kartli, and Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti regions of Georgia.
Coordinator of Human Rights House Tbilisi, Natia Tavberidze, welcomed the participants and the audience of the Fair. She underlined the importance of cooperation with regional organisations and the work that is carried out by them.
The welcoming speech was delivered by Natia Katsitadze, the Chairperson of the Human Rights House Tbilisi board. She thanked international organisations and embassies operating in Georgia who have been supporting NGOs in Georgia financially in their various projects and activities. She especially thanked the Embassy of Netherlands to Georgia for financially supporting the Fair.
Human Rights House Tbilisi unites five Georgian civil society organisations working in different fields of human rights. They share a physical space, enhancing co-operation and joint activities and jointly advocating for better protection of human rights. The member organisations provide legal and psychological services, work to improve legislation, unite in advocacy, and host educational events on human rights. They focus on protection of human rights defenders, activists, and journalists at risk, particularly from Azerbaijan.