HRH Tbilisi: Promoting the work of human rights defenders

Human Rights House Tbilisi will raise awareness and promote knowledge in Georgia about the work of human rights defenders.

Activities: Event; Film

Date: 9 December (12.00)

Location: The National Parliamentary Library of Georgia, 3rd Building, Exhibition Hall, 7 Lado Gudiashvili Street Tbilisi

Languages: Georgian and English 

International Human Rights Defenders Day recognises the important role of human rights defenders in improving societies and contributing to peace and democracy. International standards for the protection of human rights defenders are recognised worldwide, including the standards that are enshrined in the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders. However, human rights defenders and activists are still facing threats and persecution. 

Human Rights House Tbilisi will celebrate this day in Georgia, to raise awareness about human rights defenders and non-governmental organisations that defend human rights and to recognise their role properly. 

On behalf of its member organisations, the House has invited representatives of public and civic sectors, diplomatic corps and international organisations. The informative booklets and posters developed by the Human Rights House Foundation about human rights defenders for the 20th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights will be presented during the event (with both English and Georgian versions). The booklet and posters explain the threats faced by human rights defenders and the internationally recognised principles of their protection.

The event is organised by “Human Rights House Tbilisi” (HRHT) and its member organisations. The event is implemented with the financial support of the Human Rights House Foundation within the framework of celebrating 20 years since the adoption of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders.

To underline the importance of the work of human rights defenders, the House will also produce short films.

Agenda

 December 2018

12:30 – Opening/welcoming 

Baia Pataraia – Board Chairperson of Human Rights House Tbilisi 

Keynote speakers: 

  • Ketevan Abashidze – Human Rights House Foundation, Human Rights Officer for Eastern Europe 
  • Tamar Chugoshvili – The First Deputy Chairperson of Parliament 
  • H.E. Carl Hartzell – Ambassador of EU to Georgia 
  • Louisa Vinton – UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Georgia 
  • H.E. Jos Douma – Ambassador of The Kingdom of Netherlands to Georgia 
  • Nino Lomjaria – Public Defender of Georgia 

13:20 – Human Rights Defender story 

13:30 – Video on Human Rights Defenders 

Moderation: Baia Pataraia – Board Chairperson of Human Rights House Tbilisi 

Rights of Defenders

“Rights of Defenders” aims to promote understanding of international standards that protect and empower human rights defenders.

As part of the project, Human Rights House Foundation has developed tools and resources for defenders to disseminate standards nationally, engage with authorities and hold them accountable to the commitments they make internationally, and initiate national conversations on the importance of defenders and their work.

Find out more about Rights of Defenders.

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