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CoE asks Georgia to investigate anti LGBT violence

by | Jun 28, 2013

TBILISI, DFWatch–The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on the Georgian government to conduct a ‘prompt investigation’ of the violence on May 17 2013.

30 persons were injured that day, as radical clerics and their supporters prevented LGBT activists from conducting a peaceful rally against homophobia.

PAC adopted a statement titled ‘Tackling discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity’, which contains a paragraph about the May 17 events in Georgia.

“…the authorities of Georgia to carry out a prompt investigation into the attack by the violent counterdemonstrators against the participants of the rally against Homophobia on 17 May 2013, and hold accountable those who incited and committed violent acts,” the document reads.

In the beginning of the document, PACE welcomes some positive developments in ‘tackling discrimination’ on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity lately, but outlines that there a lot to be done in this regard.

So far only several persons have been detained for the May 17 events, including two priests, who were released before the trial. No one has been arrested, but the government claims the investigation is not finished and that the guilty will be punished.



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