The Public Defender’s statement04 04 2012
I feel obliged to respond to the statement of Mr. Murman Dumbadze which he made in relation to the Head of the Batumi City Organization of the Republican Party, Giorgi Masalkin, on March 31, in a TV program devoted to the issue of the construction of the Azizi Mosque on the air of Channel 25.
In the aformentioned TV program, Mr. Dumbadze drew a certain line between ethnically Georgian and other citizens of Georgia, which, put mildly, is a discriminatory attitude.
I consider that such a statement deserves an extremely negative assessment from me, as a defender of rights, since I consider it inadmissible to point to ethnic origin as a problem of any sort.
It is especially politicians who should refrain from making such statements, since similar statements can contribute to fomenting intolerance in society, which poses a danger to civil unity and insults not only concrete persons, but also the dignity of citizens of Georgia in general, contradicts the values and aims whose establishment constitutses a firm will of the citizens of Georgia and which are declared in the preamble of the Constitution of Georgia.
I would like to use this opportunity and call on every political force, civil organization, and news outlet to be particularly attentive and take appropriate measures, so that discriminatory expressions, hate speech, and xenophobia are not spread by or through them in the future.