Public Defender Submits Alternative Report to UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

The Public Defender of Georgia submitted an alternative report to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights for the 74th pre-sessional working meeting. The Public Defender's document echoes the 3rd periodical report of Georgia and assesses the state of fulfillment of obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the country. The Public Defender's report reviews the problem of resettlement of internally displaced persons, shortcomings of labour legislation and employment of persons with disabilities, rights situation of children (early marriage, child-friendly justice, child care and social rehabilitation programme, situation of minors living and/or working on the street and children in state care), shortcomings of the targeted social assistance programme, poverty and separation of children from their biological families, implementation of the soup kitchen programme, state of the primary health care infrastructure within the framework of the Village Doctor state programme, reproductive health challenges, state policy and legislation regarding the right to housing, conditions in social housing, situation of people with mental health problems (gaps in mental health law and policy documents, and challenges in practice), education (termination and suspension of student status, inclusive education for persons with disabilities and ethnic minorities, human rights education). The pre-sessional working group of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights approves a list of issues to which the Georgian authorities must provide answers. The Public Defender offered the pre-sessional working group of the UN Committee a list of issues that, in the position of the Public Defender, were recommended to be reflected in the list of issues and to become the subject of the Committee's deliberations during the review of the state report. The UN Human Rights Committee will adopt the list of issues related to Georgia at the closed session scheduled from March 4 to 8 this year, and will set a specific time for the Georgian Government to submit written responses to them. After this, the report of Georgia will be discussed at the next session of the Committee.

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