The 10th Anniversary of the Tolerance Centre of the Public Defender

On April 8, 2015, at Shalva Amiranashvili Museum of Fine Arts, an event dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the Tolerance Centre of the Public Defender was held.

The exhibition – “Georgia’s ethnic and religious diversity in fine art” showcases 115 artworks from art collections of the Georgian National Museum and various private collections painted by artists of various ethnic backgrounds working in Georgia in XIX- XXI centuries depicting multi-ethnic and multi-confessional cultural traditions of Georgia.

The exhibition of artworks by Tilke, Zdanevich, Parajanov, Zanovski, Melikov, Baiakhchev, Koboshvili, Gvelesiani, Shmeling, Khachaturian, Romanovsky, Shukhaev and Bebutova-Gabunia will last till April 28.

At the event, the Public Defender of Georgia reviewed 10-year work of the Tolerance Centre and thanked representatives of international organizations working in Georgia for active support of the Tolerance Centre operating under the auspices of the Public Defender.

Speakers at the exhibition opening included Deputy Director of the National Museum Mikheil Tsereteli, Head of the National Integration Program of the United Nations Association of Georgia Ramaz Aptsiauri, Curator of Exhibitions of National Museums Lela Tsitsuashvili; also, members of the Council of Religions and the Council of Ethnic Minorities.

Activities of the Tolerance Centre of the Public Defender were launched in 2005, with establishment of the Councils of Religions and of Ethnic Minorities. Apart from coordinating work of the councils, the Tolerance Centre actively works on protection of rights of representatives of ethnic and religious minorities, elimination of discrimination, displays of xenophobia, as well as in the direction of development of tolerance and equality culture and promoting civil integration. The event was organized by the Tolerance Centre of the Public Defender and with the support of the Project of the United Nations Association of Georgia (UNAG) funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) - “Advancing national integration (ANI)”.

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