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European Union supports Georgian gays

2013-05-20 15:43

For the meantime, the EU calls on the Government of Georgia to comply with the European standards. The EU Delegation to Georgia on behalf of the EU Member States has issued a statement in connection with the events of May 17 in Tbilisi, the Echo of the Caucasus reports.

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"The heads of missions of the EU member states are angered by aggressive intolerance manifested by some demonstrators on May 17 and disgraceful scenes of violence, the aim of which was to hinder other citizens to peacefully express their views. The EU believes that the freedom of expression of every person is crucial, as has often been claimed. The EU believes in the need to combat discrimination on all grounds, including sexual orientation, as well as to promote tolerance as the basis of a peaceful and democratic society. The EU urges the Georgian government to comply with international European standards of dignity, equality and freedom, to defend the rights of all its citizens by all available means," said in a statement.

In turn, the EU Special Representative in Georgia, a consultant for Human Rights, Constitutional and Legal Affairs Thomas Hammarberg has addressed to the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II, the Tbilisi Week reported.

"According to the information I have, demonstration in Tbilisi ended tragically and violently, people have suffered. In addition, I was informed that in the streets there is a risk of violent developments. Your Holiness, in this crisis, I believe that you will make a public statement and call upon the demonstrators to disperse and return to their home, which will contribute to the restoration of law and order," said in a statement by Thomas Hammarberg.

According to the law enforcement officials, the police is already conducting an investigation against individuals engaged in the violent actions during the gay pride parade.

 

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