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Public Defender (Ombudsman)

GEORGIA: Public Defender (Ombudsman)

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Overview

Public Defender (Ombudsman) of Georgia is mandated by the Constitution and Organic Law of Georgia to oversee the observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms on the territory of Georgia, identify the cases of infringement of human rights and assist individuals in redressing of violations of their rights. It is an independent constitutional body, which acts to promote human rights and protect individuals from maladministration of State administrative organs.

Brief history

Office of Public Defender has a broad mandate to promote and protect human rights, and that it exercises this mandate in practice. In addition to its existing mandate, the PD has been mandated with responsibilities for as National Preventive Mechanism under OPCAT, and as monitoring mechanism under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Since 2014 Office of Public Defender is designated as an Equality Body under the Law of Georgia on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination.

PDO submits to the Parliament of Georgia annual reports, which includes general assessment of human rights situation in the country, a summary of findings and recommendations on how to address problems identified. PDO also prepares special reports concerning human rights issues in various fields and presents main findings and recommendations to the public and relevant state institutions.

Mandate type
  • Combined tribunal-type and promotion-type
Litigation powers
  • Intervening before the court
  • Formally deciding on complaints (e.g. decision or recommendation addressed to the parties) Not legally binding
Activities
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Activities aimed at supporting vulnerable groups (e.g. through trainings)nononononoyesyesyesyesno
Activities aimed at supporting duty bearers such as employers and service providers (e.g. through trainings, guidance material, practical support, etc.)nonononononononoyesno
Communication activities (e.g. awareness raising campaigns)nononononoyesyesyesyesno
Recommendations on discrimination issuesnonononoyesyesyesyesyesno
Publications and reportsnononononoyesyesyesyesno
Our institution has a mandate to deal with:
  • Violence against women
  • UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
  • Hate crime
  • Hate speech
Other statistics
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Number of inquiries handled per year (all contact even if not resulting in a formal complaint)no datano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano data
Number of cases handled per year (case files opened and processed according to your procedures)no datano datano datano data3199175162144no data
Number of media appearances per year (major newspapers/magazines/websites/blogs, TV + radio channels) - does not include social mediano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano data
Management
  • Single headed equality body (led by director or ombudsman/commissioner)
Management details

The institution is headed by the Public Defender who has the office comprising of three deputies and departments and units.

Additional details

The institution has thematic - rights focused and technical departments. Each department is supervised by one of the deputies of the Public Defender.

Procedure for nomination and appointment of management and board

The Public Defender is elected by the Parliament with the majority of overall votes for the term of 5 years. The candidate may be nominated by a parliamentary fraction and group of MPs comprising of at least 7 people not belonging to any of the fraction.

Number of staff dealing with equality issues
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no datano datano datano data55556no data
Grounds and fields of discrimination covered by the equality body
Grounds / FieldsEmploymentEducationHousingSocial Protection & HealthcareGoods & ServicesOther
Genderyesyesyesyesyes
Gender Identityyesyesyesyesyes
Race and Ethnic Originyesyesyesyesyes
Ageyesyesyesyesyes
Disabilityyesyesyesyesyes
Sexual Orientationyesyesyesyesyes
Religion & Beliefyesyesyesyesyes

Other grounds : According to Georgian legislation, discrimination is prohibited on any of the ground (open-ended list) in every field of life.

Mandate covers:
  • Public sector
  • Private sector
Operating budget in euros
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905815.85128953159.598021032150.89583977198.697071044821.985161770303.164421755001.7551827944.704671712755.35625no data
Operating budget in euros for the parts of the organisation dealing with equality issues (all types of functions).
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no datano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano data
We are accountable to:
  • National Parliament
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General Contact Information

Full name in English:

Public Defender (Ombudsman) of Georgia

Full name in the national language(s):

საქართველოს სახალხო დამცველის ოფისი

Postal address:
150 Aghmashenebeli Ave. Tbilisi 0112, Georgia
Website:

http://www.ombudsman.ge

General email address:
info@ombudsman.ge
Helpline:

1481

Telephone number:

+995 598 08 30 06

Twitter:

@Ombudsman_Geo

Other social media channels:

Facebook: OmbudsmanofGeorgia

Languages in which your institution can be contacted:

Georgian (in case necessity, applications are accepted also in other languages)

Person of contact for media enquiries:

Ani Tamazashvili

Name of the Head of the equality body:

Ms. Nino Lomjaria

Engagement with Equinet

Equinet Member since
November 2018

Contact Person

Name:

Ketevan Shubashvili

Email:
kshubashvili@ombudsman.ge