- Study of Discrimination Issues and Promoting Culture of Tolerance at Universities
The study Student Attitudes Towards Minorities and the Role of Media was published within the project, public lectures on the tolerance topic were held in the universities of the six cities of Georgia (Telavi, Gori, Kutaisi, Batumi, Zugdidi, Akhaltsikhe)
Donor: Open Society Georgia Foundation
Implementation Dates: October 1, 2016 - May 30, 2017
Project Budget: 29,481 USD
- Combatting Religious, Ethnic and Racial Discrimination in Georgia
From January 2016, TDI implemented the fourteen-month long project Combatting Religious, Ethnic and Racial Discrimination in Georgia in the framework of East-West Management Institute’s (EWMI) project Promoting Rule of Law in Georgia (PROLoG) funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
TDI's partner organizations within the project: Georgian Muslims Union, Association Beteli under the auspices of Evangelical-Baptist Church and the organization, Religions for Peace.
Objectives: The project aimed at protection of freedom of religion and belief, increasing access to justice of persons who experience religious, ethnic and racial discrimination, eliminating the violation of their rights with discriminative grounds and provision of full legal aid (civil, administrative and criminal) free of charge. The project ensured strategic litigation by using national (Constitutional Court) and International mechanisms (European Court of Human Rights).
Implementation Dates: January 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017
Project Budget: 77,996 USD
- International Tolerance Day Event in Tbilisi
Donor: The Embassy of the Netherlands in Tbilisi
Implementation Dates: November 07, 2016 - November 21, 2016
Project Budget: 3,030 USD
- Pre-election round-tables of religious minority organizations with political parties participating in the 2016 parliamentary elections
Donor: USAID’s "Promoting Integration, Tolerance and Awareness Program [PITA], implemented by UNAG
Implementation Dates: September 14, 2016 - September 21, 2016
Project Budget: 3,020 USD
- Advancing Tolerance, Religious Freedom and Human Rights in Georgia
Since June 2014, the Tolerance and Diversity Institute (TDI) started a joint project Advancing Tolerance, Religious Freedom and Human Rights in Georgia, together with the Georgian Democratic Initiative (GDI) and Human Rights Education and Monitoring Center (EMC). The project is funded by the Embassy of the Netherlands in Georgia and will be implemented within two years.
Implementation Dates: June 1, 2014 – May 30, 2016
Project Budget (TDI component): 90,000 EUR
- The Assessment of the Needs of Religious Minorities in Georgia
The study Assessment of the Needs of Religious Minorities in Georgia was conducted within the framework of the ‘Advancing National Integration in Georgia’ (ANI) project’s Small Grants Mechanism, implemented by the United Nations Association of Georgia (UNAG) and the Open Society Georgia Foundation (OSGF) with the financial support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
Implementation Dates: September 15, 2013 – August 30, 2014
Project Budget: USD 10,000
Objectives: The objective of the project was to deliver comprehensive analyses of the needs of religious minorities in Georgia. The scope of work envisaged conducting a qualitative research in the field and providing key stakeholders with relevant recommendations.
Results: Up to 70 representatives of 33 religious organizations interviewed and their needs identified; specific recommendations elaborated to the state institutions; the study published and covered in media.
- Study of Constitutional Secularism and Religious Discrimination in Georgia
The project was implemented by the Tolerance and Diversity Institute (TDI) in the framework of The East-West Management Institute’s (EWMI) Policy, Advocacy, and Civil Society Development in Georgia (G-PAC) Program, funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Implementation Dates: January 1, 2014 – June 30, 2014
Project Budget: USD 14,965
Objectives: Support the protection of rights of religious minorities and combat discrimination on religious grounds; spark public dialogue about necessity of entrenching religious neutrality and supporting the formation of the secular state; facilitate relevant policy changes.
For above-mentioned purposes the study provided: 1) review of religiously motivated offenses; 2) analysis of the existing legislative framework and state practice regarding freedom of religion in Georgia; 3) assessment of politicians' rhetoric in the perspective of observing secular principles.
1. Comprehensive study of state policy and legislation regarding freedom of religion in Georgia published.
2. Relevant State authorities, local and international organizations informed about the findings of the research.
3. Specific recommendations elaborated for respective state and public institutions in the field of freedom of religion. Meetings and discussions organized with the representatives of the Main Prosecutor’s Office, Civil and Supreme Court of Georgia and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia.
- The Practice of the Funding of the Religious Organizations by the Central and Local government
The purpose of the joint research by Tolerance and Diversity Institute (TDI) and Human Rights Education and Monitoring Center (EMC) was to show the practice of funding of religious organizations by the State. The research presents the scope and aim of financial resources and other tangible benefits transferred from the state to religious associations, also from the state budget, President’s and government’s reserve funds as well as the budget of municipality in the period of 2013-2014.
The study was conducted with own resources of the organizations.