Tolerance and Diversity Institute


Assessment of the Needs of Religious Organizations in Georgia

Tolerance and Diversity Institute (TDI) presented new publication on October 2, 2014. The study identifies the challenges and needs of religious organizations, cases of violations of the freedom of religion and evaluates the state policy and practice in this regard. The findings are based on interviews with up to 70 representatives of 33 religious organizations in Georgia. The study reveals that part of the problems stem from the state’s reluctance to address the persistent concerns that various religious organizations have been facing for years. They also report about growing occurrences of Islamophobia and significant increase in the number of offenses motivated by religious intolerance. In addition, the research offers specific recommendations to the respective state institutions. The study is conducted by the Tolerance and Diversity Institute (TDI) in the framework of Advancing National Integration (ANI) project’s small grants program, implemented by the United Nations Association of Georgia (UNAG) and the Open Society Georgia Foundation (OSGF), and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).