United Nations Looking Forward to Report of Georgia
12 May, 2011

This year Georgia will submit a regular report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. The work on the report is already underway in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In parallel, the non-governmental sector and Public Defender will prepare the so called alternative report. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child expects that the non-governmental sector will emphasize topics missed by the coming Governmental report.
The issue was on the agenda of the conference

at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel that was attended by the representatives of NGO sector, Public Defender’s office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Healthcare Ministry and UN Organization.
This year it will be the 4th intermittent report. Georgia will send it to the UN by 1 July. The report should highlight all the problems that exist in Georgia in the area of child rights and confirm whether Georgia has complied with all the recommendations that the UN made to Georgia previously.
At the said conference the Government representatives talked about the progress made by the country in the field of child rights. In contrast, the NGO sector noted a great number of issues that actually remain unsolved.
According to UNICEF representative Maia Kurtsikidze, the Foreign Ministry has already begun to work on the report, an important part of which will be independent human rights organizations and the Office of Public Defender.
“The second part concerns the conditions of children in children’s houses. The State tries to close down such establishments and give preference to family-type living conditions. Such children have to be returned to biological parents if possible or transferred to the family-type houses. It’s a very important reform that aims to protect rights of children. However, the problems remain. Those children who remain on the streets should be involved in sphere of social service without fail and given due assistance. We have poverty problem. There are children who live in poverty. They are deprived of health and education rights. Therefore, the State must pay more attention to the issue of intensifying the social system. Children are more vulnerable to the burden of poverty than adults. Finally, infant mortality is another big issue,” Kurtsikidze said.
Meanwhile State bodies point out the progress made in the area of children rights but also add that there are still more problems that need to addressed.

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