The human rights independent consultant, Maggie Nicholson, prepared a report on progress in the implementation of the National Strategy for the Protection of Human Rights in Georgia 2014-2020. At the same time, the report contains recommendations on future approaches. The report covers the period from the adoption of the strategy up to the end of March 2017.
The findings and recommendations are both general and specific. The progress in the implementation of each chapter of the Strategy has been assessed separately. To the expert’s view, most of the focus of work up to date has been on legislative and policy reforms and in this respect, a substantial progress has been achieved, in particular with regards to anti-discrimination, juvenile justice, the protection of migrants and asylum seekers. In the next period, the emphasis should be placed on monitoring implementation of these laws and policies in practice as well as on assessing their impact on the protection and enjoyment of human rights. Along with admitting the progress, Maggie Nicholson has repeatedly pointed out that there was still much to be done.
Meanwhile, the expert pays attention to the use of Human Rights-based Approach (HRBA) in elaboration, implementation, monitoring and assessment process on each stage in all policy documents and programs.