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Training for Ombudsperson Institutions

Tbilisi, Georgia
September 23-25

September 23, Thursday
10.00-10.40 Opening of the Training

Mr.Teimuraz Lomsadze, Former Public Defender of Georgia
Ms.Marnie Lloydd, Project Associate, ECMI Germany

Introduction of Participants

Session I Human Rights and International Law

10.40-11.40 Human Rights Theory and Background
Presenter: Mr.Zaal Margvelashvili, OSCE Mission in Kosovo, Human Rights and Rule of Law Section

11.40-12.00 Coffee Break

12.00-14.00 International Legal Framework of Human Rights
Presenter: Mr.Zaal Margvelashvili

14.00-15.30 Lunch

Session II International Legal Background on Minority Rights

15.30 – 17.00 International Documents on Minorities Rights
Presenter: Mr.Robert Dunbar, Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow

17.00-17.45 Comparative Analysis of Laws on Minorities Rights, (best practices of countries)
Presenter: Mr Teimuraz Lomsadze

September 24, Friday

Continuation of Session II 9.00- 10.30 Domestic Legislation of Participant States (Human Rights and Minority Rights)
Mr. Shavarsh Khachatryan, Armenian Helsinki Committee

Session III Ombudsperson Institution Guarantee of Defence of Human Rights

10.30-11.00 Ombudsperson Institutions and other National Human Rights Institutions
Dr. Maria Yordanova ,Director, Law Program, Center for the Study of Democracy, Ombudsman Project, Bulgaria

11.00-11.20 Coffee Break

11.20-12.00 Ombudsperson Institutions and other National Human Rights Institutions (continued)

12.00-13.40 Best Practices for Individual Complaints Involving Minority Issues
Presenter: Mr. Robert Dunbar

13.40-14.00 Role of Ombudsman – public education, regional representation, presence of website and reporting
Presenter: Ms.Marnie Lloydd

14.00-15.30 Lunch

15.30-17.00 Discussion of 5 Cases in small work groups
Facilitator: Mr. Teimuraz Lomsadze
Assistants: Ms.Olga Noyanova ,Office of the Human Rights Commissioner, Moscow
Dr. Maria Yordanova
Mr. Shavarsh Khachatryan

September 25, Saturday

Session IV Full Mandate of Ombudsperson Institutions

09.00-10.00 The Full Mandate of the Ombudsperson Institution, Problems of Extremism, and Complaints from Inuit
Presenter: Ms.Olga Noyanova

10.00-11.00 State of Religious Minorities in Georgia and Legal Regulations
Presenter: Mr.Garry August, Chairman of German Diaspora in Georgia

11.00-11.20 Coffee break

11.20-12.20 Internally Displaced Persons and Minority Rights
Presenter: Ms.Julia Kharashvili, UN Volunteers, Georgia

12.20-13.00 Role of NGOs and Media in Minority Protection
Presenter: Representative of Georgian Young Lawyers Association

13.00-13.30 Closing Speeches

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