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The News in Brief

Tuesday, June 5
By Mariam Chanishvili

Ombudsman’s report on International Children’s Day

Public Defender of Georgia, Nino Lomjaria held a presentation of the chapter on child’s rights of the 2017 parliamentary report within the framework of the International Children's Day on June 1st.

Lomjaria highlighted the importance and necessity of child’s welfare in the state and society.

"I can see positive changes, the results achieved through joint efforts with the NGOs and the international community, but it should be noted that systemic problems remain unsolved, which negatively impact on child’s welfare in Georgia," said Lomjaria.

The report showed that the child poverty and improper living conditions are still major problems in the country, as well as the children remaining beyond education, including children with disabilities, children living and working on the street, children that married at early age and children involved in labor.

As a result of the monitoring carried out by the Public Defender's Office, bullying is widely spread in educational institutions and no effective measures and steps have been taken against it.

UNICEF Representative to Georgia, Laila Omar Gad discussed the importance of the Public Defender in the field of protection and monitoring of child’s rights, noting that UNICEF continues to support the Public Defender’s Office and take steps in response to challenges.

It worth mentioning, that the number of suicide and suicide attempts among children increased by 20% in 2017.

Georgian Dream Has New Secretaries

The ruling Georgian Dream party will have two new secretaries. The decision was made at the meeting of the Political Council on June 3.

The statement by the party reads that it will have five secretaries in total. Irakli Kobakhidze will remain as the Executive Secretary of the ruling Georgian Dream, as well as Kakha Kaladze – General Secretary and Giorgi Volski – Political Secretary.

In addition, two new positions were created: the position of International Secretary – Tamar Chugoshvili, and Regional Secretary - Dimitri Samkharadze.