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14 March 2017 | 10:06

The Committee on the Rights of the Child examined the situation in Georgia

The Committee on the Rights of the Child examined the situation in Georgia
©T. Louapre

On January 25th, 2017, the Committee on the Rights of the Child examined the situation of the rights of the child in Georgia during its 74th session (from January 16th to February 3rd).

BICE monitored the issues related to child sexual abuse and children with disabilities.

Examination of sexual abuse and children with disabilities in Georgia

In their alternative report, BICE and its Georgian partner Public Health Foundation of Georgia (PHFG) focused on two issues:

During the pre-session of June 2016, advocacy efforts helped influence the drawing up of the list of issues addressed to the Georgian government. On this basis, the Georgian government should provide more concrete and detailed information compared to that contained in its periodic report.

The protection of the rights of the child in Georgia

The concerns expressed by BICE and PHFG were extensively taken into account by the Committee’s experts.

Child sexual abuse

The questions invited the Georgian government to provide precise information about the concrete measures that had been taken to protect:

  • Alleged child victims of abuse;
  • Children from negligence
  • Children from sexual abuse;
  • Children by implementing actions that aim at training professionals.

Furthermore, the Georgian government should provide recent statistical data on child sexual abuse in the country.

Children with disabilities

The Georgian government was asked to provide detailed and updated information about the measures that had been taken to make education available to children with disabilities (inclusive education). The measures that have been taken for the deinstitutionalisation of children with disabilities should also be described.

The Georgian government was also asked to provide statistical data on:

  • The number of children with disabilities who live with their family or in an institution;
  • The number of children who attend ordinary or specialised primary school;
  • The children who are out of school and those who have been abandoned by their family.

In the presence of the Georgian delegation on January 25th at the Palais Wilson in Geneva, the Committee on the Rights of the Child asked questions again to complement the answers provided to the list of issues.

At the end of this interactive dialogue, the Committee issued final observations and recommendations.