For Georgia’s LGBT rights campaigners, a victory

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10/12/2020

In December 2009, plainclothes police raided the offices of the Inclusive Foundation in Tbilisi, an organisation that campaigns for LGBT rights in Georgia. Two members of the organisation, Ekaterine Aghdgomelashvili and Tinatin Japaridz, claimed that the officers behaved aggressively, and that one of them went so far as to say that he would like to “burn the whole place down”. Last week – more than a decade on – justice was finally served. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that Georgia had violated articles three and 14 of the European Convention of Human Rights, which prohibit inhumane or degrading treatment and discrimination. The two members of the Inclusive Foundation said that the police officers had called them “sick”, “perverts”, and “dykes” and threatened to out them to their families. They were also strip-searched. The case was submitted to the ECHR in 2010, and the two activists were represented by the London-based European Human Rights Advocacy Centre.

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