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Bakradze David » Ethnic minority rights

Which policies would you carry out/support to ascertain a fuller participation and integration of ethnic minorities in Georgia’s socio-political life?

The state should provide protection for its citizens' interests, rights and freedoms. For these reasons the United National Movement seeks to establish a society that is based on equality before the law, tolerance, justice and pluralism. One of its priorities is the equal participation of representatives of the multi-ethnic and multi-confessional Georgian nation in the country’s public and political life.

In the UNM's opinion, it is necessary to maintain and develop the cultural diversity and national identity, promote the integration of different ethnic or religious groups and their involvement in the country’s development. Conditions must be created for maintaining and developing the identity and culture of these groups.

The UNM considers important to strengthen ties to our compatriots living abroad, support the native language tuition to representatives of the diasporas and support the maintenance of cultural identity among them.

At the same time, the UNM considers the tolerance and diversity principle to be the most important issue. Without this it is impossible to respect and develop human rights. A state should protect legal rights of all denominations and restrict any expressions of xenophobia.  

The UNM’s main priority is the protection of secularism. The UNM works to facilitate the separation of religion and politics, to protect the constitutional provisions, including the right of all citizens to consider themselves adherent to any religion, profession or confession.

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