Georgia appoints new human rights official

Sopio Japaridze

Sopio Japaridze

Georgia has this week named their new assistant to the Prime Minister of Georgia on Human Rights and Gender Equality Issues.

Former lawyer Sopio Japaridze will take over the position from former assistant Tamar Chugoshvili, who has held the role since early January.

Japaridze previously made a name for herself as a member of the EU-backed campaign ‘Support Criminal Justice Reform in Georgia’, on which she worked as project manager. She also acted as Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Correction in 2012 and has served as a legal expert on several human rights campaigns.

Japradize takes over the role in a critical for the Georgian government. Growing protests from Georgian citizens have led authorities to launch a two-year action plan on human rights which aims to improve the situation across Georgia in a number of areas.

As one of the government’s leading experts on human rights Japradize will now held shape many of the human rights and equality policies that will be implemented by Georgian authorities.

News of the new appointment was announced by Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili at a meeting of the country’s Human Rights Council held earlier this week. Garibashvili added also that he was happy with the decision to appoint Japaradize. “I am confident Ms. Sopio will honorably fulfill this duty”, he told journalists.

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