Public Defender of Georgia – the so-called republic post of commissioner for human rights – Ucha Nanuashvili expressed regret that Tbilisi was unable to hold a rally in honor of the World Day Against Homophobia.
LGBT activists have refused to carry out the march on May 17 Day Against Homophobia, due to the fact that the authorities did not give security guarantees to participants of the action.
“At a time when various groups scheduled more than one event in the central parts of the capital [in Georgia on May 17, the Day of the sanctity and the cohesion of the family] is regrettable that the celebration of the World Day against homophobia and transphobia are not held in the open air”, – Nanuashvili said.
The Ombudsman also noted that homophobic attitudes in Georgian society threaten the realization of human rights.
May 17 in the Georgian capital, police detained ten people – presumably LGBT activists – for painting of office buildings, including the building of the Patriarchate, in the colors of the rainbow. The police pointed out that the detention was carried out under the Article of the Code of Administrative Offences, which punishes infliction of harm, and for resisting law enforcement officers.