Public Defender (Ombudsman) of Georgia is mandated by the Constitution and Organic Law of Georgia to oversee the observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms on the territory of Georgia, identify the cases of infringement of human rights and assist individuals in redressing of violations of their rights. It is an independent constitutional body, which acts to promote human rights and protect individuals from maladministration of State administrative organs.
Office of Public Defender has a broad mandate to promote and protect human rights, and that it exercises this mandate in practice. In addition to its existing mandate, the PD has been mandated with responsibilities for as National Preventive Mechanism under OPCAT, and as monitoring mechanism under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Since 2014 Office of Public Defender is designated as an Equality Body under the Law of Georgia on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination.
PDO submits to the Parliament of Georgia annual reports, which includes general assessment of human rights situation in the country, a summary of findings and recommendations on how to address problems identified. PDO also prepares special reports concerning human rights issues in various fields and presents main findings and recommendations to the public and relevant state institutions.
Amicus curiae brief or similar, Defending own legally binding decision before the courts
|Education||Age, Disability, Family Status, Gender, Gender Identity, Health Status, Other Grounds, Race and Ethnic Origin, Religion or Belief, Sexual Orientation, Social or Socio-economic Status|
|Employment||Age, Disability, Family Status, Gender, Gender Identity, Health Status, Other Grounds, Race and Ethnic Origin, Religion or Belief, Sexual Orientation, Social or Socio-economic Status|
|Goods and Services||Age, Disability, Family Status, Gender, Gender Identity, Health Status, Other Grounds, Race and Ethnic Origin, Religion or Belief, Sexual Orientation, Social or Socio-economic Status|
|Social Protection & Healthcare|
The Law on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination covers open ended clause of protected grounds and extends to every section of life regulated under law.
Multi-mandate equality body
|Number of cases handled||111||113||201||159||155||113||161|
|Number of inquiries|
|Number of litigation cases||4||1||5||2||2|
Single headed equality body (led by director or ombudsman/commissioner)
The institution is headed by the Public Defender who has the office comprising of three deputies and departments and units. The institution has thematic – rights focused and technical departments. Each department is supervised by one of the deputies of the Public Defender.
The Public Defender is elected by the Parliament with the majority of overall votes for the term of 5 years. The candidate may be nominated by a parliamentary fraction and group of MPs comprising of at least 7 people not belonging to any of the fraction.
|Number of staff members working on equality||5||5||5||6||5||5||5||5|
|Operating budget in euros [ACTUAL]||2021630||2131100||2077790||2446790||2317330||2823760||2706270|
|Operating budget in euros [ALLOCATED]||1743830||1716440||1700800||1779010||2123140||2146840||2823760||2706270|
|Operating budget in euros for the parts of the organisation dealing with equality issues (all types of functions) [ACTUAL]|
|Operating budget in euros for the parts of the organisation dealing with equality issues (all types of functions) [ALLOCATED]|