The Committee in accelerated manner is considering the Amendments to the Code on the Rights of the Child.
As the Chair elucidated, all the MPs including those in the rows of opposition, were actively engaged in elaboration of the Child's Rights Code, which, in turn, implies the children’s welfare, for which the Parliament has assumed a number of significant steps.
“We are done with Normative Acts establishing the appropriate structural units in all self-governments. These structures will employ social workers, coordinators, overseers, lawyers, health professionals, and psychologists. All of these people will be united to help the children in place. This will to certain extend allow us to overcome the unequal treatment to children's services in the regions and larger cities, and to have the opportunity of protecting the children even in the most difficult regions to reach”, - Sopho Kiladze noted.
According to Kiladze, with the help of donors, relevant specialists were trained, in particular, 150 social workers were selected throughout Tbilisi, and more than 100 all through the regions. There are also more than 100 inspectors and coordinators selected across the country.
The Bill promulgates the suspension of September 28, 2001 Law on Protecting of Minors from Bad Influences from September 1, 2020 instead of June 1, 2020. The date of complete implementation of the Code on the Rights of the Child is thus set at September 1, 2020, instead of June 1, 2020.
The Committee approved the proposed amendment.
Today, the Committee also considered the Bill on Amendments to the Civil Code together with the accompanying legislative package. According to the Deputy Minister of Justice, Gocha Lortkipanidze, the adoption of the Bill will ensure a higher degree of harmonization of the Code with the 1980 and 1996 Hague Conventions. As a result, the legislation regulating the exercise of the right to have a relationship with a child, including their wrongful removal or detention will be perfected in compliance with the international commitments of Georgia, which, in turn ensure the implementation of the purposes and principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Hague Conventions in the Georgian legislation.
Today, the Committee heard a report submitted by the LEPL Legal Aid Service on the activities carried out in 2019. According to the Head, Rajden Kuprashvili, the Georgian Justice System and the Legal Aid Service managed to move the legal proceedings in a timely manner in accordance with the pandemic in order to keep the effective and safe regime of human rights.
"Amid the pandemic, the lawyers of our service took part in 1314 remote court proceedings during 2 months. Our lawyers, despite their own health and life-threatening occasions, have reported to the courts and penitentiary institutions so that no beneficiaries are left without the right of protection. 261 court-martials were conducted in place and 422 visits were made to temporary detention facilities and penitentiary institutions”, - R. Kuprashvili remarked.
According to the Chair of the Committee, the list of people applying to the Committee while in need of legal assistance is large - "Basically, they are socially disadvantaged individuals that can't afford a private lawyer to protect their rights. It is our obligation to have a state system that will help these people solve their legal problems. That is why it is very important for us to maintain a smooth functioning legal aid service”.
As S. Kiladze added, this direction has been observed to show the annual progress if compared to 2019. She positively estimated the Report on COVID-19.