09TBILISI1006, EMBASSY TBILISI’S 2009 TAFT FUND FOR REFUGEES PROPOSAL

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09TBILISI1006 2009-06-02 05:54 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Tbilisi

VZCZCXYZ0000
RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHSI #1006 1530554
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 020554Z JUN 09
FM AMEMBASSY TBILISI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 1649
INFO RUEHMO/AMEMBASSY MOSCOW 8241
RUEHSI/AMEMBASSY TBILISI

UNCLAS TBILISI 001006 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR PRM/ECA, EUR/CARC, AND MOSCOW FOR REFCOORD LISA KIERANS 
 
E.O. 12958:  N/A 
TAGS: PGOV PREF PHUM GG
SUBJECT: EMBASSY TBILISI'S 2009 TAFT FUND FOR REFUGEES PROPOSAL 
 
REF:  08 SECSTATE 14280 
 
1.  Summary:  Post is pleased to propose a project for the FY09 Taft 
Fund for Refugees in support of the registration of Georgia's Roma 
population, focusing initially on the majority of Georgia's Roma 
population who live in Tbilisi.  The project aims to provide the 
international and local communities with thorough information about 
Georgia's Roma community.  The project is also designed to improve 
the everyday life of Roma, by creating the necessary conditions for 
their better integration and development into Georgian society.  The 
project organizers plan to interview and assist Roma to procure 
registration documents which will accord them access to medical and 
education benefits.  The project will be implemented by a Georgian 
NGO - "The Human Rights Center" - and the estimated cost of the 
project is 19,410 USD.  Preliminary discussions with the Civil 
Registry Agency under the Ministry of Justice, indicates they are 
open to and supportive of the project.  End Summary. 
(HRIDC) Project Description and Background 
 
2.  The HRIDC, formerly the Human Rights Information and 
Documentation Center, is a Georgia-based NGO dedicated to the 
promotion and protection of human rights.  The purpose of HRIDC is 
to increase respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in 
Georgia, as well as contribute to the democratic development of the 
country.   The HRIDC maintains that the Roma are marginalized in 
Georgia due to lack of access to social, educational and medical 
institutions.  The main reason for this is that many are not 
officially registered, lacking both IDs and other documents.   The 
number of Roma in Georgia is small, but little information is 
actually known about them, making it even more difficult to help. 
 
3.  Within the project, the first stage will be to conduct a survey 
of the situation of Roma people in Georgia, by first focusing on 
Tbilisi, and then other regions based on the numbers residing there. 
 Based on the surveys, HRIDC will prepare a report on the current 
status of Roma as well as recommendations to the Ministry of 
Justice, Ministry of Education, and Ministry of Healthcare and 
Social welfare as to how best to assist the Roma.   HRIDC will 
interface with the Civil Registry Office to assist Roma in getting 
needed legal documents, and applying for allowances and benefits 
that otherwise they may not be aware of.  Lastly, it is hoped that 
this report will be a springboard for creating educational 
opportunities for Roma children. 
TEFFT

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