NHRI Workshop in Georgia

Figure 1. Training workshop in Georgia

HR2W conducted a workshop for the National Ombudsman’s office, or National Human Rights Insitution (NHRI), in Tblisi, Georgia to increase understanding of the human rights to water and sanitation (HRWS) and the benefits of monitoring National Human Rights Indicators. The workshop was designed to strengthen the roles that the NHRI can play in supporting monitoring of the HRWS, advocacy, policy development and strategies for improving access to water and sanitation in some of the marginalised areas of the country.

Georgia has included the Human Right to a clean, safe, healthy and sustainable environment in the national constitution, although the human rights to water and sanitation are not yet included as separate rights at constitutional level.

Day 1 covered an Introduction to the human rights to water and sanitation​ and its history. It covered the criteria, as originally defined by General Comment No.15, which should be taken into consideration when developing policies and legislation in order to thoroughly protect these rights. The session ended with a breakout discussion of the different challenges that Georgia is facing in the sector. In day 2, we shared different good practices and case studies from NHRIs around the world related to water governance, followed by an introduction into the methodology for developming human rights indicators. With this, the group then moved to a discussion for ideas on how to take everything they learned into action.

Figure 2. HRWS criteria

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