Freedom of Religion and Belief
Freedom of religion and belief is one of the basic civil-political rights of person. Based on the principle that Everyone is free by birth and is equal before law regardless of race, color, language, sex, religion, political and other opinions, national, ethnic and social belonging, origin, property and title, place of residence (Art., 14), we believe in that Everyone has the right to freedom of speech, though, conscience, religion and belief, The persecution of a person on the account of his/her speech, though, religion or belief as well as the compulsion to express his/her opinion about them shall be impermissible (Art., 19)
The Constitution of Georgia, with above mentioned statements, declares the protection for the freedom of religion and belief, but the reality clearly differs from what is declared by various legal acts. There still is a gap between the officially recognized rights and freedoms and their real implementation in every day life of the country.
The problem is a comprehensive. We face the facts of public religious intolerance against religious minorities; religious legislature needs to be improved, those facts of religious violence in the recent history as well as the general background for religious violence are not combated yet.
In this regard it is very important to promote the inter-faith dialogue, respect for diversity and rights of others, broad public awareness campaigns and etc.
Coming from all above mentioned, the Union "Century 21" is focused on various activities aimed at promoting and protecting freedom of religion and belief.
We strongly affirm our commitment to live in multicultural, multinational country built on the principles of equality and justice.