Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani University was awarded the prize of “Advocate of Tolerance 2018” at the event dedicated to the international Tolerance day held in Tbilisi Marriott, organized by the Tolerance Center and Public Defender of Georgia on 16 November 2018. Each year, the Councils of National Minorities and Religions of the Public Defender of Georgia select a media outlet, organization, person and public servant, which contributed to the
protection of the rights of ethnic and religious minorities and promoted the tolerance culture in
the country throughout the year.
Sabauni was awarded in the nomination of organization by the Council of Religions.
2018 year the prizes were given to the following:
Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani University, Rector Prof. Dr. Vaja Vardidze
Jos Douma, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Georgia
Mother Sidonia (orthodox nun)
Natia Kapanadze, editor in chief of Public Broadcaster TV and Radio of Adjara region
Sophio Sitchinava, head of the CEC coordination, Planning and Reporting Department
Center for Ethnicity and Multiculturalism
Vitali Safarov, (a young human right defender who was killed on xenophobic grounds).
The awards was handed over to Vitali’s mother
Marneuli Community Radio
Pankisi Community Radio WAY
In addition, the council of National Minorities handed a special award of tolerance to Gary Augst, Head of the Association of Georgian Germans- Einung, and Regina Iakobidze, chairperson of the Latvian Community. The event was organized by the Tolerance Center of the Public Defender of Georgia and the Promoting Integration, Tolerance and Awareness Project (PITA) of the Unitied Nations Association of Georgia (UNAG) funded by the United States International Agency (USAID) The event was attended by representatives of state agencies, diplomatic missions. International Tolerance day is celebrated each year by Public Defenders and Tolerance Center since 2006.