On November 17, at a traditional event dedicated to the International Day of Tolerance the Council of National Minorities and the Council of Religions of the Public Defender Office revealed Supporters of Tolerance of the year.
The Council of Religions granted Supporter of Tolerance award for the contribution to the development of culture of tolerance in Georgia to: Nargiz Jincharadze, the principal of the Kobuleti Public School N5; Tamar Kordzaia, member of the Georgian Parliament, Media Development Foundation (MDF) and Levan Sutidze, the anchor of TV company Tabula programme "Talks about Religion".
The Council of National Minorities presented awards to: historian Gia Anchabadze; Leri Khabelov, member of the Georgian Parliament; Suleiman Suleimanov, former Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper "Gurjistan”, Council of Women of Georgia and Ethnic Minority-Language programme of the Georgian Public Broadcaster.
The Public Defender Ucha Nanuashvili and Acting Director of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Thomas Morris granted awards to the winners of the Journalist competition "Tolerance and Diversity”.
The top prize was won by Eka Kukhalashvili for the article "”Sterile” Georgian historiography and textbooks without Muslim public figures” published in "Kutaisi post”; the second place went to journalist of the newspaper "Southern Gate” Tamar Uchidze for the article "Fight for a holy place”; and the third prize was awarded to Gela Mtivlishvili, Kakheti Information Centre for the article "Forbidden prayer” and Irma Kakhurashvili, "National Geographic” Magazine for the article "Georgian House of Muslims”.
The International Day for Tolerance is marked every year as a reminder of the need for respect, dialogue and cooperation between cultures and civilizations. The International Day for Tolerance was first marked in 1996 on the initiative of the UN General Assembly. On November 16, 1995, the UNESCO had adopted the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance.