There are many churches functioning in Georgia, apart from Armenian Apostolic church, but none of them has status and is recognized by the authorities, chairman of Javakhk union Shirak Torosyan told NEWS.am. Earlier today Yelena Tevdoradze, Georgian Deputy Minister of Reintegration, stated that Georgia would never recognize and give status to the Armenian Apostolic church.
“The issue of church’s status has been raised by the local Armenian community since the day of Georgia’s independence. However, they always face tough stance of the Georgian authorities. Interestingly, earlier Reintegration Minister Timur Yakobashvili said that bill providing right for ethnic minorities to register their religious organizations will be drafted and included in the agenda of Georgian parliament. At the moment Deputy Minister claims the opposite. It proves there is a certain contradiction in the statements of the Georgian officials. The point is western powers are still considering Georgia a democratic state. Meanwhile, the fundamental postulate of a democratic state is protection of human rights which are violated in Georgia every day,” he noted.