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15
June2017

Nongovernmental Organizations Call for Reforming the Repressive Drug Policy and the Police System

The Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary and the National Platform for Drug Policy react to the Kutaisi City Court decision on the case of induced suicide committed by Demur Sturia and the criminal case of the band Birzha Mafia pending at Tbilisi City Court.

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14
June2017

The Georgian Parliament might do away with public involvement when deciding to increase or introduce new taxes

The Georgian Parliament is currently holding committee hearings of an updated version of the country’s Constitution. One of the suggestions proposed during these hearings by members of the parliamentary majority was to remove Article 67 (Article 94 of the acting Constitution), which requires the government to hold a referendum if it wishes to impose a new kind of state tax (except in case of excise tax), or increase the upper limit for an existing tax (except in cases stipulated by an organic law).

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09
June2017

Coalition Responds to the Proposed Draft Legislation Creating the Investigative Department for Cases of Ill-Treatment

The Coalition to Independent and Transparent Judiciary responds to the draft legislation that would create an investigative department for cases of ill-treatment at the Prosecutor’s Office rather than an independent investigative mechanism. The Coalition believes that this does not meet the minimum requirements for independence and transparency, and clearly demonstrates the government’s lack of political will to implement real reform.

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05
June2017

Coalition Addresses the Hearing of Legislative Amendments on Lifetime Appointment of Judges

The Parliament of Georgia is hearing proposed amendments to the legislation regulating judicial probation, with the view of complying with the Constitutional Court decision on the subject. The amendments are important for ensuring that competent and honorable judges populate the judicial system and also the accountability of High Council of Justice (HCOJ), since the law should determine the circle of judges who will be exempted from the probation period and set the procedure for their lifetime appointment.

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31
May2017

Non-governmental organizations’ appeal to the Government of Georgia regarding possible extradition of Mustafa Chabuk to Turkey

The organizations, signing below the present statement, are concerned regarding the process of extradition of Mustafa Emre Chabuk to Turkey, initiated by the Government of Georgia, and are calling upon the Government of Georgia to  refrain itself from handing over  Mustafa Chabuk to the Government of Turkey, where he will be possibly subjected to political persecution, torture, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, and will have no access to fair trial.  

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