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09
December2019

The Acting Chief Justice is violating the Law

According to the Constitution, the Supreme Court appoints three out of the nine members of the Constitutional Court. It was through this procedure, that Constitutional Court Justice Maia Kopaleishvili, whose term ended on December 5, was appointed.

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18
November2019

Special Statement of Georgian Non-Governmental Organizations

In light of the ongoing tense political developments in the country, we are calling on the government:

To reject the use of any type of force against the demonstrators and avoid the escalation of the situation, which could potentially result in a state of full-fledged political instability and transform into events that could go beyond all legislative frameworks.

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15
November2019

Address of Georgian Civil Society Organizations and Civic activists to the European Socialists Party (PES)

We, the undersigned representatives of the Georgian civil society organizations and civic activists, would like to address you at this important moment in the history of modern Georgia and urge you to take immediate and adequate actions responding to the grave challenges to the pluralistic and participatory democracy in the country, as a result of the actions of the ruling party Georgian Dream, a sister party to PES, which adds on to the ongoing state capture by the informal governor of Georgia and the chair of the party Mr. Ivanishvili.

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14
November2019

Emergency Joint Statement by NGOs

Today the Parliament of Georgia down voted the draft constitutional amendments that envisaged holding the upcoming parliamentary elections in 2020 through a fully proportional election system. The decision of the Georgian Dream to backtrack on their key promise to change the election system can prove to be a pivotal point in the democratic development of the country. It is important to note that the transition to a fully proportional election system was not only the promise of a single political entity or the will of a small segment of the public, but it was the demand of the entire society and was supported by nearly all political parties and public groups.

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11
November2019

The Coalition’s Opinion on the Proposed Amendments to the Organic Law on Common Courts

On June 12, 2019 the bill known as the fourth wave of judicial reforms was submitted to the Parliament. The Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary considers that, among the changes, the specification of grounds for disciplinary responsibility of judges and separation of the selection of listeners of the High School of Justice (HSoJ) from the functions of the High Council of Justice (HCOJ) is to be commended. At the same time, the bill introduces several innovations that the Coalition is critical of.

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