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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.

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.

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.

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.

09
November2019

No to Phobia: Response Regarding the Events of 8 November 2019

The civic platform No to Phobia responds to the events unfolded on 8 November 2019 regarding the premiere of the film "And Then We Danced". We believe that the measures taken by law-enforcement authorities were not sufficient to prevent the actions of violent groups and the threats emanating from them. The state authorities must take appropriate measures and take an unequivocal stance to fight hate crimes.

17
October2019

The Prosecutor General’s diploma still raises questions

The Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary reacts to discussions concerning the authenticity of the diploma of Shalva Tadumadze, Prosecutor General of Georgia. 

19
September2019

Assessment of the Working Group Creation Process by the Legal Committee

The Georgian legislation envisions creation of a Working Group by the Legal Committee in the process of selection of Supreme Court justices.

13
September2019

The Coalition assesses the process of selection of Supreme Court justices at the High Council of Justice

On May 10, 2019, the High Council of Justice (HCoJ) commenced the process of selection of Supreme Court judicial candidates to be nominated to the Parliament of Georgia. The process lasted for 4 months and was finalized on September 4, 2019.