News

28
November2020

"No To Phobia’s" statement on the exception of Christmas Eve.

The civil platform "No To Phobia!" responds to the statements made by the Prime Minister and the Vice-Prime Minister of Georgia about the planned exceptions to the curfew. The Platform calls on the Georgian authorities to consider principles of equality and rule of law when imposing restrictions, as well as exceptions, and not to set a new precedent for discrimination.

09
November2020

Statement by GDI, ISFED, HRC and TI regarding an introduction of the curfew order

GDI, ISFED, HRC and TI, responding to the measures taken by the Government of Georgia aimed at restricting freedom of movement, consider that imposition of the curfew order by the resolution of Government of Georgia is unconstitutional, as Government of Georgia does not have legislative authority to restrict freedom of movement. Moreover, this step is perceived as an attempt to suppress current wave of protests, and as such cannot be considered as an effective, necessary and proportionate measure for achieving legitimate objective.

09
November2020

Use of force by the law enforcement officers at the CEC Building was illegal and unconstitutional

Georgian Democracy Initiative expresses its concern in relation to the events that have unfolded by the building of Central Election Commission on the night of 8th of November, 2020. We believe that the use of force was an egregious breach of law and the violation of the freedom of assembly protected by the Constitution of Georgia.

23
October2020

Democracy and Human Rights During Pandemic and The State of Emergency

On October 23, 2020, the International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED), the Georgian Democracy Initiative (GDI) and the Human Rights Center (HRC) organized the presentation of the study on “Democracy and Human Rights during pandemic and the state of emergency”. A group of the researchers invited by the GDI and the ISFED has studied the legal basis and the International standards as well as the measures undertaken by the Government of Georgia in the fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  

02
October2020

Non-Government Organisations Call for Adequate Response from Georgia’s Investigative and Security Bodies as well as from the State Audit Office on Dossier’s Report about the Alliance of Patriots of Georgia

On 24 and 31 August 2020, the investigative reporting platform, Dossier, which tracks the Kremlin’s criminal networks, published two reports on connections and financial relations between the Kremlin and the Alliance of Patriots of Georgia.

08
September2020

The Coalition Statement on the Draft Amendments to the Organic Law of Georgia on Common Courts Initiated in the Parliament of Georgia

The Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary believes that the proposed draft amendments to the Law of Georgia on Common Courts are fragmented and do not address the challenges and problems that are characteristic not only to the process of selection of Supreme Court judges, but also to the judiciary, in general.

04
September2020

Statement of the GDI on the restrictions on leaving the territory of Georgia for the Georgian citizens

The GDI responds to the law adopted by the Parliament of Georgia on 2 September 2020, according to which, starting from 1 January 2021, the border police will place restrictions for the Georgian citizens on leaving the Georgian territory with the aim to enter the Schengen Zone if they do not comply with the criteria indicated in the law. The GDI considers that the adopted law is unconstitutional and fails to comply with the international standards. 

03
September2020

Civil Platform “No to Phobia!” Responds to the Pre-election Campaign of “Alliance of Patriots of Georgia”

Civil Platform “No to Phobia!” expresses its concern about the xenophobic/Turkophobic rhetoric of the political party “Alliance of Patriots of Georgia” and states that the activities of the party contain signs feeding ethnic strife, which according to Article 23(3) of the Constitution of Georgia is prohibited.