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.

04
November2020

NGOs assessment of the 2020 parliamentary elections

On October 31, 2020, the parliamentary elections were held in Georgia in accordance with the updated electoral system. The citizens of Georgia had the opportunity to elect a legislative body based on a model that is close to the proportional system, and this should be considered as an important step forward. Despite this change, we believe that the Georgian government has failed to ensure the elections adhere to democratic standards. Moreover, in our assessment, the 2020 parliamentary elections were the least democratic and free among the elections held under the Georgian Dream government.

30
October2020

The Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary Reacts to the XXVIII Extraordinary Judicial Conference

The XXVIII extraordinary judicial conference is scheduled for October 30, 2020. According to the agenda, the conference is supposed to appoint 2 judge members of the High Council of Justice of Georgia, including the Council Secretary.

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).  

20
October2020

Concrete Measures Should Be Taken To Reduce Pandemic Risks In Parliamentary Elections

The undersigned organizations are responding to the current severe epidemiological situation in Georgia. We would like to express our utmost concern and sorrow for the people who are infected and have passed away from the coronavirus. Along with the soaring infection rate, it seems the government is finding it more difficult to cope with the crisis. The parliamentary elections are to be held in two weeks in these circumstances.

09
October2020

The First 10 Steps of Judicial Reform

On October 9, at the initiative of non-governmental organizations, a presentation of the 10 steps concept of judicial reform and a signing ceremony was held. The concept was developed taking into account the multi-year observations and studies of the non-governmental sector.