News

06
June2014

A statement of NGOs regarding the Hope Festival

We, the signatory organizations, are responding to the events that developed in connection with the International Hope Festival and believe that interrupting the conduct of the festival restricts the religious freedom of the religious organizations that are organizers of the event and festival participants, and presumably contains signs of religious discrimination.

04
June2014

Appeal Letter to the Permanent Missions of the UN Member States to the United Nations

We, the representatives of the Georgian civil society organizations (CSOs) with this appeal letter would like to  ask you to support the UN General Assembly resolution on the “Status of the IDPs and Refugees from Abkhazia, Georgia and the Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia, Georgia” to be voted on June 5, 2014.

30
May2014

A statement of NGOs about the incident that took place in Gardabani

We express our concern about the incident that took place in Gardabani on the night of May 28 when groups of citizens living in Gardabani confronted each other physically. The clash was so serious (according to eye witness accounts, about 300 people took part in the confrontation) that, according to news agencies, it became necessary to mobilize a special purpose unit to diffuse the situation. 

28
May2014

A joint statement of NGOs Georgian Democracy Initiative (GDI), Media Development Foundation (MDF) and Tolerance and Diversity Institute (TDI)

We express deep concern about the attack on Zurab Chiaberashvili and Nodar Ladaria that took place on May 27 and call on the authorities to investigate this fact in a timely manner and effectively, as well as to hold all the offenders responsible. At the same time, we call on all politicians and public persons to refrain from making comments that contain hate speech and encourage aggression.

16
May2014

Discussion in Gardabani on the topic of prohibition of discrimination

On May 16, 2014, NGO Georgian Democracy Initiative held a discussion in Gardabani for pupils of graduating class on the issues of tolerance and prohibition of discrimination.

06
May2014

A statement of Georgian Democracy Initiative in connection with eavesdropping on the management of the Rustavi 2 TV company

Georgian Democracy Initiative expresses deep concern about the information voiced at a special briefing by the Director General of the Rustavi 2 TV company. According to this information, a secret source gave the management of Rustavi 2 audio and video records of the Director General of Rustavi 2, Nika Gvaramia, and the Head of the Information Service, Nino Shubladze, which, according to them, had been kept in the Ministry of Internal Affairs. At the briefing, the Director General also declared about the discovery of damaged places in the offices which were presumably intended for installing the eavesdropping equipment and covert video cameras. 

23
April2014

Russia risks further US sanctions over Ukraine, says Kerry

Russia risks further US sanctions over Ukraine, says Kerry US Secretary of State Jon Kerry has warned of further sanctions on Russia if it does not de-escalate tensions in Ukraine, the BBC says.

15
April2014

A joint statement of representatives of civil society and religious organizations regarding the draft Law on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination

We, the signatories to this statement, express our dissatisfaction and criticism about the draft Law on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination submitted by the Government to the Parliament of Georgia. We believe that the current version of the draft law is essentially a step backwards from the model and standards of struggle against discrimination included in the previous versionwhich the Ministry of Justice had developed through active cooperation with civil society and which had been evaluated positively by international organizations. Effective repressive and preventive mechanisms for elimination of discrimination which envisaged imposition of fines on offenders and instruments of control of mandatory measures to be taken with the aim of eliminating discrimination have been removed from the current draft law initiated by the Government. In addition, the competences and procedural safeguards of the Public Defender in the process of examining facts of discrimination and taking follow-up measures are weak and ineffective.