News

28
June2013

The Georgian Democracy Initiative responds to the detention of employees of the Tbilisi self-government body by the Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia in the morning hours of June 27, 2013

According to the information at our disposal, employees of the Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia detained various officials of the Tbilisi City Hall and members of the majority of the City Council (Sakrebulo) in the morning hours of June 27, 2013.

27
June2013

GDI publishes an unofficial translation of the opinion of the Venice Commission on the draft Law on the Temporary State Commission on Miscarriages of Justice

On June 17, 2013, the Venice Commission and the Justice and Human Dignity Directorate, which is a structural unit of the Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law of the Council of Europe, released a joint opinion on the draft Law of Georgia on the Temporary State Commission on Miscarriages of Justice.

19
June2013

A joint statement of NGOs

We, the Georgian Democracy Initiative (GDI), the Media Development Foundation (MDF), and the Human Rights Education and Monitoring Center (EMC), are responding to the draft Conclusion prepared by the Committee on Human Rights and Civil Integration of the Parliament of Georgia about the events of May 17.

16
June2013

Joint statement of GDI and MDF about eradicating ethnic, religious, sexist and homo/transphobic rhetoric in politics and making the Georgian politics healthy

We would like to once again turn the public’s attention to the xenophobic statements and assessments that have assumed a dangerous scale in Georgia’s political discourse and already established themselves as the norm. The Georgian media landscape is pervaded with such rhetoric, which is clearly shown by the results of a number of studies conducted in the corresponding direction

13
June2013

On June 14 NGOs will hold a manifestation in support of the local Muslim population in the village of Samtatskaro

Tomorrow, on June 14, civil society representatives will hold a manifestation to protest against acts of interference with religious practice by the local Muslim population in the village of Samtatskaro, Dedoplistskaro District over the last three weeks, and to show their support for tolerance and rights of religious minority.

05
June2013

The GDI approaches the Constitutional Court with a claim against the Minister of Education and Science on behalf of publishers

Five publishing houses in Georgia have approached the Constitutional Court of Georgia with a demand to find the provisions of the Order of the Minister of Education and Science of Georgia on the basis of which the Ministry of Education and Science appropriated the copyrights under their ownership unconstitutional. The Georgian Democratic Initiative (GDI) is going to render legal assistance to the publishers during the proceedings in the Constitutional Court.

03
June2013

A joint statement of NGOs regarding the religious confrontation in the village of Samtatskaro, Dedoplistskaro District

We would like to respond to the cases of religious confrontation that have taken place over the last two weeks in the village of Samtatskaro, Dedoplistskaro District, during which the religious freedom of the local Muslim population, which is guaranteed by the Constitution, was grossly violated. It should be noted that the NGOs that have signed this statement were directly observing the processes that developed in Samtatskaro on May 31, and the facts and assessments presented in the present statement are based on the results of our monitoring.

02
June2013

A statement of NGOs regarding the developments in the villages adjacent to the conflict zone

On May 29-31, 2013, news outlets disseminated the information that the Russian occupation forces had put up barbed wire fences on the area of the villages of Ditsi, Dvani, and Perevi along the occupation line of the Tskhinvali region.