Discussion in Gurjaani

On February 1, 2014, NGO Georgian Democracy Initiative held a discussion for journalists in the press club of the Information Center of Kakheti in Gurjaani. The topic of the discussion was tolerance and the prohibition of discrimination.


Joint statement of non-governmental organizations

Georgian Democracy Initiative (GDI), Transparency International – Georgia (TI) and Media Development Foundation (MDF) express their grave concern over allegations voiced by Batumi-based independent TV station, Channel25 founder and director Giorgi Surmanidze and owner Jemal Verdzadze.


Joint Statement of Georgian Democracy Initiative (GDI), Transparecy International (TI), Georgian Young Lawyers` Association (GYLA), International Society for Fair and Democratic Elections (ISFED) and Media Development Foundation (MDF)

Georgian Democracy Initiative (GDI), Transparecy International (TI), Georgian Young Lawyers` Association (GYLA), Media Development Foundation (MDF), Human Rights Education and Monitoring Center (EMC) and International Society for Fair and Democratic Elections (ISFED) express serious concern over the insufficient and inadequate reaction of the Georgian authorities to claim made by Secretary General of UNM opposition party and the former Prime Minister Vano Merabishvili on his alleged kidnapping from prison cell.


NGOs call on the Minister of Justice and the Prime Minister of Georgia to show appropriate responsibility in appointing the new Chief Prosecutor

On December 30, 2013, the Chief Prosecutor of Georgia, Otar Partskhaladze, resigned from the office. The events that developed in connection with him, including the questions that arose about his criminal record and legal education, clearly demonstrated the importance of selecting the right candidate and of the responsibility of the officials responsible for the selection and appointment of the Chief Prosecutor – the Minister of Justice and the Prime Minister – in this process.


A joint statement of the MDF and GDI in connection with the Public Broadcaster

The Media Development Foundation (MDF) and Georgian Democracy Initiative (GDI) express concern about the situation that has developed in connection with recruitment of members of the Board of Trustees of the Public Broadcaster. The fact that the parliamentary majority only nominated one candidate for the Board of Trustees, instead of three as required by law, and refused to support half of the candidates for the Board membership at the session of the Parliament raises legitimate questions as to how well the parliamentary majority had realized the practical aspect of the model it had proposed when it approved the corresponding legislative changes.


Discussion in Batumi on the topic of tolerance

On December 26, 2013, in the Press Café in Batumi, Georgian Democracy Initiative held a discussion on the issues of tolerance. The discussion was led by a lawyer of Georgian Democracy Initiative, Giorgi Mshvenieradze, and theologian Beka Mindiashvili.


Gigi Ugulava’s Statement Must Be Reacted To

As publicly known, the Mayor of Tbilisi Gigi Ugulava made a statement on 21 December 2013 before a court hearing that the judge trying the case is under duress of certain persons including the current and former employees of the Interior Ministry’s General Inspection. He has named concrete individuals who, as he alleges, are exercising duress on the judge. We believe this statement requires timely and adequate reaction from the relevant entities. 


Statement of the Georgian Democracy Initiative (GDI) on the recent information disseminated by IvaneMerabishvili

GDI expresses its grave concern on the inadequate response of the Georgian authorities on the information revealed in the statement made in the courtroom by IvaneMerabishvili on 17 December and calls upon the authorities to immediately launch the criminal investigation on those facts.