News

04
May2018

The Tbilisi City Court’s Judgment in the Aiisa Case Amounts to a Serious Violation of the Fundamental Right to Freedom of Expression

On 4 May 2018, the judgment rendered by a judge of the Tbilisi City Court – Lasha Tavartkiladze – in the case of the Tbilisi City Hall v. Aiisa constituted a serious interference with the right to freedom of expression of the owner of the company Aiisa. The court has held that Aiisa’s owner is accountable for the violation of the statutory procedure for the distribution of the advertisement. The court imposed a fine of GEL 500 on the owner, Ani Gachechiladze. The court also ordered her to withdraw the advertisement as well as the advertised product already in distribution from the market.

01
May2018

NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS DEMAND RESIGNATION OF SOPHIO KILADZE FROM THE POSITION OF CHAIRPERSON OF THE COMMITTEE

The Parliament of Georgia, the representative body of the people, must play a decisive role in establishing the human rights standards and monitoring the process of its execution. The special committee in the Parliament acts to protect human rights and civil integration.

25
April2018

Statement of the “No to Phobia!” civil platform regarding the initiative on punishability of insults to” religious feelings”

The initiative submitted to the Parliament of Georgia by MP Emzar Kvitsiani, which provides for criminal liability for “insults to religious feelings”, causes extreme concern. Such initiative contradicts both constitutional and international standards of freedom of expression and is an attempt to suppress critical opinion in the society.

20
April2018

Joint Statement of No To Phobia Civil Platform about Gender Equality Council 2018-20 Action Plan

We negatively assess the approval of the Gender Equality Council 2018-2020 Action Plan on April 17, 2018 by the Parliament of Georgia, as, on the one hand, the Action Plan has not been worked out with the involvement of civil society, and on the other hand, the plan does not reflect the needs of women belonging to various vulnerable groups (including religious and ethnic minorities, lesbian, bisexual and transgender women, and disabled women).

09
April2018

Joint Statement of No to Phobia Civil Platform and the Coalition for Equality about Attack on Black Students

The attack on black students in the evening of April 8 in Dighmis Masivi is extremely alarming. Video of the event shows racist statements and motives of attackers. Together with recently identified other crimes motivated by intolerance, this incident indicates that the state should implement a consistent and systemic anti-discrimination policy.  

02
April2018

The Coalition Responds to the Initiative on Closing the High Council of Justice Sessions to Public

At the March 26 session of the High Council of Justice (HCOJ), judge-member Sergo Metopishvili announced that he plans to put forward an initiative for closing the HCOJ sessions to the public on the official agenda. We believe the judge-member’s initiative contradicts both the law and the principles of democratic governance. Such initiatives can only be damaging to the transparency of the HCOJ’s work, the possibility of voicing dissent at the HCOJ, and the reputation of the judiciary.

30
March2018

The Coalition Calls on the Independent Inspector to Study Cases of Gender -Based Harassment

The Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary is concerned about the increasing frequency of statements at the High Council of Justice (HCOJ) sessions that are discriminatory based on gender and the increasingly unequal atmosphere, which is directed towards crushing dissent at the HCOJ.

30
March2018

The Coalition’s Legislative Proposal on the System of Disciplinary Liability of Judges

The Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary submitted legislative proposal to the Parliament of Georgia. The proposal aims at improvement of the grounds for disciplinary liability of judges and reforming the institution of an Independent Inspector.