News

21
March2018

Statement of Civil Platform “NO to Phobia” member NGOs’ on Developments Taken Place at the Building of Rustavi 2

We would like to react on March 19 developments taken place at the building of Rustavi 2 and call on law-enforcement bodies to be strict while reacting on such actions as violence, hindering of journalistic work and freedom of expression.

20
March2018

The Coalition is Appealing the Decision on the Case of a Former Judge

The Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary is representing the interests of former Judge Maia Bakradze in a case against the High Council of Justice (HCOJ). The Coalition applied to the Court in an effort to establish discrimination by the HCOJ. The Coalition considers that the HCOJ treated Maia Bakradze differently because she was the chairperson of Unity of Judges and was known for her critical views of the court system.

19
March2018

Joint Statement of NGOs on Publicized Information about Sexual Harassment

We, the cosigner organizations, express deep concern on the alleged facts of sexual harassment, which have been revealed after nomination of our colleague Zviad Devdariani’s candidacy for a vacant position of GPB’s Board of Trustee.

01
March2018

The Coalition Calls on the Parliament Not to Aggravate Sanctions for Administrative Violations

The Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary negatively assesses the package of draft amendments to the Code of Administrative Violations developed by the Ministry of Internal Affairs. This initiative significantly increases the fines for administrative violations.

01
March2018

The Coalition is Starting “Make Courts Trustworthy” Campaign

Recent developments in the judiciary once again exposed the extent of the systemic problems in the judiciary. It is clear that the reforms implemented in the court system in recent years failed to achieve their main objective of having justice delivered by independent and impartial judges whose integrity and competence are not in doubt.

28
February2018

Coalition for Euro-Atlantic Georgia Responds to the Death of Archil Tatunashvili in Tskhinvali Prison

We, the civil society organizations of Georgia express deep concern about the death of a Georgian citizen Archil Tatunashvili in Tskhinvali prison under suspicious circumstances. We strongly condemn the inhuman act of the de facto regime of the Russian occupied Tskhinvali region to delay handing over the body of the deceased to his family. It is also alarming that the de facto authorities have yet to release two other Georgian citizens - Levan Kutashvili and Ioseb Pavliashvili, who were detained along with Archil Tatunashvili.

14
February2018

The Coalition’s Opinion on the Initiative to Create a State Inspector’s Office

The Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary assesses the draft law developed by the Ministry of Justice of Georgia that aims to introduce the State Inspector’s Office. Under the draft law, this office will replace the Personal Data Protection Inspector and, in addition to performing the latter’s functions, will have the authority to investigate specific crimes committed in the capacity of a law enforcement body’s representative, employee or a person equalized to him.

07
February2018

Challenging members of the High Council Justice and closing of interviews at the time of lifetime appointment of judges becomes a trend

The High Council of Justice is examining the applications of 51 current judges for appointment to office for life. These days, the Council is interviewing the judges, a process which has once again revealed an organized attempt of an influential group of judges to hinder the appointment of judges on the basis of critical assessment of their past activity and competence. This process has also seen a trend of closing interviews by the candidates, which, in a situation of a high public interest, undermines the credibility of the process of judicial appointments.