NGOs issue the statement regarding Kortskheli incident. The undersigned organizations consider, the investigation of the incident in Kortskheli as ineffective and call on the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Chief Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia to take adequate and timely steps in order to bring to justice all perpetrators and organizers of this violent act.
Coalition addresses the initiators of the Third Wave drafts and political factions in the Parliament with a demand to consider the crisis existing in the court system and take timely steps towards the fundamental reform of the justice system. In order to achieve this objective the Third Wave amendments have to be adopted and enacted on time. This will create a platform for the future reform, which will be more inclusive and open for substantive discussions.
The Coalition for Media Advocacy calls on law enforcement agencies in Zugdidi to conduct the investigation of the physical confrontation at the Kortskheli polling station and hold perpetrators responsible under Article 154 of the Criminal Code (interference with journalistic activity) as well.
On May 16, 2016, the Tbilisi City Court found five high-ranking officials of the Ministry of Defense guilty in the so-called “cable case” and sentenced them to seven years of imprisonment. At this stage, the substantiated judgment of the Court is not available, although the present statement is based the assessment of the circumstances and facts that were made public by the parties in the trial, as well as on the information obtained during the trials and that mentioned in open sources and reports.
The Coalition for Independent and Transparent Judiciary issued a statement that expresses coalition members' deep concerns over the legislative amendments on Constitutional Court adopted by the Georgian Parliament. The Coalition believes that the actions of the legislative body are directed not only against the Constitutional Court bench or/and specific judges, but these actions intend to paralyze the work of the Constitutional Court and diminish its important role thereby jeopardizing the values of fundamental importance for a democratic state.
The Coalition provides an opinion on the process as a result of which the President of Georgia presented several candidates to fill the Supreme Court’s vacant seats. According to current legislation, President is authorized to present any candidate which meets the criteria provided in law to the Parliament. The legislation has no particular selection procedure for candidates.
Coalition for Independent and Transparent Judiciary issued the statements that includes the opinion of the coalition member organizations - on legislative package drafted for reforming the Code of Administrative Violations - consideration of which will strengthen the implementation process of the reform.
The campaign This Affects You and its member NGOs once again condemn the recent leak of sex tapes and attempts to blackmail specific individuals and the whole society. The campaign calls on the government to take concrete steps to combat illegal surveillance and wiretapping.
More than 40 civil society organizations in Georgia sent an open letter to the President of European People's Party (EPP) Hon. Mr. Joseph Daul requesting EPP's increased support towards Georgia’s European integration path.
Chairman of Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum Georgian National Platform and the member organizations of the Platform’s Coordination Council sent a letter to the President of European People’s Party Hon. Mr. Joseph Daul requesting support in timely consideration and decision on granting to Georgian citizens a visa free travel right to the Schengen area.