We, the signatory organizations, are responding to the information distributed by the media on November 8, according to which, Giorgi Mdinaradze, the lawyer with legal aid service had suffered physical injuries at the hands of the policemen.
If the TV station’s current lawyers have their power of attorney for the dispute suspended, it will be a clear violation of the fundamental rights of fair trial and access to court since they will no longer have the possibility of filing an appeal against this ruling or the summary decision.
Media Advocacy Coalition States that it Finds Inadmissible the Interference of the Court in Media Content
The Coalition positively assessed the fact of introduction of Prosecutorial Council and Prosecutors Assembly as collegial bodies representing prosecutors. We hope that this novelty will serve as a mechanism for increasing independence of the Prosecutor’s Office and empowering individual prosecutors with an aim to create an accountable and trustworthy Prosecutorial System.
We are concerned that the statements made by the Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili on October 22 may encourage political activists and civil servants, and the attacks on journalists may become more frequent.
NGOs made a joint statement regarding promotion of judges at High Council of Justice
IDFI's Statement Regarding the Public Information Received from the State Service of Veterans Afaairs
Media Advocacy Coalition made a statement regarding the seizure of shares of LTD TV Company Georgia, which owns 51% shares of Rustavi2.
IDFI made a statement regarding recently initiated draft law on bonuses in public sector
The Coalition’s position on the version of the draft adopted on the third reading is that despite certain positive changes, the goal of the draft law – to depoliticize the system – has not been achieved, because despite the Venice Commission opinion the presented changes are fragmental and are not concerned with major principles which in the future shall ensure effective independence of the Prosecutor’s Office.