We, the undersigned civil society organizations from Georgia and Ukraine, believe that Russia's ongoing military invasion of Ukraine represents an unprovoked and unjustified aggression against a sovereign state, and is an attempt to dismantle European and Global Security architecture, which requires the strongest possible response of the international community
On December 30, 2021, in the pre-New Year period, at an extraordinary session, without public involvement and consultations, the Parliament of Georgia hastily adopted legislative amendments to the Organic Law of Georgia on Common Courts.
The formal basis for the liquidation of the Memorial was the accusation of the Prosecutor's Office of violating the mandatory labeling of a "foreign agent" by the organization, which occurred more than a year ago.
The Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary is concerned about the expedited review of the amendments to the Organic Law of Georgia on Common Courts by the Parliament of Georgia.
On December 25, 2021, it was reported that the Parliament of Georgia, in an expedited manner, plans to review a draft law aimed at abolishing the State Inspector's Service and replacing it with a Special Investigation Service and Personal Data Protection Service.
On December 13, 2021, the Bureau of the Parliament decided to expeditiously consider the draft law initiated by the members of the Georgian Dream on advertising games of chance. The amendments concern several legal acts, including the Law of Georgia on Broadcasting. The presented legislative package has significant financial effects.
We, the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) involved in the process of Open Government Partnership (OGP), would like to express our concern about continued inaction on the part of the Government of Georgia, due to which the OGP process in Georgia has been suspended for over two years.
The Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary considers the appointment of four Supreme Court judges by the Parliament to be unjustified and damaging. The Coalition believes that the existing rules for the selection and appointment of judges are fundamentally problematic, as they do not sufficiently mitigate the risks of internal and external influences on the process. At the same time, the Parliament makes a final decision based on a single-party vote, in the absence of a broad political consensus. Consequently, in this context, the appointment of four Supreme Court judges further reduces the already deficient trust in the justice system.
The Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary considers the commencement of parliamentary hearings of Supreme Court candidates unjustified.
Access to judicial acts is critical for ensuring judicial accountability. Citizens should have an opportunity to get an accurate idea about the quality of justice, as well as substantiation and fairness of judicial decisions.