Statements

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The Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary Calls on the Government of Georgia to Change Composition Rules and Procedures of the Commission for the Selection of the Strasbourg Court Judicial Candidates

The Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary calls on the Government to change the composition rules (composition) and procedures of the Commission for the selection of the Strasbourg Court judicial candidates. If the majority of the Commission members continue to represent the government branches, representatives of independent institutions will stay in the minority and the Commission will continue to act according to the same procedures. Correspondingly, the involvement of the Commission in the selection process will not ensure the selection and submission of appropriate candidates to Strasbourg.

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The Coalition Strongly Criticizes Arbitrary Dismissal of Tbilisi City Court Criminal Collegium Chair

On July 24, the High Council of Justice dismissed Giorgi Ebanoidze, Tbilisi City Court Criminal Collegium Chair. The Coalition believes that the Council’s decision is illegal and represents another example of power abuse.

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NGOs Respond to Media Reports on Informal Ties Between the Government and Judiciary

We would like to respond to media reports of July 10 showing an informal meeting between Vano Zardiashvili, deputy chairperson of the Georgian Parliament’s Legal Issues Committee, Mikheil Chinchaladze, chairperson of the Tbilisi Court of Appeal, and Giorgi Mikautadze, new secretary of the High Council of Justice. Media reports also included a photo of Giorgi Mikautadze together with leaders of the Georgian Dream ruling party and the Deputy Chief Prosecutor.

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Second Commission for Selecting the Georgian Nominees for European Court of Human Rights Judgeship in 2017 Again Failed to Ensure Fair and Transparent Selection Procedures

The Coalition for Independent and Transparent Judiciary responds to the selection process of the Georgian candidate for the European Court of Human Rights.

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The Coalition for Independent and Transparent Judiciary addresses the renewed High Council of Justice

The High Council of Justice will hold its first meeting with its renewed composition on July 3. On June 21, the term of 8 members of the HCOJ expired.

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IDFI Opinions on Draft Law Amending the "Law on National Regulatory Authorities"

On June 12 2017, a draft law amending the Law on National Regulatory Authorities was registered in the Parliament, aiming to limit the scope of the new Civil Service Law on the employees of regulatory authorities. Namely, according to the amendments, the staff of regulatory agencies will be exempt from the requirements of the law in areas of remuneration, classification, bonuses, promotion, disciplinary actions, evaluation, etc. 

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Alert on Deterioration of Democracy in Georgia

We are sending this message on behalf of 30 civil society originations to alert you on some very damaging actions by the ruling political party in Georgia, which does adversely affect the quality of democracy in the country and is a dangerous attempt consolidate political power.

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The Ruling Party’s Decision about the Election System is Unacceptable

On June 19, the ruling party unveiled its decision to keep the mixed election system for the 2020 parliamentary elections and to replace it with a fully proportional election system for the 2024 elections. In addition, according to representatives of the majority, the threshold for the 2020 elections will be reduced to 3% as a one-time initiative, while the decision about the abolishment of party blocks (electoral coalitions) will remain intact. 

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NGO’s Demand Public Discussion of the Draft Law on Public Broadcaster

On June 17, 2017, at a working meeting in the Parliament of Georgia, the Legal Issues Committee announced plans to initiate amendments to the Law on Broadcasting.

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Nongovernmental Organizations Call for Reforming the Repressive Drug Policy and the Police System

The Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary and the National Platform for Drug Policy react to the Kutaisi City Court decision on the case of induced suicide committed by Demur Sturia and the criminal case of the band Birzha Mafia pending at Tbilisi City Court.

 

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