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.
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.
Almost 9 months have passed since the investigation started in the abduction case of the Azerbaijani journalist and activist Afgan Mukhtarli from the territory of Georgia but regardless high public interest to this case information about the progress of investigation is unknown.
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.
Georgian CSOs address the management of RFE/RL with regards to recent developments around the Georgian Service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
On January 15, 2018, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia (MIA) published a statement on its official website acknowledging that information on the arrest of Giorgi Kldiashvili disseminated by the Ministry on December 17, 2014 was misleading and included inaccurate description of factual circumstances.
Effective fight against crime is the state’s most important authority, but this must always be done with maximum respect to human rights. The state must use those measures for ensuring public safety that require minimum interference in fundamental rights.
On December 15, 2017, the Parliament of Georgia adopted new constitutional amendments with the second hearing. The amendments were initially aimed at incorporating critical remarks issued by the Venice Commission on a number of specific provisions. However, changes were made to additional provisions as well, including those on access to public information.
Signatories to this statement are reacting to the process of constitutional amendments whose declared purpose should be reflection of the recommendations of the Venice Commission regarding constitutional changes of 2017. However, draft constitutional amendments submitted to the parliament reveal that this process goes beyond the initially determined aim and includes such changes which do not serve the purpose of reflecting recommendations of the Venice Commission. Moreover, the content of the newly initiated amendments is problematic and unprepared.
It has come to our knowledge that the Parliament of Georgia may follow the initiative proposed by the Ministry of Justice to amend the text of the new Constitution and lower the constitutional standard of access to public information.
|13 March 2019|