Statements

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Georgian Dream decision undermines the stability and future prospects for Georgia

We, the undersigned civil society organizations, would like to react to the statement by the Chair of the ruling party Georgian Dream, Mr. Irakli Kobakhidze, on the withdrawal from the EU brokered so-called ”Charles Michel agreement” signed by the Georgian Dream on April 19.

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Letter of media outlets and civil society to Charles Michel

Now more than ever, Georgia’s international partners should stand united in support of democracy and fundamental freedoms in the country. We urge you to continue your close engagement with Georgia’s leadership and speak publicly against democratic setbacks, and work with Georgia’s civil society to ensure the country’s progress on the path to the Euro-Atlantic integration.

 

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Statement on the Large-Scale Violence against Journalists

The cases of violation of journalists' rights in Georgia have reached a critical point. Hereby, we reiterate that the government has failed to guarantee the safety and security of media representatives as earlier attacks on journalists went largely unpunished.

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The Selection of Candidates for the Supreme Court Judges is Arbitrary and Unfair

On June 17, 2021, the High Council of Justice held a ballot for the Supreme Court candidates to be nominated to the Parliament. As a result, nine candidates were selected.

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IDFI Negatively Assesses the Suggested Amnesty for Violations of Covid-related Regulations

On June 24, the Prime Minister of Georgia announced an expected amnesty for those fines that were issued for violating Covid-related regulations. According to the Prime Minister, all fines will be written off and all ongoing prosecutions will be terminated.

 

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A New Perspective on Judicial Reform

The legislative changes of 2013-2021 can be characterized as an illusory and incomplete attempt at an institutional modernization of the judiciary, which ultimately created an imitation of a positive transformation instead of a real and systemic change.

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The Coalition Reacts to the Competition of Supreme Court Judicial Candidates

The Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary calls on the Parliament to elect Supreme Court judges based on a political consensus between the parliamentary majority and the opposition, otherwise, to refrain from making a decision regarding this issue until a fundamental justice reform is implemented.

 

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Coalition: A New Constitutional Court Judge Should be Elected through an Inclusive Process

On July 26, 2021, the term of Tamaz Tsabutashvili, a Constitutional Court judge, will expire. The President of Georgia must appoint a new member of the Court. According to the law, the new judge must be appointed from June 26 to July 16.

 

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Government’s inaction demonstrates its support for judicial clan

On 26 May, the Conference of Judges elected four members to the High Council of Justice (HCJ) for a four-year term thus completely ignoring calls by international partners and non-governmental organisations and further strengthening the positions of the clan dominating the judicial system as a result of this decision.

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Signatory Organizations Demand Suspension of the Election of Judges to the High Council of Justice

The signatory organizations call on the judges of the Common Courts of Georgia not to hold the XXIX Extraordinary Conference on May 26, intended to elect four judges to the High Council of Justice of Georgia.

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