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.
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.
The Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary calls on the Parliament of Georgia to start working on justice system reform promptly and to ensure that the High Council of Justice is made up of qualified and trustworthy members.
The Institute for Development of Freedom of Information and the Georgian Young Lawyers' Association respond to the fact that the two most important policy documents - the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan and the Public Administration Reform Action Plan, which are to define the commitments of the public agencies to be carried out in 2021-2022 - are not yet developed in the second quarter of 2021.
On April 30, in Russia, Ivan Pavlov, a lawyer who heads IDFI's partner human rights organization Team 29 (Команда 29) was arrested.
On April 18, the proposal document submitted to the political parties by the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, was published. The ultimate goal of the document is to end the current political crisis in Georgia.
On April 1, an annual report on the work of the State Inspector's Service was published, which includes detailed information on the state of personal data protection in the country, on conducting covert investigative activities, and controlling the activities performed within the central databank of electronic communications identification data, as well as the status of criminal investigations under the Service, activities carried out by the Service in this regard, identified challenges and plans for the future.
The Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary reacts to the amendments to the Organic Law of Georgia on Common Courts submitted by Anri Okhanashvili, Chairman of the Legal Issues Committee, and believes that the proposed fragmented changes are completely detached from the current reality.
Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) responds to the facts mentioned in an interview given to the “Mtavari” channel by a former employee of the State Security Service of Georgia about the illegal extraction of personal life footage.
We are reacting to the audio recording broadcast on TV Pirveli, the alleged participants of which are, the incumbent Prime Minister, the head of the Special State Protection Service, and Bera Ivanishvili.
|29 May 2021|