“Leaving no one behind” is the central principle of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Cooperation and inclusion are key concepts in its implementation, which can be achieved through effective engagement with civil society organizations (CSOs) and NGOs.
Freedom of expression is a mandatory precondition for the establishment of a democratic State. Self-actualization of individuals and the development of society becomes impossible without the freedom of expression. Given the role and importance of the freedom of expression in the rule of law, there is a need of creating a legislative framework that allows free exchange of opinions and information.
The Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) continues to hold trainings for journalists and activists. On August 2, 2019, IDFI team visited Batumi and conducted a training for 22 journalists and activists from the Autonomous Republic of Adjara.
IDFI studied the legislation on animal protection in Georgia and the state of its implementation. For this purpose, IDFI requested public information from relevant state institutions. In addition, IDFI researched international regulations on the subject and got acquainted with the practice of the countries which excel in regards to high animal welfare standards.
Interviews are being undertaken at High Council of Justice for the sake of nomination of candidates of Supreme Court Justices. Zurab Aznaurashvili and Levan Tevzadze are shortlisted candidates. According to a member of High Council of Justice - Nazi Janezashvili, aforementioned shortlisted candidates have close relation with the members of the High Council of Justice - Tamar Oniani and Irakli Shengelia.
One novelty of the updated Organic Law on Prosecution Service is the introduction of permanent consultation bodies in the Prosecutor’s Office, namely: Career Management, Ethics and Incentives Council; and Strategic Development and Criminal Law Policy Council;
Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) published a study on 2015-2018 expenditures and related corruption risks at the National Wrestling Federation of Georgia.
IDFI’s visualizations explains what does the broadened Parliamentary control over the Prosecutor’s Office imply, following the recent changes in the Law on Prosecutor’s Office.
As a result of the reform of the Prosecution Service, the authority of the Prosecutor General was expanded and the powers of the Minister of Justice were transferred to the Prosecutor General.
According to the report, from 16 Recommendations on corruption prevention, Georgia has implemented satisfactorily only five of them, three recommendations have not been implemented and eight recommendations – partly implemented.