IDFI is implementing several projects aimed at raising awareness about the Democratic Republic of Georgia and commemorating the 100th anniversary of its creation. One such project involves publishing a memorial album featuring Nikoloz (Karlo) Chkheidze, a prominent politician of the time.
Freedom of expression is particularly important for human freedom and democratic development of society. The opportunity of equal and full exercise of this right determines the degree of openness and democracy of society.
IDFI welcomes the initiation of drafting the new Anti-Corruption Strategy and Action Plan for 2019-2020 by the Secretariat of Anti-Corruption Interagency Council and hopes that the document will cover all the important objectives for corruption prevention.
The excessive caseload of common courts of Georgia has been a significant challenge for years. Procedural delays in case processing pose a risk of violating the right to a fair hearing within a reasonable period - the right to a fair trial. In addition, the abundance of cases may have an impact on the quality of judgments and their justification.
Over 20 prosecutors and investigators of the Prosecution Service of Georgia participated in the training onthe discrimination based on gender, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity held on May 6-7, 2019 outside Tbilisi. The event was organized by the IDFI with the support from the European Union, in cooperation with the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia. The event was co-financed by the Open Society Georgia Foundation (OSGF).
Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) presented its 2018 report on access to public information in Georgia and awarded 43 top open public institutions.
Parliament Speaker, Irakli Kobakhidze;Head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Georgia, Louisa Vinton; and Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, Carlo Natale, presented awards to the winners of “What? Where? When?” -- a quiz designed to test young people’s knowledge about the Parliament and its role in Georgian democracy.
Although transparency and accountability constitute declared proprieties on the political agenda of the Government of Georgia, the country still stands considerably behind in regards with access to historical archives as compared to other Eastern European states.
Rustavi 2 TV channel broadcasted an investigative documentary Studio Monitor and Radio Liberty produced. The documentary “Judges in the Government’s Service” followed up on the government’s attemptedconfiscation of Constanta Bank from its founders in 2011. It further hinted at alleged misconduct by the prosecutors and judges. CRRC-Georgia conducted a follow-up phone survey to find out whether and how the public viewed the documentary.
International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED) and Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) presented the research on the Judges’ Professional Training System in Georgia. The research provides an overview of the institutional arrangement of the High School of Justice of Georgia (HSoJ) and main challenges related to its work.