The openness of archives is very important for studying history in different countries. However, this issue is more critical in the countries where archives can be used for the identification and rehabilitation of the victims of repressions.
By the end of May this year the Government of Georgia (GoG) published the draft report on Voluntary National Review (VNR) of Georgia 2020. VNR was finalized on June 12th, 2020 after which it was sent to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
The Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) continues to work actively for the development of Integrity and Transparency Strategy and Action Plan for the city halls of different municipalities.
The first meeting of the Open Governance Council of the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara (SCA) was held on June 15. On the first meeting, the Charter of the Open Governance Council was discussed and approved. Members of SCA together with the representatives of international and local civil society organizations, attended the meeting.
Member organizations of the Coalition for Euro-Atlantic Georgia would like to respond to media reports of June 15, according to which, the Georgian State Security Service had arrested an alleged assassin who was planning to execute an ordered killing of a Georgian TV presenter Giorgi Gabunia.
Today, Tamta Mikeladze, one of the founders of the ‘the Human Rights Education and Monitoring Center (EMC)’ was summoned to be questioned by the State Security Service of Georgia related to the investigation launched on May 30. According to the SSSG’s particularly vague statement, the investigation is carried out into the fact of racial discrimination, as “[…] certain individuals are trying to stir up ethnic strife between ethnic Georgians and Azeris in the Kvemo Kartli and Kakheti regions”
Due to the Coronavirus epidemic, the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin has postponed a vote on the constitutional amendments, which was scheduled on 22 April 2020, to an unspecified future date.
Within the scopes of the Certification Program, from June 8, the seventh module of the Program has started which aims to analyze the international practice in Fighting Corruption.
Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) has carried out various activities in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. In particular, in the last three months, IDFI prepared 18 analytical articles, 1 video, 5 visualizations and conducted 1 webinar/ online discussion and 1 training course for the staff of Supreme Council of Ajara.
Openness and accountability are democratic principles without which the development of free society is impossible. Access to information, openness of archives and publicity of archival documents are among the achievements of various countries after the collapse of the Soviet Union, which enable them to get known to and rethink their history and totalitarian past.
|25 January 2019|