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Internet Freedom and Digital Rights in Georgia: Systemic Challenges 

The virtualization of public life is an inevitable consequence of technological development. Each form of physical communication is gradually emerging as a digital alternative. The public's dependence on technology and the Internet is increasing, which leads to a growth in the importance of the digital sphere. Specifically, technological development affects all the fundamental values ​​of the states - the quality of democracy and the Rule of Law and the protection of basic human rights.

 

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Corruption Perception Index 2021

Transparency International published Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2021 results on January 25th. According to the report Georgia was ranked 45th among 180 countries with the score of 55. Georgia has worsened its results in the index compared to the previous years. While Georgia remains a leader in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia Region, it has moved four steps backward in international ranking over the past four years. In 2020 Georgia was ranked 45th among 180 countries with the score of 56, in 2019 - 44th with the score of 56, and in 2018 Georgia was on the 41st place with the score 58.

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Workshop on Digital Content Regulation

On January 26, 2022, the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) held a workshop on Digital Content Regulation in Georgia covering existing challenges and policy responses.  

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Georgia and Corruption - Georgia Failed to Present Anything at the Conference of UNCAC States Parties

On December 13-17, 2021, the Ninth Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption was held in Egypt. The Conference of the States Parties (COSP) is the main platform of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), which supports the implementation of the Convention and provides guidance on the development and implementation of anticorruption activities. 

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Mortality rate in Georgia

On January 18, 2022, IDFI contacted the National Statistics Office and the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) for information on mortality rate statistics in 2021 - by sex, age, and cause of death. According to the National Statistics Office, the data is still being processed and will be published at the end of Jun, 2022. According to the Center for Disease Control, officially updated mortality rate data of 2021 is not currently available. However, the NCDC provided IDFI with preliminary data.

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Ambrolauri and Lanchkhuti Municipalities Adopted Building Integrity and Transparency Strategies and Action Plans

On January 13 and 18, 2022, Building Integrity and Transparency Strategies and Action Plans for 2022-2025 were approved by the ordinances of the City Halls of Ambrolauri and Lanchkhuti municipalities.

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The scientists of the Polish Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) will study the graves of the repressed people during the Mass Terror in Adjara

On January 22, 2022, representatives of the scientists of the Polish Institute of National Remembrance  (IPN), Deputy Head of the Department of Archeology Tomasz Borkowski and his 6-person team, arrived in Batumi.  For the next two weeks, the team,  which includes 4 archaeologists and 2 anthropologists, will carry out the work of exhuming and examining the remains from the graves of the repressed people during the Mass Terror 1937-1938 in Adjara.

 

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Study visit of the participants of the Educational Certification Program in Fighting Corruption in Moldova

Three participants of the Educational Certification Program in Fighting Corruption - Nino Taganashvili (Senior Specialist of the Analytical Department of the Ministry of Justice), Mariam Salukvadze (Inspector of Especially Important Cases in the Human Rights Protection and Quality Monitoring Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia) and Ana Gogoladze (Member of the seventh convocation of the Tbilisi City Assembly), along with other members of the Eurasian Academic Anti-Corruption Network, paid a study visit to Moldova.

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A workshop was held on Sustainable Development Goals of the Parliament of Georgia

On January 20, 2022, the Working Group of the Sustainable Development Goals of the Permanent Parliamentary Council on Open Governance held a working meeting. 

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My Graphic History: Soviet Repressions in Adjara through Comic Books

The 30s of the XX century turned out to be one of the darkest spots in Georgian history. It was a period of impunity, when completely innocent people were shot or deported to remote, uninhabited places without trial or convictionby the Soviet State. Their family members, the elderly, women and children were evicted into the open, their homes confiscated, and, most importantly, their dignity violated with the labels of as a “traitor’s” relatives.

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