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Regulating Secret Surveillance in Georgia (April-December, 2016)

Recent surveys show that public perception of surveillance has not changed dramatically in Georgia since 2013. There is still a perception that law enforcement agencies have technical capacity to wiretap and are using this capacity in illegal ways.  Although there has been some progress in terms of investigation of cases of illegal surveillance, the emergence of new cases after the change of government in 2012 has increased doubts on continuing systemic practice of illegal surveillance, lack of willingness from the government to limit its power, and indicates a lack of efficient and comprehensive reform in this area.

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Statistics of Cutting Down Trees in Tbilisi Due to Constructions

The number of trees being cut down in Tbilisi in 2016 for being damaged has increased 5 fold compared to previous years, raising questions about the procedure for checking trees.

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IDFI - December 2016 Newsletter

Newsletter speaks over the activities implemented and information issued by IDFI in December, 2016. 

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OGP Awards and its Winners

The Open Government Award was established in 2014. It is aimed at identifying the best initiative in the implementation of transparency and accountability by Open Government Partnership members. Each year a different OGP challenge is chosen for the award.

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Access to Court Decisions in Georgia: Analysis of the Common Court Practice

IDFI’s report on the access to court decisions in Georgia is based on the legal analysis of existing problems and information obtained through freedom of information requests.

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Board of Trustees Must Ensure Live Broadcasting of Interviews and Debates of GPB Director Candidates

Due to high public interest, we expect the Board of the Georgian Public Broadcaster to conduct the selection process in an open and transparent manner.

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Statement of CSOs Regarding Non-disclosure of Crime Statistics

We, the signatory organizations, believe that it necessary to respond to the statement made by the Minister of Internal Affairs, according to which, the Ministry will no longer publish monthly crime statistics.

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Optimization of the Website of the Parliament of Georgia with International Standards of Accessibility

The Georgian Parliament took the commitment to make its website accessible to people with disabilities within the framework of the Open Parliament Action Plan 2015-2016.

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2016 Crime Data and Access to Information in Georgia

The incompleteness and inconsistency with which the Ministry of Internal Affairs has been publishing crime data raises questions that the Ministry is purposefully trying to keep the public in the dark about the actual levels of crime in the country. In addition, the data that is published has often been contradictory, which damages public trust towards official statistics on crime.

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OGP - Global Summits and Georgia's Achievements

On May 4, 2016, Georgia was elected co-chair of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) after serving as a member of the OGP Steering Committee since August 2013. As the co-chair, starting October 1, Georgia will head the Steering Committee together with its current chair – France. The following year, Georgia will itself take over as the OGP chair country and take an active part in developing OGP’s main directions and strategies.

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