On September 21-22, IDFI Director Giorgi Kldiashvili and IDFI Programs’ Director Levan Avalishvili participated in the International Conference titled Celebrating the 250th Anniversary of the Right to Information and Further Strengthening of National Systems of the Eastern Partnership held in Kiev, Ukraine.
IDFI Director Giorgi Kldiashvili took part in a human rights conference titled On the Frontline: Human Rights Situation in the EaP Countries. The topics discussed include: human rights challenges in the EaP countries and international mechanisms; human rights defenders: best practices in campaigning, networking and fundraising; and human rights monitoring and protection in conflict zones.
On September 20, the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) held a presentation of the annual assessment report of the quality of dialogue between public and private sectors in Georgia and awarded 3 state agencies with the highest degree of private sector involvement in their draft laws: Ministry of Finance of Georgia; Innovations and Technology Agency of Georgia; and Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Georgia.
20 non-governmental organizations have announced the launch of the Coalition for a Euro-Atlantic Georgia. The Coalition’s mission is to contribute to the building of a free and independent state, where human rights are duly protected and institutions function efficiently. To achieve this, civil society organizations said they will concert their best efforts and closely cooperate with each other to expedite Georgia’s full integration into Euro-Atlantic institutions.
Is it possible for the state to limit the activities of a political party without undue interference with its freedom of speech and expression? To answer this question, we discuss two precedent cases of the European Court of Human Rights.
During the past two years, Georgia's external trade turnover decreased significantly. It is especially true in case of exports. The article discusses export indicators, as well as the dynamics and structural changes during last couple of years.
The Open Government Partnership (OGP) Regional Dialogue provides an important opportunity for reformers to come together on annual basis to exchange open government experiences, and share best practices and latest news with a special focus on the Asia-Pacific region. IDFI Director Giorgi Kldiashvili participated at 2016 Dialogue hosted by the Asian Development Bank at their headquarters in Manila, Philippines.
The UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution recognizing access to internet as a fundamental and basic human right. The resolution “affirms that the same rights that people have offline must also be protected online”.
IDFI Director Giorgi Kldiashvili took part in the World e-Parliament Conference 2016 held in Valparaiso, at the Parliament of Chile (28-30 June). The World e-Parliament Conference is the biennial forum of the parliamentary community on the use of information and communication technologies (ICT).
IDFI continues the series of articles on Georgia’s visa liberalization process. The article discusses possible scenarios of finalizing the visa liberalization process. It also elaborates on the feasibility of granting Georgia visa-free travel before the October Parliamentary elections in Georgia.