The Supreme Court of Georgia declared the appeal of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development (MOESD) against the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) inadmissible.
IDFI prepared the recommendations to be included in the Constitution of Georgia. The recommendations refer to the three main topics: 1. Adding the guiding principle of Good Governance in Article 5 of the Constitution. 2. Integrating the definition of freedom of internet in Article 24 of the Constitution; and 3. New formulation of Article 41 of the Constitution and the right on ‘good administration’; the obligation to regulate topics of access to information by an Organic Law.
On January 31st, 2017, the Public Defender of Georgia held that the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and 11 legal entities of public law (LEPL) operating within its system violated the right of N(N)LE Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI). According to the Public Defender, the state entities failed to fulfil their legal obligation to disclose public information.
During the event IDFI presented the results of a research conducted within the framework of the project and get the audience acquainted with amendments to the legislation regulating access to court decisions.
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.
Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) has filed a constitutional complaint to the Constitutional Court. IDFI believes that the existing regulation of access to court decisions contradict the Constitution of Georgia.
Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) and Georgian Young Lawyers' Association (GYLA, representing newspaper Batumelebi) addressed the Prosecutor's Office of Georgia to launch an investigation against the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA).
According to existing legislation, the Georgian public may not know the arguments behind court decisions to convict the former President, former Minister of Internal Affairs, and former Minister of Defense. The answer to a simple question of why is also simple – “Personal data protection is an important challenge for the state; international acts and the EU Association Agreement obligate us to protect personal data”.
IDFI calls on the Georgian government to transfer normative acts required by Article 126 of the new law to the Parliament within the legally established deadline.
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.