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2017-12-15
Statement of Human Rights Center about hindering the professional activities of the advocate and disclosing personal information on deacon Mamaladze
Human Rights Center addresses the General Inspection of the Ministry of Corrections with regard to hindering professional activities of the advocate and disclosing the personal information on Deacon Giorgi Mamaladze
2017-12-12
Statement of Human Rights Center about the Elections in the Georgian Bar Association
On December 9, 2017 Human Rights Center observed the elections of the chairperson, executive council, ethic commission and revision commission members during the Annual Assembly of the Georgian Bar Association.
2017-12-08
არასამთავრობო ორგანიზაციები ეხმაურებიან ამირან კვირიკაშვილის თვითმკვლელობამდე მიყვანის საქმის გამოძიებას
როგორც ცნობილია, მიმდინარე წლის 4 ნოემბერს, დაბა ხარაგაულში მცხოვრებმა 30 წლის ამირან კვირიკაშვილმა სიცოცხლე თვითმკვლელობით დაასრულა, რასაც რამდენიმე დღით ადრე, წინ უძღვოდა მისი “დაკითხვა” ადგილობრივ პოლიციაში და გაურკვეველი დანაშაულებრივი ფაქტების აღიარების იძულება. განცხადებაზე ხელმომწერი ორგანიზაციები ვეხმაურებით ამირან კვირიკაშვილის თვითმკვლელობის საქმის გამოძიებას, რომელსაც ქუთაისის საოლქო პროკურატურა სსკ-ის 115-ე მუხლით (თვითმკვლელობამდე მიყვანა) და 1443-ე მუხლის მეორე ნაწილის „ა“ და „ბ“ ქვეპუნქტებით (არაადამიანური და დამამცირებელი მოპყრობა მოხელის ან მასთან გათანაბრებული პირის მიერ სამსახურებრივი მდგომარეობის გამოყენებით) აწარმოებს.
2017-11-29
Deacon Giorgi Mamaladze is unlawfully restricted to call the hotline of the ombudsman’s office
Director of the Prison # 8 did not allow the deacon Giorgi Mamaladze convicted into the so-called cyanide case to call the hotline of the Public Defender’s Office.
2017-11-28
The Coalition and the Public Defender React to the Government’s Initiative to Create an Independent Investigative Mechanism
The Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary and the Public Defender react to the recently circulated information concerning creation of an Independent Investigative Mechanism. They call on the Government of Georgia to manage this process with the involvement of civil society in a timely and transparent manner.
2017-11-27
CSOs welcome Lomjaria as a Public Defender candidate
On November 24, the Georgian Dream unveiled its plan to nominate Nino Lomjaria as new Public Defender. We welcome that in new Ombudsman’s selection the ruling party supported one of the four candidates offered by civil society organizations. Taking civil society’s opinion into consideration during deliberations about Public Defender candidates is very important because the Public Defender should enjoy high level of trust of human rights organizations and activist movements. .
2017-11-20
The Coalition Criticizes the Independent Inspector Selection Competition for the Lack of Transparency
For many years questions have been raised with respect to the lack of judicial discipline cases despite obvious signs of violations allegedly committed by judges. Reasons can be sought in the general and unforeseeable nature of grounds for judicial discipline as established in the legislation and selective application of disciplining mechanisms by the High Council of Justice.
2017-11-17
Statement of NGOs about the Discrediting Campaign against the Constitutional Institute of Public Defender
Under-signatory nongovernmental organizations are concerned with the recent discrediting statements against the acting Public Defender Ucha Nanuashvili and the institute of Ombudsman, which were made by the representatives of legislative, executive and judiciary authorities, among them senior government officials. 
2017-11-02
Non-governmental Organizations Request Parliamentary Discussions on Current Events at Public Broadcaster
Civil society once again responds to the latest developments taking place at Public Service Broadcaster. Increasing influence of individuals connected to the government and the former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili at Public Broadcaster is alarming and contradicts the mission of a public broadcaster in a democratic society.
2017-10-31
არასამთავრობო ორგანიზაციების განცხადება პაატა პავლიაშვილის გარდაცვალების ფაქტთან დაკავშირებით
განცხადებაზე ხელმომწერი ორგანიზაციები ვეხმაურებით მიმდინარე წლის 25 ოქტომბერს, ნუცუბიძის ფერდობზე, მომხდარ ფაქტს, სადაც, გავრცელებული ინფორმაციით, პოლიციის მიერ მოქალაქის დაკავებას ამ უკანასკნელის ჯანმრთელობის მდგომარეობის გაუარესება და მისი გარდაცვალება მოჰყვა. 
2017-10-21
Human Rights Center Calls on the Prosecutor’s Office to Stop Oppression on the Advocates of the So-Called Cyanide Case
Prosecutor’s Office invited the Human Rights Center’s lawyer Eka Lomidze to the interrogation in front of the magistrate judge today, at 13:00 pm. She will be questioned with regard to the so-called cyanide case. 
2017-10-21
CSOs Seek Involvement in Public Defender’s Selection Process
We would like to respond to the statements related to the selection of Georgian Public Defender and call on the Parliament of Georgia to ensure civil society participation in the process of selecting the main human rights defender of the country.
2017-10-20
The Process of Lifetime Appointments of Judges is Flawed

For the first time the renewed composition of the High Council of Justice (HCOJ) is appointing judges for life. As of now, the Council has completed interviews of thirty-eight judges who applied for life tenure. Due to the recent legislative amendments it is expected that more than one hundred judges who are currently on probation may apply for life tenure.[1]
2017-10-09
The General Auditor’s decision creates suspicions of political motive
On October 2, it was reported that the new General Auditor, Irakli Mekvabishvili dismissed two deputy general auditors, Nino Lomjaria and Devi Vepkhvadze. The only deputy general auditor who kept his office is Nodar Javakhishvili. He used to serve as the Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure, and as the General Director of Bidzina Ivanishvili’s own bank Cartu. 
2017-10-09
The President’s proposal on constitutional changes can help overcome the stalemate
The President of Georgia proposed the following to the parliamentary majority about four issues of the constitutional reform: scrapping of the so-called bonus mandates, allowing electoral blocs, moving to the fully proportional electoral system in 2020, and election of president by Parliament after it becomes bicameral.
2017-09-27
Address of Human Rights Center about Alleged Torture of Citizen by Police officers
Human Rights Center is alarmed with the fact of alleged battery, torture and inhuman treatment of S.M by the police officers of the Vake-Saburtalo police unit # 6 several days ago.

2017-09-27
Statement on Limitation of Freedom of Religion in the Constitution
We urge the parliament of Georgia to consider the opinion of The Venice Commission[1], religious organizations[2], NGOs, academic institutions and lawyers[3]  not to allow restriction of freedom of religion on unjustified grounds by the third hearing of constitutional amendments.
2017-09-08
Appeal of Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum Georgian National Platform to the Government
Appeal of Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum Georgian National Platform to the Government of Georgia regarding the Process of Elaboration of the Legislative Framework and Policy for Prevention of Accidents Related to the Water Objects.
2017-08-31
STATEMENT ON THE SELECTION OF CANDIDATES FOR THE EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS
On August 29, the Government selected two new candidates for the European Court of Human Rights to substitute for the candidates rejected by the Council of Europe. The Coalition believes that the composition and rules that govern the work of the Governmental Commission are still unjust, as is the outcome of its work, which does not correspond to the requirements of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly Resolution on Nomination of Candidates and Selection of Judges.
2017-08-09
Statement of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum Georgian National Platform Regarding the Visit of the President of the Russian Federation
The Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum Georgian National Platform denounces the visit ofthe President of the Russian Federation in Bichvinta, the occupied region of Abkhazia.
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