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2017-08-08
Statement of Georgian Coalition for International Criminal Court regarding Ninth Anniversary of 2008 Russia-Georgia War
Today, on August 8, nine years have passed since the start of Russia-Georgia war. 2008 August War resulted in hundreds of human casualties. Tens of thousands of people were forced to leave their homes in the conflict zone. The crimes against humanity and war crimes were committed during the war, including the destruction of villages inhabited by Ethnic Georgians and their forceful displacement. 
2017-07-29
The Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary Calls on the Government of Georgia to Change Composition Rules...
The Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary Calls on the Government of Georgia to Change Composition Rules and Procedures of the Commission for the Selection of the Strasbourg Court Judicial Candidates
2017-07-27
The Coalition Strongly Criticizes Arbitrary Dismissal of Tbilisi City Court Criminal Collegium Chair
On July 24, the High Council of Justice dismissed Giorgi Ebanoidze, Tbilisi City Court Criminal Collegium Chair. The Coalition believes that the Council’s decision is illegal and represents another example of power abuse. 
2017-07-27
NGOs Respond to Prime Minister’s Statement on Secularity
On July 23rd 2017, Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili elaborated on the relations between the State and Georgian Orthodox Church at the opening of Georgian Patriarchate’s hotel. According to the Prime Minister, there is no place for secularism in Georgia with its classic understanding.
2017-07-27
Parliament Should Elect Politically Neutral Person as Auditor General
The term of office of the Auditor General of the State Audit Office of Georgia ended on July 25. The new Auditor General will be elected by the nomination of the Chair of the Parliament of Georgia and through the majority vote of the Parliament. According to reports in the media, the Georgian Dream is considering to nominate members of the ruling party for this position.
2017-07-25
NGO-ების მიმართვა საქართველოს პარლამენტის წევრებს
საქართველოს ხელისუფლების გადაწყვეტილებამ 7 თვითმმართველი ქალაქის გაუქმებასა და წარმატებული რეფორმის შეჩერებაზე ადგილობრივი მოსახლეობის, სამოქალაქო საზოგადოებისა და პოლიტიკური პარტიების მხარდაჭერა ვერ მოიპოვა. აღნიშნულ გადაწყვეტილებას არ დაეთანხმა საქართველოს სახელმწიფოს მეთაურიც, რომელმაც ვეტოს უფლება გამოიყენა და კონსტიტუციური და დემოკრატიული მექანიზმების გამოყენებით, საქართველოს პარლამენტსა და მთავრობას მოტივირებული შენიშვნები გაუზიარა.
2017-07-18
The ICC must address the ongoing impact on victims of the 2008 conflict crimes
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Georgia: The ICC must address the ongoing impact on victims of the 2008 conflict crimes

2017-07-17
Letter of Human Rights NGOs in Relation of International Day of Justice and Ongoing ICC investigation in the Situation of Georgia
July 17 marks the adoption of the Rome Statute – founding treaty of the International Criminal Court – and is therefore commemorated as an International Justice Day. The creation of a permanent international criminal court which seeks to punish individuals most responsible for the gravest international crimes, such as genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes has been a significant development for the protection of human rights and an important achievement for the international community. 
2017-07-11
Trials into Deacon Giorgi Mamaladze’s Case Shall Be Public
Closing of the court hearings into Deacon Giorgi Mamaladze’s case does not serve the legitimate goal of the court hearings stipulated in the criminal procedure code.
2017-07-06
Public Defender of Georgia Appeals to Chief Prosecutor of Georgia concerning Afgan Mukhtarli case
On July 3, 2017, the Public Defender of Georgia addressed the Prosecutor General of Georgia with a proposal to ensure an effective investigation into the alleged offense committed by the officers of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia and to recognize Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli as a victim. The Public Defender has made a number of comments on this issue for the media, though, since the situation has not unchanged, the Public Defender is now appealing to the Prosecutor's Office in writing.
2017-07-04
The Coalition for Independent and Transparent Judiciary addresses the renewed High Council of Justice
The High Council of Justice will hold its first meeting with its renewed composition on July 3. On June 21, the term of 8 members of the HCOJ expired.
2017-06-30
Letter of the Georgian Non-Governmental Organizations to the European Parliament: Democratic Development of Georgia Is In Danger
I am sending this message on behalf of 32 civil society originations to alert you on some very damaging actions by the ruling political party in Georgia, which does adversely affect the quality of democracy in the country and is a dangerous attempt consolidate political power.
2017-06-26
The Ruling Party’s Decision about the Election System is Unacceptable
The Ruling Party’s Decision about the Election System is Unacceptable
On June 19, the ruling party unveiled its decision to keep the mixed election system for the 2020 parliamentary elections and to replace it with a fully proportional election system for the 2024 elections. In addition, according to representatives of the majority, the threshold for the 2020 elections will be reduced to 3% as a one-time initiative, while the decision about the abolishment of party blocks (electoral coalitions) will remain intact. 
2017-06-16
Nongovernmental Organizations Call for Reforming the Repressive Drug Policy and the Police System
The Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary and the National Platform for Drug Policy react to the Kutaisi City Court decision on the case of induced suicide committed by Demur Sturia and the criminal case of the band Birzha Mafia pending at Tbilisi City Court.
2017-06-15
NGOs Respond to the Process of Electing Four Members of the High Council of Justice in the Parliament of Georgia
The Parliament of Georgia is reviewing the issue of electing four members of the High Council of Justice of Georgia (HCOJ). On June 6, 2017, at the meeting of the Legal Issues Committee, the Council listened to 29 candidates. Representatives of non-governmental organizations monitored the committee's work and are submitting to the society the evaluation of the selection of the members of the Council by the Committee. 
2017-06-14
Parliament Must Consider All Recommendations of the Venice Commission
On June 16, 2017, the Venice Commission will approve its final opinion about the draft of amendments to the Constitution of Georgia. The Chair of the Parliament of Georgia has reiterated on numerous occasions that the government is ready to consider all recommendations of the Venice Commission; however, following release of preliminary opinion of the Commission on the draft amendments, the chair of parliament and individual MPs from the parliamentary majority have stated that they don’t share some recommendations of the Commission. 
2017-06-09
Coalition Responds to the Proposed Draft Legislation Creating the Investigative Department for Cases of Ill-Treatment
The Coalition to Independent and Transparent Judiciary responds to the draft legislation that would create an investigative department for cases of ill-treatment at the Prosecutor’s Office rather than an independent investigative mechanism. The Coalition believes that this does not meet the minimum requirements for independence and transparency, and clearly demonstrates the government’s lack of political will to implement real reform.
2017-06-09
Joint Open Letter of International Organizations about Afgan Mukhtarli’s Abduction to the Prime Minister and Parliament of Georgia
We write to express our deepest concern about the abduction of Afgan Mukhtarli, an exiled Azerbaijani journalist, on 29 May in Tbilisi. He went missing after leaving his colleagues in the evening, before resurfacing the following day in Baku in the custody of Azerbaijan’s state border agency. 
2017-06-08
STATEMENT OF MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS OF EASTERN PARTNERSHIP CIVIL SOCIETY FORUM GEORGIAN NATIONAL PLATFORM REGARDING THE CASE OF AFGAN MUKHTARLI
We, member organizations of Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum Georgian National Platform hereby express our deep concern due to the suspicious disappearance of Afgan Mukhtarli, Azerbaijani journalist and activist. 
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