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2017-06-08
Address of Human Rights Center about Azerbaijani Political Activist Dashgin Agararli’s Case
Human Rights Center is alarmed with the increased threats of prosecution, illegal surveillance and extradition of Azerbaijani civil activists residing in Georgia. The Center is particularly alarmed with the possible participation of the Georgian law-enforcement bodies, in particular the State Security Service, in the series of illegal and criminal acts against the Azerbaijani activists in Georgia.
 
2017-06-06
NGOs Address to the Parliament about the Election Process of New Members of the HCOJ
On June 6, 2017 the Legal Issues Committee is reviewing one of the most important issues for the independence of the Georgian judiciary – election of 4 new members in the High Council of Justice. We call on the Parliament of Georgia and the responsible committee to ensure transparent election of the HCOJ members in due respect of their professionalism.  
2017-06-06
არასამთავრობო ორგანიზაციები პარლამენტს მოუწოდებენ, კონსტიტუციის პროექტის განხილვა დაიწყოს საშემოდგომო სესიაზე
ხელმომწერი არასამთავრობო ორგანიზაციები ნეგატიურად ვაფასებთ გადაწყვეტილებას, კონსტიტუციის გადასინჯვის კანონპროექტის ორი მოსმენით განხილვა და მიღება მოხდეს 2017 წლის ივნისის თვეში.
2017-06-05
NGOs Respond to Forced Disappearance of Afgan Mukhtarli
The under signatory organizations express deep concern about the alleged forced disappearance of the Azerbaijani civil activist and journalist Afgan Mukhtarli in Tbilisi in the evening of May 29. According to the recent information provided by his lawyer, the journalist was detained near his house in Tbilisi and forcibly placed in the car. The lawyer said the people, who arrested the journalist, did not present themselves but Mukhtarli doubts they were representatives of the Georgian Special Forces.
2017-06-05
Coalition Addresses the Hearing of Legislative Amendments on Lifetime Appointment of Judges
The Parliament of Georgia is hearing proposed amendments to the legislation regulating judicial probation, with the view of complying with the Constitutional Court decision[1] on the subject. The amendments are important for ensuring that competent and honorable judges populate the judicial system and also the accountability of High Council of Justice (HCOJ), since the law should determine the circle of judges who will be exempted from the probation period and set the procedure for their lifetime appointment.
2017-06-02
NGOs refuse to present their report and protest of the developments in the judicial system
In protest of the developments in the judicial system, NGOs refuse to present their report and demand creation of a parliamentary forum to discuss the developments and prompt reforms

On May 30, the Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association (GYLA) and Transparency International – Georgia were scheduled to present their fifth report of monitoring the High Council of Justice of Georgia (HCoJ). However, in protest over the situation in the judicial system, the two NGOs refused to present the report. 
2017-05-29
The Coalition calls on the High Council of Justice not to appoint Court Chairs using opaque processes
The High Council of Justice (HCOJ) is hearing the issue of appointing Court Chairs. This means that the current corps of the HCOJ, in the final days of its mandate, may appoint the Chairs for five-year terms.
2017-05-26
Statement of Human Rights Center about the Investigation of the Physical Assault on Chief Auditor Lasha Tordia
Human Rights Center will defend the interests of the Chief Auditor Lasha Tordia in front of the investigation bodies. The lawyers of the organization have officially taken up the case and carry out all necessary procedures.
2017-05-26
NGOs Respond to Latest Developments Related to the Incident between the Chief Auditor and Ex-Chief Prosecutor
Organizations signatory to this statement would once again like to respond to recent developments related to and the investigation of the incident between the Georgian Chief Auditor Lasha Tordia and Ex-Chief Prosecutor Otar Partskhaladze. May 24 saw a suspicious leak of a video discrediting the Chief Auditor. The video depicts a December 24, 2016 incident at a Tbilisi café that allegedly involved Chief Auditor. It turned out that an investigation on this incident had been launched on the same day under Article 151 of the Criminal Code of Georgia.
2017-05-22
Address of Human Rights Center about the Case of Deacon Giorgi Mamaladze
Human Rights Center believes it was illegal to expel the lawyers of Deacon Giorgi Mamaladze from the courtroom and to appoint state-funded lawyer instead. 
2017-05-19
Statement of civil society and media organizations regarding plans to abolish seven self-governing cities
Establishment of an effective local government has been one of the main promises of the Georgian Dream government. In 2013, the Georgian Government approved the Guiding Principles of the Strategy for Decentralization and Development of Local Government, which defines the directions and stages of reform. In 2014, the Georgian Parliament adopted the Local Governance Code. The first stage of the reform involved increasing the number of self-governing cities and direct election of mayors/governors.
2017-05-18
Address of the Member Organizations of the Georgian National Platform of Eastern Partnership CivilSociety Forum to the Parliament of Georgia
Unfortunately, turns out that reaching the consensus is impossible within the frames of constitutional discussions on the issues important for institutional democracy, among which are the competencies of the leader of the state and election to the office. 
2017-05-16
The Coalition Negatively Assesses the Ongoing Processes in the Judiciary
On May 11, 2017, the High Council of Justice (HCOJ) appointed 64 judges. Of them, five judges (former judges of the Supreme and Constitutional Courts) were appointed for life, without a probation period. Unfortunately, some of the candidates participating in the selection closed their interviews to public. Among them was Mikheil Chinchaladze, towards whom public interest was especially high. Hence, it is unknown to the Coalition how the interview process went, however the Coalition plans to request and review the assessments of HCOJ members.
2017-05-16
Public Defender’s Statement on Death of Miners
According to the reports released on May 9, 2017, an elevator collapsed and fell down from 400m height in the Tkibuli Mindeli mine of Saknakhshiri GIG Group, resulting in the death of four miners in the elevator.
2017-05-12
Mr. Gianni Buquicchio, President of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe
Mr. Buquicchio,
On behalf of the member organizations of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum Georgian National Platform we would like to express our opinion with regard to the draft Constitutional Amendment Law. 
2017-05-06
Address of the Member Organizations of the Georgian National Platform of Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum to the Parliament of Georgia
Constitutional Commission has completed its work on the revision of the Constitution of Georgia and has presented a new draft Constitution of Georgia. Wide-ranging public hearings are planned, in addition to debates in the Parliament before the voting takes place. The Commission offered us a new electoral system, according to which the parliamentary mandates will be distributed only to those political parties, that manage to get at least 5% of votes. At the same time, if the quantitative sum of mandates received by political parties is less than 150, undistributed mandates go to the political party, which has amassed the most votes in the elections. 
2017-05-05
Human Rights Center Believes It Is Inadmissible to Close the Court Hearings into Deacon Giorgi Mamaladze’s case
Human Rights Center evokes the decision of the Tbilisi City Court to carry out the hearing into the so-called cyanide case of Deacon Giorgi Mamaladze in the closed regime. Judge Badri Shonia at the Tbilisi City Court took the solicitation and arguments of the prosecutor into account and closed the hearing. Apart to that, the judge relied on the argument of the prosecutor which claimed that the famous people participate in the video and audio evidence to be presented at the hearing. 
2017-05-02
Statement regarding the possible lifetime appointment of judges Murusidze and Sulkhanishvili
We would like to respond to ongoing discussion in the High Council of Justice regarding the possible lifetime appointment of Tbilisi Court of Appeal judges Levan Murusidze and Maia Sulkhanishvili before the expiration of their three year probation period. Council meetings revealed that all except one member support the automatic lifetime appointment of the former Supreme Court judges.
2017-04-07
The Coalition Addresses the Judicial Conference Held on Extraordinary Basis
The Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary addresses the twentieth Judicial Conference held on extraordinary basis, which is supposed to elect two new members of the High Council of Justice.  
2017-04-04
The Coalition believes the High Council of Justice must stop the Judicial Selection Competition
The Coalition addresses the judicial selection competition that the High Council of Justice (HCOJ) initiated on February 17 to fill 84 vacancies. Applications have already been reviewed and 105 candidates were selected for interviews. 
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