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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. 
2017-03-26
The Coalition Calls on the Government to Start Substantial Reforms in the Court System
In the recent Rustavi 2 case, the quality of the court’s handling of the case, the procedural problems and questions raised at each stage of the case, and the suspension of enforcement of the Supreme Court’s decision by the European Court of Human Rights all confirmed the existence of systemic problems in the justice sector which have been actively pointed out by local and international organizations.
2017-03-22
Address of Human Rights Center about the Problems of Convicted Person with Disabilities
Early release of the convicted, who have grave health problems, is still a problem in the Georgian penitentiary system. Joint permanent commission of the Ministries of Healthcare and Corrections makes decisions based on the information provided by law enforcement bodies. The commission abuses its power and violates the resolution and normative act, which states that if the disease of the convicted person is one of those on the list of grave and incurable diseases, the convicted person shall be early released from prison.
2017-03-20
Human Rights Center calls on the media to cover the court hearings into the case of the lawyer Giorgi Mdinaradze
Today, at 15:00, the Tbilisi City Court will hold hearing into the case of the lawyer Giorgi Mdinaradze. The court will hear the testimonies of the prosecutor’s witnesses. Eka Kobesashvili, the lawyer of Human Rights Center, defended the interests of Mdinaradze at the Court. 
2017-03-13
Statement of Non-Governmental Organizations on the Incident in Batumi
We, the undersigned organizations, condemn the acts of violence and vandalism that occurred on 11-12 March in the city of Batumi. Whatever may have caused this incident, we call upon the government to conduct the investigation in a timely, thorough and independent manner.
2017-03-10
The Coalition Submits a Written Communication to the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers
The Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary submitted a written communication to the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers. The document aims to inform the Committee of Ministers about the state of execution of the so called Garibashvili Group cases.
2017-03-09
Public Defender’s Statement on Rustavi 2 case
On March 2, 2017, the Grand Chamber of the Supreme Court of Georgia reviewed the Rustavi 2 case without oral hearing and unanimously adopted a final decision. As a result, Kibar Khalvashi was declared the owner of 60% of the shares of the TV company, while Ltd Panorama, owned by him, got 40% of shares. No reasoned decision exists so far. The court has a one-month term to prepare it.[1] It will be possible to make legal evaluation only after the decision is available. In the meantime, it can be said that the review of the case without oral hearing in the court of cassation had negative impact on the public confidence in the judicial process.

2017-03-08
NGOs' address to the European Court
33 non-governmental organizations have addressed the European Court of Human Rights on the Rustavi 2 case. The organizations call for the the European Court of Human Rights to consider the appeal of the TV company and use the right of temporary suspension mechanism until a final decision is made. This is especially important given that throughout the discussion of the case on the national level there have been questions regarding the independence, impartiality of the judges and political motivations of the government.
2017-03-07
Human Rights Center Calls on the Prosecutor’s Office to Ensure Safety of the Deacon Giorgi Mamaladze’s Family
Human Rights Center continues monitoring of the Deacon Giorgi Mamaladze’s case and reacts on all observed miscarriages in the process. The lawyer of Human Rights Center Eka Lomidze several times visited the detainee in the penitentiary establishment. 
2017-03-06
Statement regarding information about participation of a judge reviewing the case of Rustavi 2
Statement regarding information about participation of a judge reviewing the case of Rustavi 2 in corrupt deals and alleged pressure on two judges of the Supreme Court.
2017-03-01
Strasbourg Court Announces a New Contest for the selection of ECHR Judges from Georgia
A new contest for the selection of candidates to the position of judges at the European Human Rights Court from Georgia was announced today. The contest is open to any citizen of Georgia from the age of 30 to 65, who has an excellent command of the national language; as well as one of the official languages if the Council of Europe ​​(English or French); has an exhaustive knowledge of the European Convention of Human Rights and the principles of international public law and Georgian legislation; has a working experience in this field with respect to the relevant case law.
2017-02-23
Public Defender’s Statement on Action Plan Presented by Public Broadcaster’s New Leadership
The vision of the Public Broadcaster's new leadership, which links the closure of programs only to their ratings, does not represent a decision based on the comprehensive study of the issue and causes questions with regard to the entire reform process.
2017-02-16
Public Defender's Statement on Deacon Giorgi Mamaladze’s Case
The Public Defender of Georgia echoes the criminal case against Deacon Giorgi Mamaladze and calls on the Prosecutor's Office and state officials to respect the presumption of innocence and the principle of equality of arms in the criminal proceedings.
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