News

12
August2022

The Consultative Council of European Judges Reacts to the Coalition Statement

On August 10, the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE) published a special statement in reaction to the competition announced by the Ministry of Justice to select a member of the Consultative Council.

05
August2022

The Court Rules in Favor of Ucha Mamatsashvili in Defamation Lawsuit

On August 5, Judge Gocha Didava from the Chamber for Civil Cases at the Tbilisi City Court partially satisfied Ucha Mamatsashvili's lawsuit against the NPO Anti-Corruption Movement and its representatives, Mr. Vaso Urushadze and Mr. Lasha Parulava.

05
August2022

Coalition Statement on the Competition Announced by the Ministry of Justice

The Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary reacts to the announcement of the competition by the Ministry of Justice to select a member of the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE) and the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) by Georgia’s quota. Nino Bakakuri, a Supreme Court judge, is already a member of both organizations until 2024. She was not informed regarding the competition in advance and has not requested that her membership be terminated. Considering these circumstances, holding the competition raises questions and further strengthens doubts about the oppression of dissent in the Georgian court system.

12
July2022

Protecting Human Rights Defenders in Georgia

The goal of the project is to strengthen safety and professional freedom of human rights defenders in Georgia through drafting and lobbying for legislative changes and developing a security strategy for HRDs.

05
July2022

European Court of Human Rights Has Accepted the Tbilisi Pride Application Regarding the July 5, 2021 Violent Events

Exactly one year since the July 5, 2021 violence, the ECHR has started communicating the application submitted by the GDI: “Tbilisi Pride” and others v. Georgia”. The Court considers that the application may become an impact case.

04
July2022

Court Imposes GEL 5000 Fines for Attacking the Tbilisi Pride Office in 2021

GDI would like to react to the verdict announced on 4 July by the Tbilisi City Court regarding the attack that took place on July 5th, 2021 against the office of "Tbilisi Pride." The organization believes that the court’s decision is a continuation of the state policy not to address hate crimes and punish the perpetrators adequately.

29
June2022

The Appointment of Mikheil Chinchaladze for the Second Term Damages the Process of European Integration

The Coalition for Independent and Transparent Judiciary considers the appointment of Mikheil Chinchaladze for a second term as the chairman of the Tbilisi Court of Appeals unjustified and harmful. The High Council of Justice’s decision further deepens the problem of internal influences and clan-based governance in the judiciary. It undermines public trust towards judicial independence and damages the crucial process of Georgia's European integration.

23
June2022

Judicial Reform is Necessary to Obtain Candidate Status

On June 17, the European Commission published individual opinions on Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia.[1] The Commission supports granting EU candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova immediately, and to Georgia -- only after certain conditions are met.