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With GYLA’s Assistance a Lawyer was Ordered to pay back USD 620 to a Citizen for Providing Unqualified Legal Service

In 2009 a citizen M.S. hired a lawyer Sh.Sh. to remove the sequestration order issued in 1996 and paid him USD 620 for the legal service.The lawyer filed an application in court and sequestration order was removed under the court decision. Upon submission of the enforcement document in the Public Register it was revealed that sequestration orders registered before 1997 had been automatically annulled Under Article 35 of the Law on Public Register (2008); therefore, there was no need of applying to court to remove the sequestration order.

2010-07-23 13:04 See more

GYLA Protesting against expulsion of IDPs with violation of Law

Since June 2010 expulsion of IDPs from collective centers has become a massive practice. The expulsions are conducted on the basis of the May 27, 2007 #747 order of the Ministry of Interior Affairs of Georgia “Rules for Inhibition of Seizure or Other Obstruction to a Real Estate Item under the Ownership”. According to the noted provision, expulsion of IDPs registered at the collective centre is allowed only after a certificate on expedience of IDPs’ expulsion is issued by the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories of Georgia, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia (former Ministry of Refugees and Accommodation). After the Ministry’s issues its consent, IDPs are notified in a written form and they are required to leave premises of the building in five business days. For example, 33 families residing at Tvalchrelidze St. #2, former office of the Pharmacy Unit of the Trans-Caucasian Troops in Tbilisi were evicted in compliance with this rule.

2010-07-22 12:57 See more

With GYLA’s Assistance a Father of an Infant was ordered to pay Alimony in the Amount of GEL 350

GYLA provided legal assistance to a seven-month old infant with a grave health condition, who was abandoned by his father D.Kh. after his birth.  The infant has been suffering from inborn rickets and was in need of a long-term treatment.

2010-07-21 12:51 See more

GYLA Calls on the Parliament of Georgia to Turn Down Anti-Constitutional Draft Law

Today the Parliament of Georgia is reviewing the draft law on addendum to the General Administrative Code of Georgia. Under the draft law, clause 5 will be inserted in Article 3 of the General Administrative Code of Georgia:“5. Chapter III of this Code does not apply to activities of the executive authorities that are related to participation of the state of Georgia in litigations and review of cases in international arbitrary, foreign or international courts before deliverance of judgment by them. Prior to deliverance of final judgment by court, information will be released in compliance with an international agreement and treaty of Georgia and/or terms of courts provided in this paragraph”.

2010-07-20 14:43 See more

Non-governmental organizations respond to the comment of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia (MIA), published on July 14, concerning the arrests made in Mestia on July 7

Four organizations – Human Rights Center, Transparency International Georgia, International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy and Georgian Young Lawyers' Association are responding to the statement made on July 14 by the Ministry of Internal Affairs. 

2010-07-16 10:37 See more

Non-governmental organizations respond to the comment of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia (MIA), published on July 14, concerning the arrests made in Mestia on July 7

Four organizations – Human Rights Center, Transparency International Georgia, International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy and Georgian Young Lawyers' Association are responding to the statement made on July 14 by the Ministry of Internal Affairs. 

2010-07-16 09:48 See more

Statement by Civil Society Organization in Georgia

During the Spring Session 2010, the Georgian Parliament began discussing the new Tax Code. According to the first part of the draft code, paragraph 308, the income tax rate applied to NGOs (non-governmental organizations) will be increased to 20% beginning January 1, 2011. In accordance with the current Tax Code, the income tax rate applied to income from grants is 12%. It was planned to increase to 18% beginning January 1, 2012 and then decrease to 15% from January 1, 2012. However, the new draft elaborated by the Government of Georgia to move toward the 15% rate was postponed until January 1, 2014. This means that the income tax rate from January 1, 2011 to January 1, 2013 will be 20%; 18% from January 1, 2013 to January 1, 2014; and 15% only after January 1, 2014.Correspondingly, the draft law unexpectedly initiated by the Georgian government considerably increases the tax rate on income received from grants. This unexpected increase in the income tax rate conflicts with previous verbal agreements between the Georgian government and civil society representatives. This tax increase should not be made without consultations with the civil sector. Unfortunately, the new Tax Code was developed behind closed doors. This barred civil society actors from expressing their positions on the tax regime specifically related to non-governmental organizations. The above mentioned non-inclusion approach took away the possibility of civil society actors to participate in a process, which directly relates to non-governmental activities.The new Tax Code seemingly ignores the fact that NGOs are not-for-profit institutions whose income is frequently solely based on grants from donor organizations or foreign governments. These funds, as well as NGO activities, focus on promoting democratic development and providing support to vulnerable groups. In fact, in many cases, the funds serve to provide those services that the state itself is unable to provide the population.In our opinion, the proposed new Tax Code will only impede the activities of non-governmental organizations and is contrary to the interests of donor organizations, namely to spend grant funds on specific services rather than increase spending on personnel. Increased taxation will burden civil society organizations and will inhibit their ability to attract and retain qualified personnel. The current economic environment in Georgia must be taken into consideration. Due to the 2008 August War and the world financial crisis, the challenges have become more acute and as a result the number of vulnerable groups requiring assistance has increased. Consequently, the need to maintain the preferential status for NGOs is even more important now than it was three years ago, when the Georgian government and NGOs agreement on the 12% income tax rate. The NGOs request that the Government of Georgia and the Parliament: •    Extend the terms of the moratorium agreed by the Government of Georgia and civil society for three years; particularly, the tax rate on income received as grants should be kept at the 12% rate through January 1, 2014.•    Increase the tax rate only after three years to a rate established through consultations with the civil sector.  

2010-07-14 14:06 See more

Opposition Leader and Her Three Relatives Arrested in Mestia Special Operation

Opposition Leader and Her Three Relatives Arrested in Mestia Special Operation. 

2010-07-10 16:03 See more

Complaints and Appeals Filed by the Georgian Young Lawyers' Association with the Electoral Administration and Courts

The Georgian Young Lawyers' Association observers filed 39 complaints with the Tbilisi, Kutaisi and Batumi district electoral commissions, 12 complaints with the Central Electoral Commission (CEC), and 10 appeals with the city courts and the Court of Appeals.Of the 39 complaints filed by the organization with the district electoral commissions:

2010-06-18 07:03 See more

Adjudication of Election-Related Complaints and Appeals by Electoral Administration and Courts: Assessment of Nongovernmental Organizations

Transparency International Georgia, the International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy and the Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association submitted 154 complaints and appeals to the electoral administration and courts before the 30 May 2010 local elections, on the election day and after the elections. Of these, 27 were upheld in full, 12 were upheld partially and 108 were rejected. In 7 cases, the problem was resolved locally. 

2010-06-17 07:01 See more