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Joint Statment of NGOs

2009-07-15 20:00
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On July 11, 2009 the Parliament of Georgia approved with the first reading a package of amendments to the Law on Assembly and Manifestations, Law on Police, and the Administrative Offense Code of Georgia.

We see this package as a step back in the path to democracy as it

•    Prolongs administrative detention without any justification
•    Introduces particularly severe sanctions for the acts less dangerous for the public
•    In absence of appropriate regulations allows usage of non-lethal weapons jeopardizing human health and lives
•    Disproportionately limits freedom of assembly

Adoption of the amendments under current political circumstances indicates that the Government does not make an effort to overcome internal crisis through a dialogue, cooperation or compromise, but rather stirs up the confrontation and creates risk of escalated violence.

We call upon the Georgian Government not to adopt amendments with the current formulation in a speedy manner

We call upon the Georgian public to stand against the attempt to restrict civil liberties

We call upon the international organizations to actively engage in the legal assessment of legislative initiative

We call upon media to insure broad coverage of the issue for the public-at-large

July 14, 2009


Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association
Open Society - Georgia Foundation
European Integration Forum
Public Movement “Multinational Georgia”
Transparency International Georgia
National Union for Education
Union “21 Century”
Georgian Lawyers' Union
Caucasus Network of Women
International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy

Eliso Chapidze – Journalist
Lasha Tughushi – Journalist
Nino Nekishvili – Journalist
Ani Mirotadze – Journalist
Marine Chitashvili – Psychologist, TSU professor.
Levan Adeishvili – Lawyer