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Statement of the Civil Organizations of Georgia

The events that have been taking place in Georgia in August 2008 have been unanimously recognized by the civilized world as Russia’s open military aggression against Georgia.  Russia decided to punish the small neighboring county, which has been striving to become a modern developed state.   Despite the military aggression of an unthinkable scale Georgia refused to give up such values as freedom, statehood, rule of law, civil society and democratic governance.

2008-08-20 20:00 See more

Georgia in State of War with The Russian Federation - NON-PAPER of the group of Georgian students

Note: This is a brief document that summarizes the facts that took place during the last days on the territory of Georgia. This paper focuses on the qualification of the current facts with respect to the situation between Russian Federation and Georgia as of August 9, 2008. This document represent a copyright of a small group of Students from Georgia, who remain solely responsible to all interpretation given to the facts in context of Jus Ad Bellum and Jus in Bello and does not represent an official opinion of any Government, Institution or Agency. NonPaper of the group of students from Georgia

2008-08-08 20:00 See more

Statement of the Civil Society of Georgia

Georgia has been openly invaded by Russian military forces. Cities and villages throughout Georgia are being bombed. Numerous of civilians are being killed, thousands of people are homeless, material damage to the country’s infrastructure is devastating.

2008-08-07 20:00 See more

The Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association (GYLA) and the International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED) publish the 21 May 2008 parliamentary elections’ post election period monitoring report.

The Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association (GYLA) and the International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED) observed post-election process at the Central Elections Commission (CEC) and at 48 election districts throughout Georgia of the May 21 Parliamentary Elections.The main goal of the project was to conduct a 24 hour monitoring of Election Commissions. Post-Election Day activities of District Election Commissions (DECs), processes of reviewing complaints, deciding on complaints and tabulating district results in DECs were observed.The conclusion presented by the organization is based not only on the analysis of review process of official complaints filed by GYLA and ISFED, but also the analysis of complaints reviewed by DECs and filed by all electoral subjects and NGOs and the process of adjudicating complaints.See Report.

2008-07-08 20:00 See more

Joint statement of Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association and International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED) on district election commissions' monitoring results

Joint statement of Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association and International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED) on district election commissions' monitoring results. See the statement

2008-06-05 20:00 See more

Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association publishes pre-election campaign and Election Day monitoring report of 21 May, 2008 Parliamentary Elections

GYLA publishes pre-election campaign and Election Day monitoring  report of 21 May, 2008 Parliamentary Elections. GYLA will observe post election procedures, including consideration of complaints and summarization of the election results. The report on post-election period will be published separately. See the report

2008-06-04 20:00 See more

GYLA publishes Second Interim Report on Pre-election Monitoring

GYLA publishes Second Interim Report on Pre-election Monitoring See Report.

2008-05-18 20:00 See more

GYLA publishes Interim Report on Pre-election Monitoring

Since its establishment, the Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association (GYLA) has been actively involved in monitoring elections on various levels. Given the fact that elections do not actually commence on the day of vote, it is rather obvious that determining legality, democracy or transparency of the elections necessitates a focus on the pre-election campaign. On 5 February 2008, GYLA, in collaboration with three local observer organizations, published “Ten Pre-conditions for Free and Fair Parliamentary Elections in Georgia”.  Pre-election monitoring by GYLA observer mission is based upon these principles. Our goal is to study compliance with electoral legislation by Election Administration, political subjects, media outlets, public officials and authorities, and to take appropriate legal remedies once violations are observed. GYLA monitors the pre-election term in Tbilisi and 7 regional centers (Telavi, Rustavi, Dusheti, Gori, Kutaisi, Ozurgeti and Batumi). GYLA attorneys and media monitoring specialists participate in the monitoring process. This report covers information available from the start of pre-election campaign (21 March) to April 25. GYLA will continue its pre-election monitoring. The initial report will be published a day prior to the voting day and the final report of pre-election monitoring will be published after elections. See Report.

2008-04-29 20:00 See more

GYLA appeals with regard to the pre-election campaign violations

From April 1, 2008 the Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association has been implementing monitoring of the pre-election campaign in Tbilisi, Rustavi, Telavi, Gori, Dusheti, Kutaisi, Ozurgeti and Batumi.   Following instances of violations of pre-election campaign have been revealed as a result of the monitoring:   Participation of public servants in pre-election agitation.

2008-04-17 20:00 See more

Open letter to the President on creation of the National Prevention Mechanism for the Prevention of Torture (NPM)

Georgian Young lawyers’ Association, Penal Reform International and Human Rights Watch address President with open letter concerning real and effective implementation of the UN Anti-torture Convention Optional Protocol for the prevention of Torture. On 22 June 2006 the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on “Prohibition of Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment” was enacted for Georgia. The State undertook an obligation to create within a year, by 22 June 2007, a national mechanism for the prevention of torture (NPM) with the highest guarantees of independence and effectiveness. Recently it become known to the public about a proposal to assign the Public Defender of Georgia as a national preventive mechanism by the decree of the president, without creating effective guarantees for the independence and efficiency of the mechanism. Observer members of the Interagency Coordination Council created by the Decree of the President in 2007, Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association, Penal Reform International, Human Rights Watch appeal to President to refrain from regulating the issue of NPM by a presidential decree. Non-state observer members of the council ask government instead reinforce the institution of Public Defender by ensuring that the necessary legislative safeguards for independence of the mechanism are instituted, and genuine National Mechanism for the Prevention of Torture under the Public Defender is created. Please see letter

2008-04-08 20:00 See more