Legislative changes implemented in 2015 to separate the State Security Service from the Ministry of Internal Affairs led to the duplication of mandates and the ambiguity of legislation.
The project aims at promoting reforms of the State Security Service of Georgia in line with international human rights standards. DRI researchers will analyze the existing legal framework and practices of the security services, as well as international best practices, and develop policy recommendations for the Georgian government. It will present its findings to relevant stakeholders and conduct an advocacy campaign to encourage implementation of the recommended reforms.
The project is implemented with the financial support of the National Endowment for Democracy.
The project aims at improvement of the juvenile justice system in Georgia.
To achieve this objective, within the framework of the project seminars will be organised for legal professionals, social workers and psychologists working in the field of juvenile justice in Georgia.the juveniles’ rights situation will be monitored and consultations for juveniles and their families will be provided.
The project is being implemented with the financial support of EU/UNDP joint initiative COBERM.
Large-scale protests have been held in Tbilisi since June 20, 2019. The repeated dispersal of peaceful rallies with the use of disproportionate force has clearly demonstrated the need for objective and impartial monitoring of the rallies. Accordingly, the present project aims to achieve the realization of the right to peaceful assemblies and freedom of expression, which are enshrined in the Constitution of Georgia.
The tasks of the project are to: check the compliance of the protection of the requirements of legislation by the organizers and participants of the rallies of political content; make analysis and legal evaluation of the violations detected during the rallies; check the compliance of actions of law enforcement officers with international standards; provide objective and impartial information to the public about the offences identified during rallies and counter-rallies; make recommendations to the stakeholders on the basis of the findings of the three-month monitoring process.
Four monitors of the Democracy Research Institute are observing all the protests across Tbilisi and Mtskheta, which are: a) of a political content and b) organized by civil activists and/or political parties.
The project is being carried out with the support of Open Society Georgia Foundation.