Understanding and Combating Far-Right Extremism and Ultra-Nationalism in Georgia

The project aims at the prevention of far-right radicalism and extremism in Georgia. The main activities of the project are to elaborate a comprehensive baseline analysis to understand root causes/trigger points of increased appearance of far-rights extremist individuals and groups in Georgia; best practices of other countries are researched and programming and policymaking recommendations will be developed taking into account the national context. The project team observes the demonstrations of far-right groups and individuals; monitors and collects data about their appearance in social media and online outlets and will provide a comprehensive analysis of tendencies and table down recommendations. The litigation will be used as a tool to combat discrimination and intolerance.

The project is implemented with the financial support of the Embassy of the Netherlands.

Supporting Human Rights Protection at Front Line 

The project aims at protecting human rights in conflict-affected territories by strengthening the role of activists/local CSOs in promoting human rights through capacity development activities; Monitoring of human rights situation in the conflict-affected territories to fill in the informational vacuum. To achieve these objectives, the network of civil activists will be created and operational; monitoring of HRs situation in the conflict-affected regions will regularly be conducted and problematic issues will be brought to the attention of authorities; monitoring report and policy recommendations will be developed.

The project is implemented with the financial support of the European Endowment for Democracy.

Supporting Security Sector Reform in Georgia

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.

Cooperation for Improvement of Juvenile Justice System

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.

Rallies Under Observation

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.

"Access to Information in All Languages"

On May 7, 2020, the Democracy Research Institute launched the project "Access to Information in All Languages."

The project aims to increase the awareness of ethnic minorities living in Georgia about COVID 19 and to provide them with access to information about the pandemic in their native language.

The project is funded by the Prodemos Foundation within the framework of the grants of the civil movement "YouCreator".

Presented material and opinions expressed by the Democracy Research Institute in this project, may not express the position of the donor organization.