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Covid-19 Disinformation Campaign Anti-Western Messaging and Conspiracy Theories
The Democracy Research Institute (DRI) continues to study conspiracy theories and disinformative messages related to the Covid-19 pandemic spread through online media. 
11.12.2020
DRI - Trial of persons detained on November 28 in fact took place at a closed court session
An observer from the Democracy Research Institute, along with other persons wishing to attend the trial of protesters detained during a rally near Parliament’s back entrance on November 28, was prevented by Tbilisi City Court Judge Natia Merabishvili from attending the trial. 
08.12.2020
Democracy Research Institute responds to arrests of protesters on November 28
The Democracy Research Institute is responding to the arrest of civil activists at the protest held near the Parliament’s back entrance on November 28.
30.11.2020
Local population leaves Akhalgori

The de facto authorities of South Ossetia has launched the so-called "Family Reunification Programme”, which aims to relocate the local population to the areas controlled by the central government where their family members live. As a result, the local population will have to leave their homes in Akhalgori forever.

27.11.2020
DRI: The number of motions granted by court relating to covert investigative activities is increasing annually

The Democracy Research Institute has published a report assessing both the mandate of the Operative-Technical Agency in conducting covert investigative activities, as well as the related risks and challenges.

16.11.2020
DRI: The Tbilisi City Court ruling against persons detained at November 9 rally is unjustified

Observers of the Democracy Research Institute (DRI) monitored the trials of civil activists detained near the Parliament of Georgia on November 9, 2020 - Alexi Machavariani, Nodar Rukhadze and Giorgi Mzhavanadze.

12.11.2020
DRI: Observation protocol of the rally held on November 8, 2020

On November 8, 2020, the rally held near the Parliament of Georgia was monitored by two observers of the organization, who later moved to the Central Election Commission (CEC) together with protesters.

10.11.2020
DRI: The use of water cannon and tear gas is an illegal, unjustified and disproportionate measure
The Democracy Research Institute responds to the mobilization of an inadequately large number of special forces by the Ministry of Internal Affairs against demonstrators gathered in front of the Central Election Commission on November 8.
08.11.2020
DRI: Non-transparent and unsubstantiated consideration of complaints further reduces the critically low trust in the parliamentary election results
The Democracy Research Institute is responding to the tensions in Saburtalo, Vake, Didube-Chughureti, Isani, Samgori, Gldani, Samtredia, Telavi, Batumi and Tskaltubo constituencies on the night of November 4-5 and calls on the authorities to immediately refuse the vicious practice of violence against representatives of the opposition parties.
05.11.2020
NGOs assessment of the 2020 parliamentary elections
On October 31, 2020, the parliamentary elections were held in Georgia in accordance with the updated electoral system. The citizens of Georgia had the opportunity to elect a legislative body based on a model that is close to the proportional system, and this should be considered as an important step forward.
04.11.2020