On request to declassify 2019-2021 action plan of ,,National Strategy of Georgia on Fight Against Terrorism’’

On May 29, 2019, Democracy Research Institute (DRI) addressed the Government of Georgia in writing, requesting 2019-2021 action plan of the National Strategy of Georgia on Fight Against Terrorism, implemented on January 23, 2019 by the Georgian Government.

According to the response letter from the Government’s Chancellery (received on June 5, 2019), the document is not approved and, therefore, is not publicly accessible.

National Strategy of Georgia on Fight Against Terrorism strongly emphasizes the importance of negotiating with the ,,whole of society’’ including academia and NGO-s, to prevent spreading terrorist and radicalized ideologies. For this purpose, on June 10, 2019, Democracy research Institute (DRI), according to the articles 15-16 of Georgian law On State Secrets, addressed the Prime Minister of Georgia, with the motivated statement to partly (or completely) declassify the 2019-2021 action plan of the National Strategy of Georgia on Fight Against Terrorism. As this practice is widespread in the international community, especially in the UN countries, Democracy Research Institute (DRI) is willing to negotiate with the State Institutions to reach an agreement. We are hopeful, that Prime Minister’s decision will make it possible to implement "a whole of society’’ approach in order to prevent terrorism, violent extremism and extreme radicalisation in Georgia.