We, the undersigned civil society organizations, would like to react to the statement by the Chair of the ruling party Georgian Dream, Mr. Irakli Kobakhidze, on the withdrawal from the EU brokered so-called ”Charles Michel agreement” signed by the Georgian Dream on April 19.
We believe that this decision by the authorities constitutes a straightforward rejection of Georgia's Euro-Atlantic course and the peaceful development of the country through democratic reforms. The decision of Georgian Dream is a way to deepen the pre-election political crisis and polarization and only serves a desire to retain the power, for which the “Georgian Dream” is ready to sacrifice the country's prosperity, Western orientation, democratic development and friendly relations with strategic partners.
Georgian Democracy Initiative (GDI)
Transparency International-Georgia (TI Georgia)
Open Society Georgia Foundation (OSGF)
International Society for Fair Elections And Democracy (ISFED)
Shame movement Governance Monitoring Center (GMC)
Society and Banks Sapari Atlantic Council of Georgia Human Rights Center (HRC)
Georgia’s Reforms Associates (GRASS)
Democracy Research Institute (DRI)
Tolerance and Diversity Institute (TDI)
Media Development Fund (MDF)
Social Justice Center (SJC) Europe Foundation (EPF)
Economic Policy Research Center (EPRC)
Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI)
On 18th of August 2022, “Georgia Dream” banned International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED) from participating in the working group on electoral issues.