Georgia: International solidarity with Georgian civil society

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Coalition for Human Rights in Development

More than forty-five human rights organisations from around the world, including FIDH and OMCT within the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, signed a letter in solidarity with Georgian civil society, condemning the efforts of the Georgian government to introduce the law on the transparency of foreign influence.

As human rights defenders across the globe, we are deeply troubled by efforts of the Georgian government to stifle civil society voices through the introduction of the law “on the transparency of foreign influence”.

To our friends and allies in Georgia, please know that we stand with you as you stand up against your government’s attempt to adopt the law, which clearly targets civil society organisations and independent media. This attack on freedoms of speech and assembly, as well as on basic and fundamental rights for a democratic and pluralist society affects all of us. It is an attempt to dehumanise and stigmatise civil society activity, something that runs contrary to Georgia’s human rights commitments, as well as international human rights standards and values.

In some of our own countries we too are witnessing similar developments designed to curtail accountability and defence of human rights. This kind of legislation has led to reprisals, attacks, red-tagging, imprisonments, abductions and killings of human rights defenders, environmental activists, legal professionals, journalists, workers, community leaders and other civil society actors. It is disturbing to see the same risks now facing the people of Georgia who have been fiercely fighting for liberty, independence, freedom and democracy for the past 35 years.

We stand in solidarity with the people of Georgia. We greatly appreciate your fight for freedom and democracy and we acknowledge that the adoption of this law in Georgia will have implications for our countries too.

We call on the Georgian government to vote down the draft law and return to the reform agenda which is so much needed for Georgia’s continued leadership in democratisation and development.

As the Annual General Meeting of the Asian Development Bank takes place in Tbilisi in the coming days, we call on international financial institutions and other international partners of Georgia to publicly condemn this attack on human rights and democracy and publicly state their support to Georgian civil society and people of Georgia who demand democracy and human rights.

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  • Co-signatories

    Accountability Counsel | USA
    Action Paysanne Contre la Faim APCF | DRC
    African Law Foundation (AFRILAW) | Nigeria
    Alyansa Tigil Mina (Alliance to Stop Mining) | Philippines
    Amnesty International | Global
    Ardha Jabesa Foundation | Kenya
    Asia Indigenous Peoples Network on Extractive Industries and Energy (AIPNEE)
    Bank Climate Advocates | USA
    Bank Information Center | USA
    International Rivers | USA
    CEE Bankwatch | Czech Republic
    Centre for Community Mobilization and support NGO | Armenia
    Christen Dobson (Business & Human Rights Resource Centre) | Global
    Cohesión Comunitaria e Innovación Social | Mexico
    Collectif des ONG Œuvrant dans le secteur de mines, Environnement et Electricité COMEE | DRC
    Conseil Régional des Organisations Non Gouvernementales de Développement CRONGD | DRC
    Defenders in Development campaign | Global
    FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights), within the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders | Global
    Front Line Defenders | Ireland
    Global Rights | Nigeria
    HRM Bir Duino | Kyrgyzstan
    Indian Social Action Forum | India
    International Accountability Project | Global
    International Indigenous Fund for development and solidarity “Batani” (Batani Foundation) | Russia/USA
    Kashi Jermaine, Kwale Mining Alliance | Kenya
    Participatory Research & Action Network – PRAAN | Bangladesh
    Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law | Kazakhstan
    KRuHA – People’s coalition for the right to water | Indonesia
    Latinoamérica Sustentable | Latin America
    Lawyers’ Association for Human Rights of Nepalese Indigenous Peoples (LAHURNIP) | Nepal
    lM-Defensoras | Latin America
    Jamaa Resource Initiatives | Kenya
    Mirvari Gahramanli | Oil Workers’ Rights Protection Organization | Azerbaijan
    Nora Sausmikat, Urgewald | Germany
    Oleg Dulgaryan, human rights defender | Armenia
    Otros Mundos Chiapas I Mexico
    OTWatch | Mongolia
    Recourse | Netherlands
    Rivers without Boundaries Coalition | Global & Mongolia
    Unidosc | Mexico
    Uzbek Forum for Human Rights | Germany
    World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), within the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders | Global
    Yayasan Keadilan Iklim Indonesia (Climate Justice Indonesia Foundation) | Indonesia
    Yayasan Srikandi Lestari,( Srikandi Lestari Foundation) | Indonesia
    Youth for Green Communities | Uganda

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