A pitched battle between protesters and riot police in Georgia’s Pankisi Valley has undone years of work to build trust with a community that has been historically marginalised. The government needs to prioritise a more participatory approach to regional development over business interests.
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili’s resignation over disagreements with party chair Bidzina Ivanishvili highlights once again a lack of transparency and accountability at the top of Georgia’s leadership. If Ivanishvili wishes to continue to exert such political control over the country — a move much of the electorate supports — he should do it in full-view and from a position within the government. Georgia deserves a transparent democratic process and a leader fully accountable to the public, and if Ivanishvili cannot provide this, he should fully resign from politics and leave ruling the country to the professionals. [Read more…]
The authorities’ failure to confront homophobia in Georgian society has perpetuated hate, violence, and emboldened the far right. If the government is truly serious about democracy, human rights, and the rule of law, they must dare to pursue policies based on equality, no matter the political cost.
The latest death of a construction worker in Georgia demonstrates that the government must stand up for the rights and lives of its citizens. With labour reforms on what seems like indefinite hold, the government now needs to act. [Read more…]
The Georgian authorities’ decision to remain silent on the events surrounding last week’s 21-hour counterterror siege in Tbilisi has fuelled frenzy in much of the country’s media. This has demonstrated a damaging ineptitude in the state’s handling of strategic communications during a crisis, and highlighted major flaws in the media’s ability to handle such topics sensitively and sensibly.