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ISFED, GDI and HRC Implement Joint Project to Support the Individuals whose Rights Were Violated during the Pandemic


Three nongovernmental organizations – International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED), Georgian Democracy Initiative (GDI) and Human Rights Center (HRC) commenced a new project “Democracy and Human Rights during the State of Emergency.” The project aims to support improvement of the national legislation regulating the state of emergency during pandemic and to support the individuals, whose rights were violated by the state in the period of the state of emergency. 

Amid the spread of the Novel Coronavirus – COVID-19, in the course of the state of emergency, or afterwards, the measures taken by the Government of Georgia revealed many legal problems. Among them were miscarriages in the law, difficulty to maintain balance between the public and private interests in coherence with the constitutional standards, which increased the risk of the breached fundamental rights. 

The project aims: to promote respect of the liberal-democratic values and maintenance of the reasonable balance between the public and private interests before, during and after the state of emergency; to eliminate miscarriages in the normative acts regulating the state of emergency and crisis situations and to advocate legislative amendments in coherence with the constitutional standards. In the frame of the project, individuals, whose rights were breached during the state of emergency, will receive free legal aid. 

The organizations participating in the coalition project, will conduct various activities considering their expertise. GDI and ISFED will analyze the legislation in coherence with the constitutional and international standards and develop initiatives and recommendations about legislative amendments. GDI will conduct strategic litigation in the Constitutional Court of Georgia and human rights international mechanisms. 

HRC will assist the individuals with breached human rights with free legal aid. The legal aid will include legal consultations and representation in the administrative bodies and common courts. The legal aid will be provided about the problems, needs and human rights caused by the COVID-19 related issues after the state of emergency too. 

The project was launched on May 21, 2020 and will last until November 30, 2020 with the financial support of the Open Society Georgia Foundation. 

For free legal aid please contact Human Rights Center:
Tel: 2 38 46 48, email: hridc@hridc.org

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