Human Rights Center (HRC) carries on monitoring of the court hearings of the criminal and administrative cases with alleged political motives and also that of the protest demonstrations. The project was renewed on February 1, 2021 with the support of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) Foundation and will last until December 31, 2021.
In 2021, HRC shall monitor the proceedings in general courts of 20 new criminal and administrative cases with alleged political motives against opposition politicians, civil activists, and/or journalists. HRC shall carry on monitoring the proceedings of 25 criminal and administrative cases ongoing in general courts.
The court proceedings and protest demonstrations shall also be observed by a public relations manager/reporter of the project. The PR manager/reporter shall spread the news about the current events in Georgian and English via the Facebook page of the HRC, Twitter, other social channels and will also report them to the media.
During the project, the lawyer analyst shall prepare analytical publications to evaluate the primary results of the monitoring of the court proceedings and protest demonstrations. Summary interim and final reports on the information and findings obtained from the monitoring shall be published. The reports will reflect the recommendations for respective state authorities. The report will be presented at a conference to which representatives of the government, local and international organizations, the diplomatic corps, the media and other stakeholders will be invited. During the conference, within the framework of advocacy at the local level, the main findings and problems reflected in the report will be discussed.
HRC shall advocate for the outcomes and findings of the monitoring also at the international level. For this purpose, an HRC representative will participate in parallel conferences / forums held by international interstate organizations, such as: the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the OSCE, the EU institutions and the UN. HRC will be assisted by partner international organizations in organizing these meetings.
From February 1 to December 31, 2020, the HRC legal monitors were observing various protest demonstrations held by political or civic activists, groups and communities. HRC monitored 25 criminal cases with alleged political motives and 57 protest demonstrations.
The press release was prepared by the project Public Events Monitoring financially supported by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).