Five leading advocacy organizations withdraw planned hydropower session at World Bank Annual Meetings after the Bank refuses to participate

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Every year at its Annual General Meetings, the World Bank hosts a “Civil Society Policy Forum” (CSPF) in order for the Bank to learn from and dialogue with civil society organizations. This year our organizations — the Center for International Environmental Law, Bank Information Center, International Rivers, Inclusive Development International and Green Alternative- proposed a …

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NGOs urge Members of Parliament against casting vote of confidence for Gakharia’s candidacy

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On September 8, the Parliament of Georgia will be casting vote of confidence for the new government. We urge the Members of the Parliament of Georgia, regardless of their party affiliation or political stance, not to support the appointment of Giorgi Gakharia as a Prime Minister. There are many legitimate concerns in the society about …

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Statement of NGOs on the Developments Around Rustavi 2 TV

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We, the undersigned organizations, are writing this statement in response to the recent developments related to the European Court of Human Rights’ judgement on the Rustavi 2 ownership dispute case, which represents a significant challenge for Georgia’s fragile democracy and poses a serious threat for the media landscape. Freedom of expression and media are indispensable …

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Ahead of Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank meeting in Luxembourg, over 89 000 petition bank to drop Nenskra dam project in Georgia

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Luxembourg, Prague, Tbilisi – Representatives from the “Stop Nenskra” campaign [1] showed up in Luxembourg at the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) annual meeting on July 12th and delivered a petition to the international development banks calling them on not to finance the Nenskra hydropower plant project [2] in Svaneti, Georgia. The petition, which aims …

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Georgian NGOs’ Address to the Participants of the Batumi Conference

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The conference dedicated to the 10 year anniversary of the Eastern Partnership is being held in Georgia today. Dear guests, who have arrived to our country of Georgia – a country that has stood strong against Russian occupation for 200 years, a country that is a role model for all other countries in the region! …

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Statement of Non-governmental organizations on the 20 June events

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We, the undersigned organizations, would like to express our grave concern over the events that took place on June 20. To our greatest regret, the public has once again witnessed the disproportionate use of force by the police against a large-scale civil protest, which resulted in the arrest of tens of individuals and instances of …

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Green Alternative’s comments and recommendations on the Draft Policy of Georgia’s Mining Sector

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It is likely that the document under consideration will be subject to further changes until it is adopted, but even at this stage, it is very important that the Georgian language version of the document replicate the contents of the English language version. For example, the English language version states that “mineral ownership rights transfer …

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In Georgia, leaked contract shows Nenskra hydropower project to cost country USD 60 million a year

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Prague, Tbilisi ­– A leaked contract between the Georgian government and the company behind the Nenskra hydropower project includes terms that indicate the project will incur massive losses for the state, according to a report broadcast on 8 June by the national television station Rustavi 2 [1]. The report contradicts the claims of the Georgian government …

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Five reasons why EBRD should pull out of the controversial Nenskra hydropower project

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As the realisation of the project keeps dragging on, it is becoming increasingly difficult for the EBRD, and all international financial institutions involved, to justify their engagement. The Georgian government is nowadays promoting the construction of over 30 new hydropower plants throughout the country’s mountainous regions, with the billion dollar Nenskra hydropower plant in the Upper Svaneti region being …

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Human Rights Organization’s response to the use of police forces in Pankisi Gorge

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The signatory organizations express the deep concern regarding the critical situation created in Pankisi Gorge related to the cascade construction of HPPs and call the government of Georgia to immediately cease the demonstration of police power against the local population and to immediately withdraw the forces from the Gorge. In the Morning of 21st of …

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