Report on Environmental Human Rights Defenders

In 2022, the government continued to use security and police forces on a large scale against environmental and land rights activists, as it did in the Namakhvani case (2020-2021). The gross violation of the rights of Georgian citizens continued in 2022 in numerous other projects, including the Kvesheti- Kobi Road, Racha and other places. There are ongoing defamation campaigns against local communities and civil society organisations working on the ground. Instead of engaging all stakeholders in a broader dialogue, government officials often accuse these people of being members of the opposition political party, Russian and foreign spies, enemies of the state, etc.