The November Amnesty: A humane act or a legalization of land grabbing?

  • Kety Gujaraidze

On November 15, 2023, the Parliament of Georgia adopted the Law of Georgia on Amnesty, which had been proposed by the Prime Minister two months earlier. This legislation shields individuals from legal consequences if they wrongfully claimed ownership of agricultural land that was formerly public property. However, those seeking amnesty must either reimburse the state for damages, renounce their claims to the land, or provide compensation. The author contends that the amnesty mechanism outlined in the November law formalises and legitimises the state’s practice of seizing agricultural land from its citizens.