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Georgia: Criminalization of Domestic Violence

(Nov. 5, 2012) On June 12, 2012, the Parliament of Georgia adopted a package of amendments to the country’s Criminal Code and added two new articles that recognize domestic violence as a criminal act. (Law No. 6434 on Amendments to the Criminal Code of the Republic of Georgia (June 12, 2012) [in Georgian], Saqartvelos Sakanonmdeblo […]

Georgia: Jurors in Tbilisi Court Pronounce Guilty Verdicts

(June 21, 2012) On June 15, 2012, a guilty verdict was pronounced by jurors in a case of premeditated murder tried in Tbilisi City Court. (Davit Rusishvili to Be Sent to 21-Year Imprisonment, RUSTAVI 2 TV CHANNEL (June 15, 2012).) This appears to be the third case resolved by jurors since jury trials were introduced […]

Georgia: Courts with Jurors Established Nationwide

(Nov. 9, 2011) As of July 1, 2012, jury trials will commence throughout Georgia, making it the first nation in the South Caucasus to implement a jury trial system nationwide. (Criminal Procedure Code of the Republic of Georgia, Parliament of Georgia website [in Georgian] (last visited Oct. 26, 2011) (official text).) The system was constructed […]

Georgia: Court Verdicts on Border-Crossing Offenses Vary Depending on Nationality of the Accused

(July 11, 2011) Russia continues to expand its ties with the secessionist Georgian territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which are promoted as vacation destinations for Russian summer travelers. (See news reports and travel information [in Russian], Abkhazian Embassy in Russia website (last visited July 8, 2011).) However, the border crossing into these territories from […]

Georgia: Ban on Soviet Symbols Proposed

(Dec. 8, 2010) As reported by the Information Agency, on October 29, 2010, the Parliament of Georgia almost unanimously adopted the “Liberty Charter” introduced by pro-government parliamentary factions. The document provides for additional national security measures, lustration of former high-level Soviet officials, and a prohibition against the use and display of Soviet and Nazi […]

Georgia: Constitutional Amendments Discussed in Parliament

(Sept. 23, 2010) After the constitutionally required month of public discussions regarding the change of the nation's Constitution following the approval of the draft by the country's Constitutional Commission on July 21, 2010, the Parliament of Georgia added the issue of constitutional amendments to its agenda and began deliberations of the new draft of the […]

Georgia; Russian Federation: Separatist Regions of Georgia Conclude Military Agreements with Russia

(June 10, 2010) On May 5, 2010, the parliament of South Ossetia, a disputed region within Georgia that declared its independence from Georgia in 1990, ratified the Treaty on Military Cooperation with Russia, which was signed in Moscow on April 7, 2010. (Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the Treaty on […]

Georgia: New Rules for Street Rallies

(Aug. 26, 2009) On July 11, 2009, the Parliament of the Republic of Georgia adopted amendments to the nation's Law on Mass Gatherings and Demonstrations, placing restrictions on the conduct of street protests. According to the amendments, protests cannot be held within 20 yards of the entrances of listed government office buildings. Also, protesters are […]

Georgia: Laws Translated into Minority Languages

(Jan. 23, 2009) On January 5, 2009, the Government of Georgia launched the publication of the nation's Constitution and other legislative acts in the Azerbaijani language. Ethnic Azerbaijanis are the largest minority group in Georgia and constitute about seven percent of the country's population of 4.6 million. They reside mainly in Kvemo Kartli Province, where […]

Georgia: Amnesty Law

(Dec. 1, 2008) On November 21, 2008, the Parliament of the Republic of Georgia adopted the Law on Amnesty. An amnesty was proposed by the government as one of the measures to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Rose Revolution of November 2003, which brought the current administration to power. It will be the first […]