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CoE names Georgia among the successful countries for the effective fight against COVID-19 in the penitentiary system

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The FINANCIAL — Thanks to the effective fight against coronavirus in the penitentiary system, Georgia is among the successful countries praised by the Council of Europe. The Council of Europe has recently published 2 reports on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on prisons populations. The first report-Prisons and Prisoners in Europe in Pandemic Times: An evaluation of the short-term impact of the COVID-19 on prison populations-covers a period from January 1, 2020 to April 15, 2020. The report ranks Georgia among the countries with no COVID-19 cases confirmed in their penitentiary systems. Besides Georgia, these are Iceland, Latvia, Lichtenstein,…

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CoE names Georgia among the successful countries for the effective fight against COVID-19 in the penitentiary system

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The FINANCIAL — Thanks to the effective fight against coronavirus in the penitentiary system, Georgia is among the successful countries praised by the Council of Europe. The Council of Europe has recently published 2 reports on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on prisons populations. The first report-Prisons and Prisoners in Europe in Pandemic Times:…

EU Council adopts new rules to modernise cross-border exchanges between authorities through digitalisation

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The FINANCIAL — The Council of Europe adopted two recast regulations, one on the taking of evidence and a second on the service of documents, to modernise cross-border exchanges between authorities through digitalisation. After reaching a political agreement with the European Parliament in June 2020, the text will now be submitted to the Parliament for…

Council of Europe: statement of the international observers on Georgian elections

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The FINANCIAL — Fundamental freedoms respected in competitive Georgian elections, but allegations of pressure and blurring of line between party and state reduced confidence, international observers say.  Georgia’s parliamentary elections were competitive and, overall, fundamental freedoms were respected. Nevertheless, pervasive allegations of pressure on voters and blurring of the line between the ruling party and…

Statement of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland on Georgian parliamentary elections

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The FINANCIAL — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland “appreciates the efforts of the Georgia’s authorities to organise the parliamentary elections on October 31st in a swift and efficient manner, based on a revised electoral system.” According to the ministry’s statement, “the turnout achieved, especially within a framework of difficulties posed by the pandemic…

EU reaffirms its support against the death penalty

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The FINANCIAL — Today on the World and European Day Against the Death Penalty, the European Union and the Council of Europe reaffirm their opposition to the use of capital punishment in all circumstances and call for the universal abolition of the death penalty. EU welcomes the continued decline in the use of the death…

Council of Europe urges Russia to pay €10 mln fine to Georgia

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The FINANCIAL — European Court of Human Rights ruled in January 2019 that Russia must pay EUR 10,000,000 for non-pecuniary damage to the victims (a group of at least 1,500 Georgian nationals) within eighteen months (or any other time-limit considered appropriate by the Committee of Ministers). The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has…

CE Recommendation on the protection of journalism and media workers

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1. It is alarming and unacceptable that journalists and other media actors in Europe are increasingly being threatened, harassed, subjected to surveillance, intimidated, arbitrarily deprived of their liberty, physically attacked, tortured and even killed because of their investigative work, opinions or reporting, particularly when their work focuses on the misuse of power, corruption, human…