On July 11, 2009 the Parliament of Georgia approved with the first hearing a package of amendments to the Law on Assembly and Manifestations, Law on Police, and the Administrative Offense Code of Georgia.
We see this package as a step back in the path to democracy as it
- Prolongs administrative detention without any justification;
- Introduces particularly severe sanctions for the acts less dangerous for the public;
- In absence of appropriate regulations allows usage of nonlethal weapons jeopardizing human health and lives;
- Disproportionately limits freedom of assembly.
Adoption of the amendments under current political circumstances indicates that the Government does not make an effort to overcome internal crisis through a dialogue, cooperation or compromise, but rather stirs up the confrontation and creates risk of escalated violence.>>>