Monitors welcome stronger parliamentary oversight in Georgia, but concerned at ‘tense and polarised’ climate

In an information note on their recent visit to Tbilisi (6-8 November 2018) made public today, PACE’s co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Georgia welcomed the laudable efforts made by the parliament to strengthen parliamentary oversight, which they said constituted “marked progress”.

At the same time Kerstin Lundgren (Sweden, ALDE) and Titus Corlatean (Romania, SOC) regretted the “tense and polarised” political climate in Georgia, which they said had become more marked following the recent Presidential elections. They expressed their concern that isolated violent incidents seemed to have become a recurrent feature of Georgian elections.

They called on the authorities to promptly and transparently investigate all allegations of election-related, or politically motivated, violence to avoid any perception of impunity for such deplorable actions, and welcomed the reassurances of the authorities on this point.

On judicial independence, they welcomed the progress made in recent years but noted that important challenges remain.

They also said that – with some small further steps – the commitment to repatriate the deported Meskhetian population could be considered achieved, but again urged the authorities to sign the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, and spelled out an awareness-raising strategy to make this possible.