The Parliament of Georgia has taken an unprecedented decision and has abolished an elected position prematurely.
Fortunately, after the 3-days resistance/opposition from an international community, non-governmental sector and ourselves, the Parliament of Georgia has changed its attitude towards the staff of the Service and decided to redistribute them in two newly established entities. However, this could not affect the final result- an independent state institution has stopped existence. I don’t think that after such message any public official will be able to operate independently and take an independent decision. Obviously, this is an extremely dangerous for human rights as well as for an effective functioning of the independent institutions.
According to the newly adopted Law, me and my deputies were dismissed. This, once again, proves that an independent authority together with its independent management was unacceptable for them. With this decision, we have once again observed that impartial and lawful assessments/findings are unacceptable.
Yesterday, one of the leader of the parliamentary majority mentioned that with this new Law two anti-constitutional entities were established. In other words, besides the fact that the Parliament has clearly confessed adoption of anti-constitutional Law which is already nonsense, it has in fact announced the abolition of these new two entities and conveyed a very clear message to their future management that in case they act independently, their dismissal will not be a problem at all.
Unfortunately, none of the answers to my questions posed at the Committee meeting were reasoned. My questions were the following: 1) why they did not involve us in this so-called reform; 2) why the process went in an expedited manner; 3) why the head of the entity appointed for a 6-year term could not lead the reformed entity; 4) how these two directions strengthen after the division; 5) which European country implements reforms in such a manner. Instead of asking me at the Committee meeting what challenges the Service had and what my opinion on the draft Law was, the only concern of the Parliament was the source of getting the draft Law abolishing the Service and annulling the position. That is, where did the head of the agency get the bill that the parliament was obliged to send by law.
I remind the members of the Parliament who supported this decision today - supervisory authorities are not formed for an unconditional obedience to every decision of the Government. Developed countries establish supervisory authorities in order to let them respond to the infringements/violations of human rights by the state authorities.
Contrary to this:
- The Parliament of Georgia undermined the independent agency which has never agreed its decisions with anyone and acted only in accordance with the law;
- Today you abolished the agency of citizens of Georgia which boldly charged public bodies for unlawful interference in their private life and use of personal data;
- Today you abolished the agency, which was the first to respond to the release of covert recordings and stated that this fact must not be left without response;
- Today you abolished the agency of citizens of Georgia which made every effort with limited legislative, human and financial resources to investigate facts of violence by representatives of law enforcement agencies;
- Today you abolished the agency of citizens of Georgia which had to fight constantly in order to somehow punish violent civil servants who had committed crimes;
- Today you abolished the agency of this country which dared to say loudly that it had been confronted with problems and obstacles in the process of obtaining evidence and was not provided with evidence – documents, video recordings needed to punish violent civil servants;
- Today you abolished the agency of this country which actually stood on the European path and had been introducing new, European standards;
- Today you abolished the agency which managed to gain unprecedented public trust and support in 2 years and you saw this clearly during the last 3 days;
- Today you abolished the agency which dared to boldly express its critical opinions concerning prepared legislative amendments while these reforms were pretentious;
- Today you made the step which has nothing in common with a reform;
- Today you made the step which has nothing in common with protecting human rights;
- Today you decided to dismiss the State Inspector and her three Deputies, who managed to create an independent state agency despite all the obstacles.
I would like to thank the international community, Diplomatic Corps, non-governmental sector, Members of the Parliament, public, students, representatives of ethnic and religious minorities for their unprecedented support we have been observing for the last 3 days.
I would like to thank my colleagues for their conscientious and dignified work.
I would like to thank my Deputies: Giorgi Gamezardashvili, Sophio Jiadze and Salome Bakhsoliani for creating this agency and for their worthy and bold decisions.
The word of the President is important now. I would like to thank her for expressed support. I do hope she will veto this law.
This legal fight has not been finished!
I would like to wish you living in a country oriented on human rights!