Against Non-Governmental Sector…
16 February, 2012
Against Non-Governmental Sector…

 

The dispute stems from the request of the Chamber’s Financial Monitoring Chief addressed to the Republican Institute to produce the financial report. Similar request was sent to the New Generation – New Initiative, which did not decline to cooperate. In both cases, the Chamber of Control explained that the reason behind its enquiries was the association of certain politicians with these organizations.

As the reader may remember, Koki Ionatamishvili, one of the former nGnI leaders, is a member of the National

party and Tbilisi Sakrebulo today. As for the Republican Institute, it was established by the people who are currently members of the Republican Party.

 

It was first time that the Chamber of Control requested financial report from the NGO but the request spurred resistance from the NGO sector because such requests to them will be expounded as an imposition of restrictions and prohibitions similar to what political parties will get according to the law adopted in December.

That is why this move by the Chamber of Control met strong resistance on the part of the NGO sector. Then an extraordinary meeting with the Chamber followed, where it was said that the Financial Monitoring of the Chamber requests financial reporting to ascertain if any given organization is linked to political parties and does not foresee restrictions and prohibitions a priori.

However, both experts and the NGO sector state that such reading of the law is entirely a matter of the Chamber’s goodwill. So, it should not be left open. That is why the NGO sector asks for the change in the law. Together with media organizations, they released an emergency petition calling for it.

Georgian Young Lawyer’s Association is going to approach the Parliament one of these days and demand amendment of the Law on Political Union of Citizens. Just like a considerable number of experts, they believe that the public has a clearly negative position towards these norms and expresses its protest.

 

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