SANCTIONS TO ‘TEACH WHAT’S WHAT’
16 February, 2012

‘This law enables to punish any person…’

The Young Lawyers’ Association protests against the unlimited rights given to the Control Chamber by the law ‘on political unification of citizens’. Suffice it that the Control Chamber has ‘reasonable doubt’ that any NGO, media or business company has friendly or business relations with any political subject, party or force, ‘teach what’s what’ sanctions will be immediately imposed on them and series of inspection will ensue during which much ‘guilt’ will be revealed.

 

According to

Tamar Chugoshvili, chairperson of ‘Young Lawyers’ Association’ unless the Parliament alters new regulations of the law we may face grave results. Many independent organizations will go bankrupt and it will endanger protection of civil society. New regulations have recently been introduced by the Parliament and the Controls Chamber has already started ‘supervising’ and demanded information on financial activity from NGO ‘New Generation-New initiative’.

Tamar Chugoshvili: - The Parliament empowered the Controls Chamber to control not only parties but financing of all physical and legal persons who as they deem may have connection with any political force, subject or party. The main problem is that the law is faulty. The Controls Chamber as it is has broad possibilities and in this case it can impose restrictions on any organization without any proof.

They cannot receive solid financing besides several possibilities strictly stipulated by the law. They can get financial donation of GEL 60.000from physical persons, for other additional occupation also GEL 60.000 a year. Big NGOs, media and business companies can’t receive grants any more. But it’s unimaginable to survive on donations of physical persons only.

There is even more, the law enables to punish any person who has declared political aims and tasks or displays protest against the existing regime.

Q. – You declared that as a sign of protest you won’t submit financial documents to the Controls Chamber.

A. – Yes. We have nothing to hide and we publish our accounts on our site. “New Generation – New Initiative” has no political or election goals, it’s an NGO busy with purely civilian activity. Imposing of restrictions will put it in a very grave situation; we’ll face identical situation; we won’t be able to continue our work. It’s true that nobody has required anything from us as of yet but we demand changing of the law as it causes anomalous processes.

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