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Thursday, October 13, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted a lunch seminar on the Georgian parliamentary elections that took place on October 8th. Thornike Gordadze, Senior Advisor for Education, Research and Studies at the French Institut des Hautes Études de Défense Nationale (IHEDN) and Former State Minister for Euro-Atlantic Integration of Georgia described the elections and the results. (more…)

13 October, 2016
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Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation has the pleasure of welcoming you to a seminar on the elections in Georgia at Stora Nygatan 30 in Stockholm, Thursday, October 13, 2016. Read more about the seminar and how to participate below.

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Local leaders from UNM at one of the two conferences on door-to-door campaigning

After almost four years of populistic and oligaristic rule with Bidzina Ivanishvili’s Georgian Dream, the opinion polls now show that the upcoming parliamentary elections on October 15 is going to be a nail-biter as Georgians go to the ballots. From being in disadvantageous position, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation’s co-operation party, the United National Movement, is now less than one percent behind the ruling party. (more…)

Representatives of the leading opposition party in Georgia, United National Movement (UNM), were last Sunday encountered by an offensive mob as they were visiting a polling station in Kortskheli in the administrative centre of Samegrelo-Zemo. Among the affected were high profile figures such as the party’s international secretary, Giga Bokeri, and the former Tbilisi mayoral candidate, Nika Melia. According to local media, at least four other MP’s belonging to the party were accosted as well, together with several activists.

Georgia has during the last years experienced a setback in democracy since Bidzina Ivanishvili’s government party, Georgian Dream (GD), has tightened its grip around several democratic institutions such as the free press, and actively preventing the voice of the opposition to be heard.

Watch a recording over the tensions on YouTube here

EPP condemns the assault in a statement here

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Participants from one of the conferences in Kutaisi, Georgia

During the last year, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation and the International Republican Institute have arranged women conferences for active female politicians from our co-operation organisation in Georgia, the United National Movement. Ten conferences have taken place throughout the country, with the aim of establishing a strong and effective women forum in the party. On February 18-21, the last four conferences took place in Kutaisi, in the region of Imereti. (more…)

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Wednesday, January 27, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation arranged the seminar Developments in Georgia – Challenges for Western integration. Two representatives of United National Movement (UNM), Georgia’s largest opposition party, described the recent years political developments in Georgia, the challenges for stronger Western integration and the situation for the opposition in the upcoming parliamentary elections in October this year.

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27 January, 2016
12:00till13:00

Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation has the pleasure of welcoming you to the seminar Developments in Georgia – Challenges for Western integration at Stora Nygatan 30 in Stockholm, Wednesday, January 27. Two representatives of United National Movement (UNM), the largest opposition party in Georgia, will describe the recent years political developments and the situation for the opposition in the upcoming parliamentary elections 2016. Read more about the seminar and how to participate below.

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Georgia’s Democratic Backsliding

December 2nd, 2015   Georgia | News

A summary of the political situation in Georgia has been published in the International Democrat Union forum. It describes continued political prosecutions, attempts to take over independent media, violent attacks against representatives of the opposition and threats against NGOs.

Read more here:
Georgia’s Democratic Backsliding: An Update 11.2015

Tbilisi’s city court’s controversial judge Tamaz Urtmelidze dismissed last night the management of Georgia’s largest independent TV-channel Rustavi2. The controversial judicial decision came as a surprise without notice. The new management expects to consist of government proxies and leaders loyal with the ruling party. The ruling party Georgian Dream gains with this action nearly monopoly on the Georgian media landscape and the actions are condemned by numerous of NGO’s in the country. The U.S. Ambassador to Tbilisi, Ian Kelly, issued a “deep concern” and warned of “profound political implications.

Read at joint statement from Transparency International and Atlantic Council among others here.

UNM Activists Sentenced to Pre-trial Detention as PACE Slams Georgia for Abusing the Practice

05.10.2014

Three UNM activists were sentenced to two-months of pre-trial detention in the western Georgian city of Kutaisi today for “hooliganism” allegedly committed while taking part in a rally in support of Rustavi2, Georgia’s most popular TV channel currently facing an aggressive government-backed takeover.

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