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


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.


The former mayor of Tbilisi Gigi Ugulava was released following Georgian Constitutional Court declaring his prolonged pre-trial detention as anti-constitutional and illegal. Less than 24 hours later he was jailed again.

Read more below.


United National Movement, Georgia’s main opposition party, has published a statement on the Government’s refusal to comply with the ruling of the Constitutional Court to release the former Mayor of Tbilisi Gigi Ugulava.

Read the statement below.


Khatuna Gogorishvili chaired the conferences.

Khatuna Gogorishvili chaired the conferences.

On 14-17 July, 2015, Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation, in co-operation with International Republican Institute (IRI), organized two conferences with local female politicians from Georgia. The participants who came from different regions of the country, and represented the opposition party, United National Movement (UNM), gathered in the Georgian village, Chakvi to discuss strategies for the future.



Women’s organisation meeting in Sighnaghi

July 2-3 and 4-5, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation invited women representatives from its co-operation organisation United National Movement (UNM) to two conferences in Sighnaghi, Georgia. The purpose of the conferences was to discuss and to encourage the construction and strengthening of a women network in the region of Kakheti. The conferences were co-hosted by the International Republican Institute (IRI). (more…)

Khatuna Gogorishvili at conference with UNM Women.

Khatuna Gogorishvili at conference with UNM Women.

On 26-27 February, female politicians from the Georgian opposition party, United National Movement (UNM) met in order to discuss how women could gain more influence in politics. The conference took place in the small village of Kachreti in eastern Georgia, and the women participating were from all over Georgia. At the moment there is no female Mayor in the country and women in rural areas have it most difficult to pursue a political career. However, all women said they were fighting against old structures and attitudes.  (more…)


Participants during the first conference in Bazaleti

On January 21-22 and 23-24, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted two conferences in Georgia for political active youth from the Foundation’s partner United National Movement (UNM). The conferences revolved round party ideology and the road towards NATO and EU membership. The conferences were co-hosted by the International Republican Institute (IRI). (more…)

JHS Winter School 2014 Balkan

Participants from the Balkans during the JHS Winter School 2014

November 11-18, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation organised two conferences on ideology for political active youth from the Eastern Neighbourhood. The conferences were held in Nynäshamn, south of Stockholm. Topics at the conference treated the principles from our book Principles for a Free Society by Dr Nigel Ashford. (more…)

29 April, 2014

April 29, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted a luncheon in Stockholm on the political developments in Georgia and the future for European integration.

David Bakradze, leader of United National Movement in the Georgian Parliament gave his views on the situation, together with his fellow MPs Tinatin Bokuchava and Giorgi Kandelaki, as well as Irakli Kavtaradze, deputy international secretary of the party. (more…)

In 2012, United National Movement (UNM), the party that Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation works with in Georgia lost the parliamentary elections. At the moment, UNM is in the middle of a transformation process, often followed by a loss of election. However, UNM has both lost and gained new members. Meanwhile, polls show that the support for the current Georgian Dream coalition government is decreasing with disappointed people still waiting for its promises to be realized. (more…)