The dramatically deteriorating economic situation in Azerbaijan has caused a wave of spontaneous protests which have been ongoing since January 12. The people are protesting against price rises and demanding that the unemployment problem be resolved. Protests were seen in more than ten different places across Azerbaijan, including the cities of Quba and Siyazan.

Read the OSW article here

27 January, 2016

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.


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


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…)