Armenian NGOs Joining Demand of Georgian Partners Not to Accept Bill on "Foreign Agents"

Armenian NGOs Joining Demand of Georgian Partners Not to Accept Bill on "Foreign Agents"

Every day since April 15, the public of Georgia has taken to the streets demanding the authorities not to accept the draft law on "Transparency of Foreign Influence". Protesters have been blocking Shota Rustaveli Street in Tbilisi, where the Parliament of Georgia is located, for 3 days. Demonstrations continue with clashes, but the number of demonstrators increases with each new day. The pressures exercised on them are also increasing.

The bill was put on the agenda by the ruling "Georgian Dream" party, assuring that the goal is to strengthen Georgia's democracy, increase transparency and accountability. The Parliament of Georgia adopted the bill in its first reading.

Under the controversial bill, all non-governmental organizations and media with more than 20 percent of their funding coming from foreign sources must submit an official income statement in January each year and must register as agents of foreign influence. If they do not do this, they will have to pay a fine of 25,000 Lari (around 10,000 USD).

"EcoLur", "Green Armenia", "ISSD - Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Development of Communities" NGOs express their support to the civil society of Georgia and join their demand.



April 18, 2024 at 17:46