On June 24, 2020, the Justice Minister initiated disciplinary proceedings against Bachana Shengelia, a Georgian notary, over his critical Facebook posts against the government. We believe that the disciplinary proceedings initiated by the Justice Minister create a perception of bias.
The government actions prevented a large-scale spread of the novel coronavirus in the country. It would not be justified to say that the government managed to achieve these results at the expense of massive violations of human rights, however, the process was marred by certain shortcomings.
Recently, representatives of Georgia's partner countries and international organizations have increasingly indicated troubling trends in terms of the country’s democratic development. Along with the electoral system, Western partners' statements focus on the problems of independence of the judiciary and Prosecutor’s Office and prosecution of political opponents.