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The News in Brief

Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Prepared by Messenger Staff

Badri Japaridze of 'Lelo' elaborates on their Visa policy initiative responding to Gov't

Badri Japaridze of "Lelo' party made a statement regarding the party's initiative of tightening the Visa policy for Russians, accusing the Georgian Dream party of 'shamelessly lying' as according to him, the "Lelo" initiative does not serve the restriction for tourism in Georgia: "The initiative talks about elementary regulation. When they say that someone wants to restrict tourists or create an obstacle, this is demagoguery and a shameless lie," leader Badri Japaridze said. Lelo MP also said that it's not a news that 'Georgian government responds inadequately to completely rational proposal' "There is no question of restricting the flow of tourists. Tourists should be able to enter the country without hindrance, explore it, and for this there should be a simplified visa regime, which means that it is very easy to get a visa at the border. The "Lelo" initiative talks about people who want to stay in our country for a long time, and today the regime we have with the Russian Federation means staying in the country for 360 days without any restrictions. The Russian Federation has a very strict visa regime for our country, and those citizens of Georgia who want to travel to Russia have to pay quite a lot of money. On the other hand, a bloody war is going on in the region, which is being waged by Russia. At this time, when the number of visitors from the aggressor country is increasing, there is talk of elementary regulation, and when they talk about As if someone wants to restrict tourists or create obstacles, these are demagoguery and shameless lies. We are talking about the elementary visa regime." Japaridze also added that this is an absolutely normal request and is based on the country's security goals.

International Ombudsman Institute revokes Russia's membership of the Human Rights Commissioner

The governing board of the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI) revoked the membership of the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the Russian Federation for violating the principle of professional ethics and impartiality.

The decision was based on the Russia's Commissioner's statements after Russia's invasion of Ukraine who justified the illegal invasion.

"The commissioner's membership has been terminated because he does not meet our bylaws, which require our members to adhere to the generally recognized professional ethics of the Ombudsman Institute and to be impartial," said International Ombudsman Institute President Chris Field.

The Public Defender of Georgia also supported this decision.