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Joint Statement of Civil Society Organizations

We express our gratitude to the young people, women, workers, scientists, teachers, doctors, cultural and sports figures, winemakers, entrepreneurs, farmers, and all those who stand on the right side of history and express their will in the face of government oppression and violence! The resolute efforts of the Georgian public against the adoption of the Russian law and the departure from the European path have yielded the first positive outcome.

On March 7, 78 members of the Georgian Parliament's majority supported in the first reading the Russian targeting the Georgian population. According to all of Georgia's international partners, this law is a big wall between Georgia and the European Union, and discussing it in parliament violates the dignity of all citizens and constitutes an anti-constitutional step, as confirmed by the President of Georgia.

The adoption of this law in the first reading was a direct continuation of the government's anti-Western campaigns and the constant delegitimization of European institutions.

We would like to inform the public that there is no procedure for recalling a draft law that has been passed in the first reading. The only available option is to reject it in the second reading. Therefore, the parliament must vote on it in the second reading and reject it, while the initiators of the second version of the draft law, which has not been voted on, must officially withdraw it. This will serve as an official apology to the people of Georgia.

Therefore, we demand:

· Parliament convenes a plenary session without delay to vote on the Russian law in its second reading and officially reject it.

· The immediate release of all detainees who were protesting in the streets to defend Georgia’s European future and against the law that undermines the dignity of Georgia and its people.

The statement is open to any organization and media that wishes to join.


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