Georgian NGOs address Candidate for Georgia`s PM
Representatives of Georgian NGOs call on candidate for Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili to be cautious in presenting Ministers and public officers.
“On 16 October 2012, candidate for Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili presented his cabinet of Ministers. Davit Rakhvelidze’s candidacy was introduced as Minister for Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees. NGOs express sorrow that during the election campaign conducted by the candidates for Ministers in Ambrolauri region, hateful and racial expressions were used, like the aggressive tone in relations to mass media.
The expressions are against the European values and the course of European integration, which is the proclaimed priority of Georgia’s foreign policy and it violates fundamental human rights and freedoms.
"NGOs ask the candidate for Prime Minister to review the candidacy for Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees and be more careful and adherent to principles while selecting public officers for various positions and public officers to be more responsible for public statements and restrain from using language of hatred and racist expressions”, the statement reads.
The statement was signed by “Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association”, “42nd article of Constitution”, “International Transparency Georgia”, “International society for fair elections and democracy”, “Georgian journalists’ charter of ethics”, “Georgian regional media association”, “Multinational Georgia”, “Green Alternative”, Open society – Georgia foundation”, Natia Kuprashvili and Lasha Tughushi.