About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 18:04 - 17 Nov.'17
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
ECHR Suspends Supreme Courtís Rustavi 2 Decision
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 4 Mar.'17 / 00:33


Headquarters of Tbilisi-based Rustavi 2 TV. Photo: Eana Korbezashvili/Civil.ge

On 3 March 2017, the European Court of Human Rights decided to temporarily suspend the enforcement of the Supreme Court’s March 2 decision, which granted the ownership rights of Rustavi 2 TV, Georgia’s most-watched television channel, to its former co-owner. 

The ECHR decision was first presented by Nika Gvaramia, director general of Rustavi 2 TV, at his special press briefing on March 3.

Gvaramia stated a day earlier, immediately after the Supreme Court’s decision, that the Rustavi 2 lawyers would request an interim measure, the Court’s instrument for temporarily suspending the final decisions of national courts.

The ECHR’s two-page letter, which briefly outlines the judge’s decision, was posted on Rustavi 2 website right after Gvaramia’s press briefing.

“In the interests of the parties and the proper conduct of the proceedings before it, [the Court decided] to indicate to the Government of Georgia, under Rule 39, that the enforcement of the Supreme Court’s decision of 2 March 2017 should be suspended and that the authorities should abstain from interfering with the applicant company’s editorial policy in any manner,” the ECHR letter said.

The letter specified that the interim measure will be applied temporarily, until March 8, 2017.

It also stated that the Court decided to give priority to the Rustavi 2 application under rule 41, which determines the the order in which cases will be dealt by the ECHR. It however, did not specify when exactly would the Court convene for considering the Rustavi 2 application.

Justice Minister Tea Tsulukiani, who commented on the ECHR decision on behalf of the Government two hours after Nika Gvaramia’s press briefing, stated that the Government “will follow the procedures as in all other cases that it had in Strasbourg.”

She also stated added that the Court “will have to decide whether to apply its practice on cases concerning freedom of expression, whether to extend the interim measure and whether to retain this decision or not.”

Under the Rules of Court, interim measures are binding and only applied in exceptional cases. The Court will only issue an interim measure against a Member State where, having reviewed all the relevant information, it considers that the applicant faces a real risk of serious, irreversible harm if the measure is not applied.
     
The Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights rules on individual or state applications alleging violations of the civil and political rights set out in the European Convention on Human Rights.

Latest News
17 Nov.'17 18:04
Ombudsman Presents Report on Abkhazia Crossing Points Closure
Public Defender Ucha Nanuashvili believes human rights situation in Gali is “gradually deteriorating.”
17 Nov.'17 16:14
Georgian, Russian Diplomats Meet in Prague
Moscow says an expert meeting on 2011 WTO deal agreed, criticizes Georgia on NATO ties.
17 Nov.'17 15:20
Three Deputy Interior Ministers Appointed
New Interior Minister Giorgi Gakharia will have three deputies.
17 Nov.'17 14:47
Public Defender Calls for Broader Participation in New Ombudsmanís Selection
Georgian civil society organizations plan to nominate their candidates for the position.
16 Nov.'17 17:31
Georgia Joins Lapis Lazuli Corridor Agreement
Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Turkey signed the agreement as well. 
16 Nov.'17 17:24
New U.S.-funded Training Program to Focus on Georgiaís Territorial Defense
Defense Minister Levan Izoria spoke on the new training program during his visit to the United States.
16 Nov.'17 12:32
Environmental NGO Calls for ĎIn-Depth Analysisí of Proposed Government Changes
The Caucasus Environmental NGO Network issued a statement on November 15.  
15 Nov.'17 17:50
In Tbilisi, Polish and Swedish FMs Reiterate Support for Georgiaís European Aspirations
Witold Waszczykowski and Margot Wallström held talks with Georgian leaders ahead of the EaP Summit.
15 Nov.'17 12:31
Putin Meets South Ossetian Leader in Moscow
Moscow extends compulsory medical insurance program to its citizens living in Tskhinvali Region.
14 Nov.'17 18:26
Newly Elected Tbilisi City Council Elects Chairman
The inaugural session was held on November 14. 

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2017, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
27