Tbilisi. Civil society organizations respond to the State Security Service call of Tamta Mikeladze, one of the directors of Human Rights Education and Monitoring Center (EMC), for interrogation.
“According to the general explanation of SSG, the investigation concerns racial discrimination, as certain individuals attempt to stir up strife between ethnic Georgians and Azerbaijanis in the Kvemo Kartli and Kakheti regions. Starting the investigation by SSG with a vague objective, and, as a result, calling the head of the non-governmental organization for interrogation, may be perceived as an indication and warning to civil activists. This practice is dangerous also due to the fact that most probably SSG will require signing of a Non-Disclosure Agreement, which will make it impossible not only to discuss effectively correctness of the fact of calling the head of the non-governmental organization for interrogation in this context, but also to allow Tamta Mikeladze, a critically important activist in informing society regarding ethnic minority problems, to provide public with alternative information, coming from authorities, freely and unrestrictedly”, - is noted in the joint statement.