Statement of CSO’s

06.03.2022

We, the undersigned civil society organizations from Georgia and Ukraine, believe that Russia’s ongoing military invasion of Ukraine represents an unprovoked and unjustified aggression against a sovereign state, and is an attempt to dismantle European and Global Security architecture, which requires the strongest possible response of the international community. Ukraine today demonstrates a remarkable example of courage fighting with one of the most powerful military machines in the World, and it is the duty of the Democratic world, to stand up for Ukraine in this uneven battle.

Georgia has also fallen a victim of Russian aggression in 2008, and Putin’s regime largely got away with it. What we witness today, is to a large extent, a result of that very lenience of the West back then. The Democratic World cannot afford making the same mistake again and it should adequately respond to this flagrant aggression in the heart of Europe.

We, Georgian and Ukrainian civil society representatives, would like to call on the Civil Society representatives globally, to join our address to all governments of the World to respond in a strict, unified and a forceful way to this brazen and criminal act of Russia. In the circumstances when innocent lives are being lost and infrastructure and economy of the country is being destroyed there is no time for half-measures. The Putin’s regime should pay a severe price for these crimes.

Therefore, we call on the governments of the democratic world to:

  1. Impose strongest possible measures against Russian Federation, with the aim to force it to cease military actions as soon as possible;
  2. Continue increasing defense capabilities of Ukraine, including providing anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense systems, and ensuring Ukraine’s air defense through other means, including establishing and enforcing no-fly zones above certain parts of Ukrainian territory under Kiev’s control as requested by President Zelenskyy;
  3. Provide financial and humanitarian support to the people of Ukraine, inside and outside the country;
  4. Enact welcoming conditions to refugees from Ukraine.

We believe that Ukraine is fighting this war for the whole continent and the democratic world, and it is our duty to show support to the heroic people of Ukraine. The time to act is now!

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  1. Transparency International Georgia (TI Georgia)
  2. Open Society Georgia Foundation (OSGF)
  3. Institute for Democracy and Safe Development (IDSD)
  4. Society and Banks
  5. Georgian Farmers Association
  6. Economic Policy Research Center (EPRC)
  7. Green Alternative
  8. Atlantic Council of Georgia
  9. Media Development Foundation (MDF)
  10. Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS)
  11. Georgian Young Lawyers Association (GYLA)
  12. International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED)
  13. Sapari
  14. In Depth Reporting and Economic analysis Center
  15. Governance Monitoring Centre (GMC)
  16. Pen Georgia
  17. Europe Foundation
  18. Georgian Democracy Initiative (GDI)
  19. World Experience for Georgia (WEG)
  20. Human Rights Center (HRC)
  21. Empathy
  22. United Nations Association of Georgia (UNAG)
  23. Tolerance and Diversity Institute (TDI)
  24. Leberal Academy
  25. Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI)
  26. The Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics
  27. Rights Georgia
  28. Georgian Media Club
  29. Coalition for Local Self-Government and Democracy
  30. International Center for Civic Culture
  31. Center of Local Democracy Network
  32. International Association Civitas Georgica
  33. Management systems’ development center
  34. Journalism Resource Center – JRC
  35. Gori Information Centre
  36. Union of Democrat Meskhs – UDM
  37. Independent Journalists’ House
  38. Democratic Development Union of Georgia
  39. Transparency International Ukraine (TI Ukraine)
  40. East Europe Foundation (EEF) Ukraine
  41. Centre for Innovation Development (CID) Ukraine
  42. Center for Sustainable Development Initiatives – CSDI
  43. All-Ukrainian Association of Organizations for People with Disabilities “The league of the strong” («The League of the strong»)
  44. CO “CF “Caritas-Kyiv”
  45. Centre of United Actions (Centre UA)
  46. Center civil initiatives TIRA
  47. Social sinergy NGO
  48. All-Ukrainian NGO Coalition for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (NGO Coalition)
  49. Association for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities “Djerela” (“Djerela” Association)
  50. Charitable Organization “100 % of life. Kyiv region”
  51. Charitable Organization “School-Steps”
  52. Ukrainian Foundation for Public Health
  53. Health Right International
  54. Centre for Democracy and Rule of Law
  55. Public Organization “Social Synergy”
  56. Public Organization “Ukrainian Child Rights Network”
  57. Public Organization “Family for Persons with Disability”
  58. ICO CF SOS Children’s Villages International Ukraine
  59. Civil Society Institute (CSI)
  60. Shame Movement