The Georgian Young Lawyers Association (GYLA) has filed a complaint in Constitutional Court against amendments to the Law on Public Health, granting the Government powers to temporarily impose restrictions after the state of emergency is lifted on May 23.
Nona Kurdovanidze, Legal Assistance Program Director, told InterPressNews that GYLA seeks the amendments to be recognized as unconstitutional.
She explained that according to the controversial norms, the Parliament of Georgia delegates authority to the Government of Georgia, based on which the Government of Georgia shall be authorized to determine quarantine measures, including the restrictions on the freedom of movement, property rights, labor rights, and entrepreneurial rights.
“We made this decision after the parliament approved the amendments in three readings. The main arguments in our lawsuit are that the Constitution did not authorize the Georgian Parliament to transfer its powers, including restrictions of the labor rights, or the freedom of movement, to the Government. Therefore, we are lodging a complaint against this part of the legislation,” Nona Kurdovanidze said.
On May 22, the Georgian Parliament approved the amendments to the Law on Public Health granting the Government powers to temporarily impose some restrictions after the state of emergency is lifted. The bill authorizes the Government to enforce lockdown measures on public health security grounds, which may entail imposing restrictions on a wide spectrum of constitutional rights and freedoms, such as freedom of assembly, freedom of movement, and property, economic, and labor rights.
The draft was passed with the third hearing with 80 votes for and 0 against. The opposition did not take part in the vote.
It was tabled by the following Georgian Dream MPs: Dimitry Khundadze, Vladimer Kakhadze, Zurab Khachidze, Koba Nakaidze, and Dimitry Mkheidze.