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Democracy Research Institute

The Democracy Research Institute (DRI) is a prominent Georgian non-governmental organization working to promote human rights and transparent and accountable governance. The organization is committed to supporting free and fair elections, democratic institutions, and civil society development. DRI carries out campaigns for the protection of human rights, educational initiatives and drafts policy documents for national and international actors. DRI also monitors elections and state compliance with international obligations, with a special focus on conflict-affected regions and European integration.

Human rights defenders in Georgia are often subjected to physical attacks, threats and insults, defamation, and slander. In most cases, these forms of intimidation are levelled against those who protect and promote the rights of migrants and members of national, religious, or sexual minorities, as well as those working on politically sensitive cases and in remote areas where they have almost no opportunities for protection.