Georgia: Parliament approves controversial foreign agent law defying protests

Source: Washington Post

“Georgia’s parliament approved a controversial ‘foreign agent law’ Tuesday, defying mass street protests by Georgians who fear that the bill will strip back civil rights and push their country further into Moscow’s orbit. The law could also undermine Georgia’s bid to join the European Union. The vote was 84 to 30. The law, authored by the governing Georgia Dream party, whose honorary chair is the billionaire oligarch Bidzina Ivanishvili, would force organizations that receive more than 20 percent of funding from abroad to label themselves as ‘organizations serving the interest of a foreign power.’ Critics of the bill say the measure mirrors Russia’s foreign agent law, which has been used to root out independent media, chase nongovernmental organizations and electoral watchdogs from the country, and target dissidents, making their activities impossible.” (05/14/24)