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Azerbaijan: Time for justice in the case against Leyla and Arif Yunus
Press Release - the Observatory
Geneva-Paris, October 16, 2015 – The appeal trial in the case against Ms. Leyla and Mr. Arif Yunus opened before the Baku Grave Crimes Court on October 12. On August 13, both had been convicted to 8.5 and 7 years jail sentences in a trial that grossly disregarded international standards of fair trial and due process. As the appeal trial is unfolding, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (OMCT-FIDH programme) calls for these outrageous sentences to be nullified.
Presentation of the Report “State of Women and Juvenile Prisoners in Georgia”
Human Rights Center presented report State of Women and Juvenile Prisoners in Georgia in the conference hall of the National Library of Georgia.
Single Mother Urges for Help
Socially indigent mother applied to Human Rights Center for help. Rusudan Zaalishvili is growing up her 6-years-old son alone in extremely hard conditions. They do not have income and accommodation. She has health problems too. Rusudan Zaalishvili petitioned to the Tbilisi City Hall for flat rent.

Appeal Court Acquitted Beneficiary of Human Rights Center
The Appeal Court acquitted convicted beneficiary of the lawyer of Human Rights Center in the administrative charge against him. The convicted person is Vazha Utiashvili from Gurjaani, 25-years-old. The Appeal Court discharged him from the accusation on the influence of narcotic substances as it was ruled by the district court on April 30, 2015. 
Convict Nana Parchukashvili started hunger-strike
On August 17 and 18 Human Rights Center received two letters of Nestan Verulashvili, director of semi-closed and semi-open penitentiary establishment # 5 for female convicts. The prison director informed the organization about hunger-strike of the convict Nana Parchukashvili.
Human Rights Center Addresses the Parliament with a Legislative Proposal
Representatives of Human Rights Center talk about unfair attitude towards female prisoners. According to the human rights defenders, the formation of new provision of the article 260 of Criminal Code of Georgia provides separation of sale of narcotics from purchasing, possessing and transferring. They welcome this fact; however, the change did not affect the article 262 of CC, which instilled feeling of injustice and protest in female convicts. 
The Court Issued a Precedent Decision Regarding the Twins Born by Two Surrogate Mothers
Administrative Cases panel of Tbilisi City Court made an important decision for protecting the best interests of children. Tbilisi City Court informed “Interpressnews” about this. According to them, the birth date of the twins who were born on different days by surrogate mothers was registered on the same calendar day. 
The Commission does not Release Seriously Ill Convicts
Convict Inga Tsuladze has been in prison N5 for 5 years. Her health condition is extremely severe. A lawyer of Human Rights Center, Tamar Avaliani protects Inga Tsuladze’s rights regarding health issues. She addressed the joint permanent commission of the Ministry of Corrections and Legal Assistance and the Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia to release Inga Tsuladze from serving the remaining sentence.
International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
On June 26, Human Rights House Tbilisi had a discussion regarding International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. They discussed current situation in the penitentiary system from different angles and talked about the challenges and positive measures taken in jails and penitentiary establishments. .
Fraud Victim Pensioner Asks for Help
“I am a pensioner and socially indigent. Every day I am afraid that we will be evicted and end up ინ streets. I do not know where to spend my old years. I live in unbearable conditions with my daughter and two small grandchildren,”- said Zhuzhuna Jobadze. 
Violence as a Lifestyle
“You have to beat your wife daily, so she listens to you – this is my husband’s motto, which he perfectly followed for years and was happy with it,” –the victim of a domestic violence told humanrights.ge.
Health Care Problems of Women Prisoners
Electronic queue of prisoners’ routine operations, medical examinations, post-surgical treatment, providing non-effective medications, nonexistence of pharmacies in correctional facilities – this is a short list of those problems that N5 women correctional facility prisoners talk about. 

Community Service as a Punishment
According to the information of the State Agency for Non-Custodial Sentences and Probation of Ministry of Corrections and Legal Assistance of Georgia, usage of community service as a non-custodial sentence has been increased since 2012. According to the official data, this type of sentence was used for 72 cases in 2012, for 260 cases in 2013, for 272 cases in 2014, and in 2015 332 cases are recorded. 

Socially Indigent Person Was Fined With 10 000 Laris
On June 3, representatives of Human Rights House Tbilisi held press conference about fining socially indigent family with 10 000 Lari by the Tbilisi City Hall.
Husband Seized Child from a Domestic Violence Victim Woman
25 year old woman Natela Dumbadze, residing in one of the villages in Gurjaani municipality, is a victim of violence. The whole family, a husband, a mother and father in laws, were abusing her. 

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Who shall be punished for the crimes committed during the August 2008 armed conflict?
Russian side Georgian side Ossetian side All parties equally I cannot answer


Fragile Peace in Balkans
After a long and complicated preparation period, on July 30, we landed in Sarajevo. Despite scary landing caused by bad weather conditions, I
Hungry Commission Members and Commission Chairpersons Angry with Observers in Batumi
Seal without Carve and Voter with Two Names in Guria


Villages of the Hopeless
I learned about healing water Dzuguri first several days ago. Having searched information, we learned that Dzuguri water is sold near the chain
What happened to Dream of Justice Revival?
Triggers of Prisoners’ Mass Protests

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