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Azerbaijan: Dismay as Rasul Jafarov is sentenced to 6 years and 3 months imprisonment in appeal
Paris-Geneva, July 31, 2015 – The sentencing of human rights defender Rasul Jafarov to six years in prison was confirmed today by the before the Baku Court of Appeal. Arbitrarily detained since August 2, 2014, the conviction of Mr. Rasul Jafarov is based on trumped-up charges and aims at preventing him from carrying out his legitimate human rights activities, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders said today.
Pardon Mechanism in Georgia – Problems and Challenges
On July 30, Human Rights Center held a round table on the topic: “Pardon Mechanism in Georgia – Problems and Challenges”. The representatives of NGOs, also the current and former chairs of the pardon commission, Zviad Koridze and Elene Tevdoradze participated in the discussion. Several issues have been outlined during the discussion.
Another fact of alleged misconduct by police officers
On July 29, Human Rights Center and Georgian Bar Association held a joint press conference and called on the Government to create an independent investigative commission. 
Who Shall Investigate Alleged Misconducts of Police Officers
Human Rights Center and Georgian Bar Association call on the Government to properly investigate human rights violations in police departments. The topic of the discussion at the joint press conference was the verdict issued by Zugdidi District Court on the case of a citizen Maia Kekelia.
A citizen who has become homeless
“In 1992 I came from Sokhumi to Tbilisi and with my savings I bought an apartment with space of 249m2 for 3000 dollars in Avlabari on Abdushelashvili Street. In 2004, because of the construction of the Presidential Residence, our apartment was illegally alienated without any compensation,”- told Iza Gvajaia to humanrights.ge.
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. 
Human Rights Center Addressed the Parliament with a Legislative Proposal
Human Rights Center addressed the Parliament with a legislative proposal to adopt a law on amnesty in order to release those prisoners who were convicted during 2006-2012 under the article 262 of the Criminal Code of Georgia. 
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.
Discussion on the bill of Marijuana Decriminalization has been started in the Parliament
On June 30, an independent MP Goga Khachidze presented the bill about decriminalization of Marijuana at the meeting of the Human Rights Committee. 
“Georgian Citizens Ucha Nanuashvili and Mikheil Sharashidze against the Georgian Parliament”
Georgian citizens Ucha Nanuashvili and Mikheil Sharashidze appealed to the Constitutional Court of Georgia with the constitutional claim (registration N547) on December 12, 2012. The claim was prepared in Human Rights Center. The Constitutional Court by the first panels’ protocol record N1/1/547 of July 4 2013, received the constitutional claim for an substantial hearing. Meeting of the substantial hearing was held on January 30, 2014, by oral hearing.
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. .
Parliament Endorses Interior Ministry Reform with First Reading
Parliament passed on June 27 with its first reading package of legislative amendments envisaging decoupling of security and intelligence agencies from the Interior Ministry.
Juvenile on Hunger Strike In Kutaisi Prison
In Kutaisi prison N2, 14-year-old S.T. started hunger-strike for the second time for the last month. The reason is protest against Georgian law enforcement officers, in particular against Samtredia District Police and the Prosecutor’s Office.
Police officer who confronted the City Council member was fired
Representatives of Kutaisi organization of the National Movement held a special briefing few days ago. They protested the fact that the Security Police officer of Kutaisi City Hall Imeda Kirkitadze was dismissed from his work. They called for quick response from relevant authorities. 

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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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