2009-12-29Why I Apologize To Abkhaz People
“Sorry” Campaign was launched in March of 2007. It is not easy to apologize as well as to accept an apology.
The aim of the Sorry Campaign is to change the dynamics and direction of the relationships that have been established between Georgians and Abkhazians during recent years. The “Sorry” Campaign is not in any way connected with politics; it is a movement against war, as we consider that there is no alternative to peaceful dialogue and mutual settlement of the conflict.
2009-12-23Vakho Komakhidze: “There Were Normal Conditions in the Cell of Georgian Adults”
Journalist for the Studio “Reporter” Vakho Komakhidze reported that adults from Tirdznisi village were in normal conditions in the custody in Tskhinvali.
2009-11-12Chechen Refugee Children without Access to Education
In accordance to the Article 28 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, every state is obliged to ensure accessibility to education for refugees. Right to education is ensured by Law of Georgia on Refugees too. Executive and local authorities are entitled to support refugee children to get education at nursery and public schools. Despite that, refugee children from Chechnya do not go to school.
2009-11-06Valeri Kopaleishvili: “In Winter Every IDP Will Live in Warm”
Many people face extra problems in winter in Georgia. Upcoming winter is associated with increased electricity bills and general domestic problems for most people in our country. The situation is especially difficult for IDPs and impoverished people. Neither retired people are happy with winter; their pension is lower than living wage. Residents of small villages also face serious problems in winter. In short, for the most part of Georgian population approaching winter is reason for many problems. We inquired whether the state has worked out any special programs for the population for winter.
2009-11-04Houses Are Built for IDPs But of Poor Quality
The Municipal Development Fund of Georgia spread information about the rehabilitation of the collective shelters of IDPs early this year and the government of Georgia welcomed the initiative with funfair. The excited government once more reminded the population that they are bothered about people. The government presented the rehabilitation plan for collective centers. According to the plan, about 85 000 IDPs shall be sheltered into a new buildings in 2009. The process started and the IDPs started complaining about it.
2009-10-28Only 60 770 900 GEL Was Spent on IDPs from Allocated 176 646 450 GEL
The Georgian Young Lawyers Association (GYLA) published preliminary report of the monitoring they carried out to assess the construction activities of shelters for the IDPs. The report states that only 60 770 900 GEL was spent from the allocated 176 646 450 GEL on the IDPs. As a result of the monitoring lawyers exposed several facts of inefficient activities and unreasonable expenditure of state funds.
2009-10-22MP Magda Anikashvili Requests the Government to Resolve Problems of IDPs Residing in former Building of Public School N 205
2009-10-22Beyond Poverty Level and In the Street
Alternative Space without Windows and Door Instead the Accommodation for an IDP
An IDP from Abkhazia Mediko Jikia who lives beyond poverty level has been living in the street with her three little grandchildren for over one week. In 2006 she purchased two rooms from an IDP in the building of Abkhazian Court in Kalaubani Street N 6, in Varketili settlement. She created minimal living conditions in the accommodation. The Ministry of Refugees and Accommodation registered her in that address in November of 2007. One year later the accommodation was registered on her. However, the registration happened only after the space was sold to the group of lawyers. One of those lawyers was Davit Jabidze, former governor of Isani-Samgori district in Tbilisi. The group demanded the IDPs to leave the accommodation and evicted them under force.
2009-10-16We Never Differentiated between Ossetians and Georgians in Our Village
The Human Rights Center has already published an article about the village of Tsitelubani in Gori district. It is very interesting village – one of those villages where ethnic Ossetians and Georgians live together and despite 20-year-old conflict they manage to live in peace.
2009-10-16Makhare Makhatadze Kidnapped by Russian Occupants Three Months Ago Is at Zugdidi Hospital
2009-10-05Neither House, Nor Compensation...
Family of Zurab Maisuradze from the village of Meghvrekisi in Gori district fled from the village on August 11, 2008 during the armed conflict. Now, he cannot flee from the kindergarten because the government is not going to reconstruct his house or give compensation. The family with four children cannot live in the house because it was seriously damaged.
2009-09-25The State Assists Only Those IDPs Who Live in Cottages in New Settlements
So-called new IDPs (people who were displaced during the Georgia-Russia war in August of 2008) received the IDP status several months ago though not all of them did. The status was granted only to those IDPs who live in the cottages in the new settlements.
2009-09-24Disinformation: State Policy or Artificial Escalation of Ethnic Discord?
For a long time I was planning to prepare this article but having read the final report of the Secretary General of the UN I decided to offer my letter to the readers in this way. I hope I will receive some results from it and then I will not have to publish this information in the mass media.
2009-09-09IDPs Without IDP Status
413 IDP families still live in nursery schools in Gori. Among them are people from the village of Zardiaantkari in Gori district which is not located in the Patara Liakhvi Valley (former buffer zone). IDPs say their houses were not damaged during the war but Georgian police does not allow them to enter the village and cross so-called border.
2009-08-27What Is The Difference Between “Old” and “New” IDPs?!
People, who were internally displaced from Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions in 1991-93, think that Government of Georgia pays more attention to the victims of the war in August of 2008. Officials of the Government of Georgia are proud that unlike previous president, the current one has created comfort for new IDPs.
2009-08-25One Step Forward Two Steps Back
Most of the IDPs from the Kodori valley that live in Kutaisi have only one table, 4 chairs, a bed, a TV set and a fridge. They live in a former military college building which was renovated by foreigners. The IDPs have been living there since March 2, 2009. They are very dissatisfied and tell about their problems to everyone hoping that their problems might be taken up by the government.
2009-08-18The Problem of Muslim Meskhs Remains Unsolved
Based on the obligation obtained by the state of Georgia in front of European Union repatriation of so called “Turkish Meskhs” should have started in 2002 and ended in 2011. Only 2 years remain till the official term expires but neither money nor economic and political climate exists in the country for repatriating Muslim Meskhs. Meanwhile, Muslim Georgians that were deported from Meskheti, a region in South Georgia demand their return to their homeland fairly. Large scaled and brutal violation of rights of Muslim Meskhs occurs many years now. Deported Meskhs have only legal basis for returning to their motherland.
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