2007-12-13“International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)”Calls on Government to Stop Legal Prosecution on Journalists
2007-12-12Shop Windows of the Leader from Opposition Party Were Smashed
At late night on December 8, approximately 3:00 AM, strangers smashed the windows of the shop owned by Oleg Samdroshvili, the head of the Election Staff for presidential candidate Levan Gachechiladze.
2007-12-12People Expect Fraudulent Elections in Kaspi
Mikheil Saakashvili, in his capacity as president of Georgia, has never visited Kaspi after the Rose Revolution. However, as a presidential candidate Saakashvili has visited the industrial town. Local authorities arranged a meeting with school children and employees of the local administration. Khatuna Tatanashvili, a member of the “Republican Party” from Kaspi, said that the officials from their district got dressed in riot policemen’s uniforms and started to disperse people with truncheons on November 7.
2007-12-11"November 7" at The Hobby Gallery
On December 10th at 4:00PM, the Human Rights Center opened a photo exhibition in honor of the International Day of Human Rights. “We wish to never show photos like these in the future,” and with these words, the exhibition opened. The theme of the event was human rights, but because of the recent situation in Georgia, it focused on the reportage of the events of November 7th.
Representatives of the bureau of MP Nikoloz Kvezereli, were exiled from their working room in the administrative building of the local government; the room was assigned to them according to the law. The reason was his support for the parliamentary fraction “Our Georgia” with the leaders of presidential candidate Badri Patarkatsishvili. The MP from Gurjaani is the member of the fraction. The head of the MP’s bureau said that the local government was particularly annoyed by the fact that civil society actively cooperates with them.
2007-12-07Government Prevents Levan Gachechiladze from Opening Election Staff in Abasha
Surnames of dead people might appear on the list of Mikheil Saakashvili’s supporters.
Members of the presidential candidate Levan Gachechiladze’s election staff remained without office in Abasha. It is already third occasion when they were obliged to leave office after having signed the lease contract and paid the rent. The owners of the offices cannot tell exact reasons for refusal. Kakha Mikaia, member of the political council of the political movement ‘Tavisufleba” stated that it is a next provocation of the government. According to his statement the principal authors of the incidents are Badri Chachava, Abasha Municipality Governor and Davit Darsmelidze, the head of the Police Department.
2007-12-07Members of the “National Movement” Use Administrative Resources to Carry out Election Campaign in Gori
Local governmental bodies involved students from Gori in the election campaign of the presidential candidate from the leading party. Besides students the complete personnel of administration takes part in the campaign. Members of the National Movement think that Mikheil Saakashvili will win more votes in Gori district than in other districts throughout Georgia.
2007-12-06Consume Less, Pay More-Akhalkalaki Dwellers Protest Padded Bills on Electricity
Akhalkalaki dwellers cannot understand why they should pay for more electricity than they have used. Some of them face problems because of old meters; others pay padded bills because of some faults on computer program which estimates fees on electricity.
2007-12-06Who Will Warm Children?!
“Central heating was installed in our school but it does not function properly yet. We, pupils have our fingers frozen and cannot hold pens properly. Don’t we have right to study in normal conditions? They say we should collect money to turn on the central heating,”-said Mariam Iremadze, a student of the 7th grade when she appealed to the Human Rights Center’s Kutaisi office.
2007-12-05Opposition Members Relatives’ Businesses Sealed Up
Since November 7th, tax inspectors have begun to raid businesses owned by relatives of opposition party members in Batumi. These private businesses have now been sealed. Although the decree allowing this mentions the, “immediate raid for tax inspection,” the inspections began fifteen days after the decree was enacted.
2007-12-05Lia Sichinava, a Teacher from Senaki, Intends to Protect Her Rights in Court
Lia Sichinava, a teacher at Senaki Public School #3, is taking action to protect her rights after the school administration fired her. Her conflict stems from a disagreement with Meri Tsirgvava, the director of the school, and three teachers of Georgian Literature who attempted to appropriate her work schedule. Sichinava had been teaching Georgian Literature courses for 7th, 8th and 9th grade students for the past two years in lieu of the regular teacher who was ill with cancer. She considers the Supervisory Council and school director’s decision to dismiss her illegal and is trying to protect her rights.
2007-12-05Kutaisi Drivers Have Joined the Ranks of the Unemployed
Kutaisi has been without trolleybuses for ten months. One hundred employees of the enterprise, with a history spanning a half-century, have been unemployed for ten months and can only hope for positive changes to their situation. The problems faced by trolleybus drivers stems from the 1.5 million lari debt the Kutaisi trolleybus department owes to the state. Several drivers of the Kutaisi trolleybus operation have sought out the Human Rights Center’s Kutaisi Office for help.
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