2013-05-08The still fragile state of democracy
GEORGIAN democracy took a major step forward last October following the country’s first ever constitutional transfer of power. After nearly six month in power, a first assessment of the new government is due: Has it restored democracy and the rule of law, or is it backsliding on its democratic commitments?
2013-05-07Protest rally against violations of privacy
On May 4 Facebook users protested violation of the right to privacy at Rustaveli Avenue. A special group – No More Footage! – was created on Facebook.
2013-05-02Agriculture Minister Quits After Arrests
2013-05-02Parliament Overturns Veto on Judicial Council Bill
Parliament, dominated by Georgian Dream coalition, overturned apresidential veto on judicial council bill on May 1 with 91 votes to 26.
2013-05-02Parliament Did Not Pass Amendments to the Gambling Law
Draft-amendments to the Gambling Law of Georgia could not receive 59 votes – necessary for quorum. 46 supporters vs 44 votes – it was results of the ballot at the parliamentary session of May 1. The debates on the draft-amendments lasted more than 1 hour and part of parliamentary majority also did not support it together with parliamentary minority members.
2013-05-01Public Defender Answered MPs’ Questions
On April 30, Public Defender Ucha Nanuashvili answered questions of the MPs at the session of the Human Rights Parliamentary Committee.
2013-04-30Ossetian Side Raised Question of Reconstruction of Tiriponi Channel
Ossetian side raised issue of reconstruction of Tiriponi Channel at the 33th Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism Meeting in Ergneti on April 16, 2013. Their representative Khokh Gagloiti spoke about the issue during the meeting.
2013-04-26Problem of Street Dogs in Tbilisi
Irma Mamasakhlisi has been bothered with pack of street dogs in her yard for many years already. She said one of their neighbors systematically feed street dogs and attracts more and more eventually. The woman has arranged lairs for dogs both in the yard and entrance; puts food for them straight in the entrance and people cannot safely enter their flats. The main problem about those dogs is that they are not vaccinated.
2013-04-24Foreigners Might Be Prohibited to Purchase More Than 2.5 Hectares of Land in Georgia
Specialists drafted special legislative initiative for alienation of lands in Georgia. According to the draft-law, foreign citizen will be able to purchase maximum 2.5 hectares of agricultural land in Georgia. In total, only 5% of agricultural land fund might be under ownership of foreign citizens.
2013-04-22President’s Secret Expenditures
Statements of the chairwoman of Parliamentary Committee for Procedural Issues Irina Imerlishvili caused serious public resonance. On April 17, Irina Imerlishvili stated at the press-conference that huge sums were spent on the purchase of luxurious items for the president, his family members, relatives, acting or former senior officials; the funds were allocated from the budget of the State Special Protection Service (SSPS) and had Top Secret status.
2013-04-17UNM Hit by Controversy Ahead of Rally
A damning statement against UNM secretary general and former PM Vano Merabishvili, posted on a newly created Facebook account late on Monday evening purportedly by his ex-subordinate and former senior interior ministry official, Data Akhalaia, appears to be revealing signs of infighting within President Saakashvili’s UNM party.
2013-04-11Vaziani Settlement – Homeless People and Families Threatened with Being Buries Alive
Vaziani settlement in Gardabani district attracted public attention on March 11 when five-storied residential building # 8 partly ruined. Nobody was damaged by the incident but its inhabitants remained homeless.
2013-04-10Indian Investor: “Georgia Is a Country Where You Invest in Problems, Stress and Nervousness”
The topic of selling Georgian lands to foreigners has become hot topic recently. The problem has many directions and contains many aspects. In many villages, local populations opposed foreign investors. One of most recent incidents occurred in Ditsi village, Gori district when it became police officers interfered into the controversy to calm people down.
2013-04-10Paata Zakareishvili: “Impartial Investigation into August Armed Conflict Will Build Trust of Abkhaz and Ossetian People to the New Government “
2013-04-10Statistics of Cases Finished with Agreements to Be Published on the Ministry’s Website in June
2013-04-10Viola Cramon: “The West Shall Convince Saakashvili that It Is Necessary to Stop Sabotage”
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