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2008-06-19
One Week Turnaround for Replies
“I appealed to the City Hall regarding the registration of land on January 18 2008. I provided all documents that they requested and told me to come back within a month. I visited the City Hall on February 18 and I was told to come again in a month. On March 18 they told me this time to come back in two weeks. Next time the term was one month and half. Since that time I visit them every second day. I complained with one of the employees of the City Hall about the situation and who replied that I had to wait for yet another three months.”

2008-06-18
“My Final Hope Is Strasbourg Court” Bath House Battles Ministry of Defense
Kukuri Iremadze, former lease-holder of the Batumi Central bath-house, has to receive money from the Defense Ministry and a former state owned company “Adjarkopservisi”. Although the court made the decision five years ago, Iremadze has not been paid yet.  

2008-06-18
People Urgently Need Bridge in Shuagele
Nearly twenty families in the village of Shuagele in Kobuleti district are split-off from the rest of the village because there is no of bridge to get across the river. The people had constructed a bridge on their own but during heavy rains the river washed the bridge away. Not the previous or current government has managed to resolve the problem facing the villagers.

2008-06-17
Reverend Andria Advises the Government to Install Filters on the Kaspitsementi Ovens
Members of European Regional Assembly visiting Shida Kartli expressed their concern over the dust produced by Kaspitsementi, cement factory in their interview with the Human Rights Centre. In the evening of June 15, 2008 the European guests were invited to village Teliani (Karaghaji), Kaspi District to see traditional Georgian wrestling. The village Teliani is situated rather high elevation. The guests saw how the dust from Kaspitsementi was powdering the Shida Kartli valley and it was an environmental hazard.

2008-06-16
Lecturers Fired from Telavi University as Political Payback
On the next day of the Parliamentary Elections on 21 May 2008 lecturers supporting the opposition parties were fired from the Telavi University. Hamlet Razmadze, the head of the University Administration, stated that Neli Tskitishvili, associated professor and head of the Rector’s Office, Archil Jorjadze, and the coordinator of the Legal Faculty resigned at their own initiative.

2008-06-16
Fired Georgia Teachers and Political Repression over Parliamentary Elections
Teachers reported the case of  director of a Public School who continues to insults those whom she considered to have supported opposition parties in the recent parliamentary elections; and if any on them would even dare to stand up to the recriminations, she merely spits on them. And if that is not bad enough, she then questions their state of mental health, requiring them to provide proof from a mental hospital that they are fit to perform their duties in the classroom.

2008-06-13
Nobody Cares about Employees’ Rights in Georgia
The State Protects Employers

Georgia has ratified various international conventions for protecting labor rights. However, the rights of employees continue to be violated in Georgia. Experts consider that in the past the state protected employers in secret but now the interests of employers are openly preserved.

2008-06-12
Kutaisi-2nd Georgian Capital
During pre-election campaign the Georgian president stated Kutaisi will be the second capital when he was visiting the city. He also made many other promises to local; he claimed that Kutaisi will gain back its old beauty; many institutions will be opened where a lot of people will be employed, etc. Mikheil Saakshvili, in order to make his promises more convincing, directly stated three center-based agencies will be transferred to Kutaisi, and that is just for the beginning.

2008-06-12
Wretched Poverty and Getting Worst
Increased price on petrol will cause a rise in consumer prices

The minimal salary in the country is 115 GEL. One sack of wheat flour now costs 55 GEL and price on food products and petrol are increasing on a daily basis.

“When a shop-assistant requested 70 tetril for a small loaf of bread I nearly went crazy. I have a large family and we need at least four loaves of bread each day. And we cannot eat only bread,” said Leila Kapanadze, a resident of Akhaltsikhe.

2008-06-10
History of Arrears
“I am not requesting anything special. I just want them to pay our arrears and treat us as human beings. It is shameful to beg for our salaries for such a long time in the country, and at a time when the government is making claims each and every day that unemployment crisis will be eradicated and new jobs will be created. It is unfair, nothing more,” explained Naili Khvadagiani.

2008-06-10
Worked-over: Mamuka Kvaratskhelia - Did Political Views Gets Him Beaten?
Mamuka Kvaratskhelia, UEFA In spite of the fact that those who carried out the assault were demanding money, Mamuka Kvaratskhelia is almost certain sure that he was beaten for attending the May 26 demonstration.

2008-06-09
Socially Excluded Seek to Escape Poverty, “One Fine Day”
The number of people living below the official poverty level has dramatically taken an increase in the same country where the government claims to have unleashed a never-ending war against poverty. Many promises have been made but again people have been deceived (especially in light of the many pre-election promises that the National party made to get votes). Jobs were promised as well as finding solution for many other pressing social problems.

2008-06-06
Deconstructed in Secret, “Old Tbilisi”
Although Georgian Ministry of Culture and Old Tbilisi State administration protested, Tbilisi City Hall passed legislation that gives permission for the demolishment of the building in Old Tbilisi. Is it necessary to tear down the building on the corner of Tabidze and Leonidze Street, at such time as if the City Hall “ordered” to destroy the house? Why certain people do not want Old Tbilisi to be inserted on the UNESCO Heritage List?

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