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Office of the United National Movement was raided in Gori
On June 26, the members of the Gori municipal organization of the United National Movement found their office raided. Nobody was in the office during the incident. UNM members stated that window-glasses were smashed, and equipment and technique were destroyed. 
From 2021 Commercial Political Advertisements May Be Banned
On May 27, 2020, on behalf of the Member of the Parliament Gia Zhorzholiani from the parliamentary fraction Alliance of Patriots the draft law was registered in the Parliament of Georgia, which aims to ban commercial political advertisements in Georgia from 2021. On June 1, 2020, the Legal Department of the Parliament’s office examined the bill and concluded it met the criteria to be initiated and debated in the parliament. 
Journalists request free access to the villages close to the occupation line
The villages located alongside the occupation line are still closed for the Georgian media. Journalists were deprived of the right to freely move and report from the villages for several months already. The police officers standing at the blockposts in the entrances to the villages ban the journalists to enter there. “Your visit must be agreed with the MIA,” they clarify to the journalists. 
Lost job because of civil activism
“Kareli municipality mayor Zaza Guliashvili called his patron Anzor Chubinidze, who is the head of the Special State Protection Service of Georgia, and asked to call the director of the Georgian Post to fire me,” Ani Baliashvili said.
Problems related with the occupation and silent government
As a result of the shifted occupation line, additional 15 hectares of the land was occupied in Takhtisdziri village in Kareli municipality.
Why the Gori Municipality City Hall purchased advertising monitors in the pre-election period
Gori municipality city hall paid 148 320 GEL to purchase and install two advertising monitors in the city center and in the theater square. Few months later, one of the monitors went out of order. On May 26, the Independence Day of Georgia, the information video-roll about the Independence Day was transmitted with some problems all day long and the citizens protested it. 
Citizens left without the government’s assistance
In Gori, Jaba Romelashvili, 29, tried to burn himself because, as he said, he could not find other solution. After being sacked from the working place, he was left without income and does not know whether he will be able to get the six-month state assistance. Jaba lives together with his mother and his salary was the only income for the family. They could not enjoy the benefits on the communal bills either and finally the family was left without electricity supply. 
Trolls and bots in the Georgian online space and their influence on the elections
The trolls and bots are spread in the Georgian online space as fast as the COVID-19 and harm the societies and the democratic process in the country as successfully as the infection. 
One more patient died as a result of restrictions fixed by the occupation regime
63-years-old Jumber Miladze is one of those deceased patients, who became victims of the restrictions established by the Tskhinvali de-facto government. The man had worsened his health conditions in the past months but the de-facto government of Tskhinvali region did not allow his relatives to take him to the Georgia-controlled territory to take medical treatment there.
How Kedeli neighborhood is vanishing around the Bodbe Monastery
On April 27, in the morning, he found walnut and fruit trees chopped down in his ancestral plot in Kedeli neighborhood. He demanded the workers, who continued chopping of the fruit-trees, to stop it. The Nun of the Bodbe Monastery, who was supervising the ongoing works, called police and demanded them “take him away from here.” The police warned Tamaz Gorelishvili they would arrest him unless he leaves the territory which belongs to the Patriarchate. The fruit-garden, which belonged to the three generations of the Gorelishvilis family, no longer exists. 
Threat of spread of COVID-19 in the occupied regions of Georgia
The occupied regions of Georgia are particularly unprepared for the spread of COVID-19. The situation in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region is particularly complicated because of poor healthcare system and closed crossing points with the rest of Georgia that limits access to healthcare services for locals. 
Human Rights Center continues monitoring of trials into 12 allegedly politically motivated cases
Human Rights Center continues monitoring of the trials in the common courts of Georgia. The cases with allegedly politically motivated charges are under particular focus of the organization. The ongoing project “Monitoring Public Events” also aims to observe protest demonstrations besides the trial monitoring. 
Prohibition of public transport movement created problems for the residents of the villages alongside the occupation line
The villages alongside the occupation line have been closed for the representatives of the media and nongovernmental organizations for the past few months. The Ministry of Internal Affairs made the decision after the Russian occupation forces started “borderization” nearby the Chorchana village alongside the occupation line. The MIA established restrictions not only in direction of Chorchana village but in direction to almost all villages in Shida Kartli region located nearby the occupation line. 
Regions met the state of emergency unprepared
On March 21, for the prevention of the spread of the COVID-19, President Salome Zurabishvili released a Decree based on which the state of emergency was announced in the entire territory of the country. Before making the decision, the head of the government – Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia stated that he did not see the need to announce the emergency situation in the country. 
Myths about COVID-19 in the Occupied Territories of Georgia
The resolution of the Government of Georgia on the Approval of the Planned Activities for the Prevention of the Spread of the COVID–19 in Georgia is executed in the territories occupied by Russia in accordance to the Law of Georgia on Occupied Territories.
Successfully litigated cases of Human Rights Center (November, December, January, February, 2019/2020)
The Strasburg Court Held the State of Georgia Responsible to Pay 25 000 EURO to the Applicant
Kaspi municipality mayor allegedly quitted the position under oppression
“I kept silence until today but everything has its limits. How do you dare and send flatters of unknown education and background to Kaspi municipality from outside; why do you spend the budget of Kaspi municipality residents on others, who come here from Tbilisi and Gori. You will not find any of them in Kaspi after the afternoon except the mayor, who is local. It is necessary to reach agreement with you even when appointing the cleaner. Is it your self-governance? Now, the position of the deputy mayor is vacant and do not dare to bring anybody from outside. Otherwise I promise you I will meet you personally and introduce myself. Then I will expel all of you from Saakadze square. If you want to please your relative, invite them to your homes!” 
OSCE/ODIHR opinion about the so-called German model of the parliamentary elections
OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) published its opinion about the so-called “German Election Model” on February 5. The choice of the electoral system is a sovereign decision of the state. 
Before the elections, 13 villages in Shida Kartli region received status of mountainous zone
Kere village in Gori municipality, which is located alongside the division line, is one of those 13 villages, whose inhabitants the local government promised to grant the status of the mountainous zone from January 1, 2020. Consequently, they will enjoy the benefits determined under the Law on Mountainous Zone of Georgia.
Election year and media
In 2020 Parliamentary Elections are scheduled in the country. The Georgian Dream, which rules the country for the second round, plans to take office after the third parliamentary elections too.
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