2017-02-23Tourism Development and Occupation
The Tourism Center at the Gori municipality administration had decided to participate in the international tourism exhibition-market in Moscow but after the information was spread in social networks, part of the society protested the decision of the tourism center.
2017-02-18Public Defender Evaluated the Situation in the Field of Tobacco Control
“In accordance to the Ordinance # 196 of the Government of Georgia, dated July 30, 2013, based on the data of the World Health Organization, from 9 000 to 11 000 people die annually in Georgia due to active or passive cigarette smoking, of whom 3 000 are victims of secondhand smoke,” reads the special report of the Public Defender of Georgia, which was presented on February 15 in the hotel Courtyard Marriot.
2017-02-16Street Trading Was Prohibited on the Ruisi-Urbnisi Highway
Part of the traders trading on the Ruisi-Urbnisi distance of the Tbilisi-Senaki-Leselidze Highway rejected the proposal of the Kareli municipal administration. The senior officials of the local self-government offered them to continue training in the trading center constructed by the Company ATU, which belongs to Bidzina Ivanishvili. The latter assigned the semi-open training center to the Kareli municipal administration as a present.
2017-02-16IDPs from Berbuki Settlement
White (9-years-old) cottages, school, kindergarten, which is only 2-years-old, destroyed roads are in the Berbuki IDP settlement where hundreds of IDP families have been living for 9 years already; they are waiting for the answer to the question – who is guilty in the war crimes committed during the 2008 August War. Before the International Criminal Court (ICC) answers their main question, the IDPs recall the days of the August, 2008 with humanrights.ge. It is very hard for them to recall those days though cannot forget either.
2017-02-10Participant of Peaceful Demonstration Requests 30 000 GEL from the Ministry of Internal Affairs
On February 8, Human Rights Center held a press-conference in the press-club of the Prime Time. Representatives of the organization and the victim person spoke about the appeal against the MIA, which was lodged to the Tbilisi City Court.
2017-02-08“Fresh Air for Children” – Protest Rally in Kaspi
“Restore our right to breath”, “Our streets without cement-transporting trucks”, “government shall support people,” “fresh air for children” – with these slogans, on February 5, protest demonstration was carried out in Parnavaz King Street in Kaspi.
2017-02-05Transportation Fee on Public Transport Increased in Gori
The Private Taxi Companies in Gori increased fees on transportation service. Transportation tariff was increased from 1 GEL to 1,5 GEL. The companies connect it with increased price on fuel, which was caused by increased excise payment on oil products based on the decision of the Government of Georgia.
2017-02-05Kakha Samkharadze Became Shida Kartli Regional Governor
Based on the decision of the Prime-Minister of Georgia Kakha Samkharadze was appointed to the position of the Shida Kartli regional governor. On February 3, Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure Zurab Alavidze presented the new governor to the employees of the Shida Kartli regional administration and senior officials of the local self-governments of the region.
2017-01-31Sozar Subari Presented the New State Policy to IDPs
On January 39, the Minister for IDPs from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia Sozar Subari visited the IDP settlements in Turbaza and in the Hotel Kartli in Gori. He said, in June 2017, majority of IDPs will receive flats. Sozar Subari met those IDPs, who will receive flats in the residential buildings, which are constructed in Kombinati and Tsmindatskali settlements in Gori. They were displaced from Tskhinvali during 1990s armed conflicts.
2017-01-30Margvelashvili Pardons MoD Officials Convicted in „Cable Case“
President Giorgi Margvelashvili pardoned on January 27 five former MoD officials convicted for exceeding official powers in the so called „cable case“.
2017-01-30Police Arrests Three for Beating and Threatening Journalist
The Georgian chief prosecutor’s office arrested three persons for beating and threatening Giorgi Gasviani, a journalist and a talk show host at Tbilisi-based Iberia TV, who accused the men of physical assault on December 19.
2017-01-30CEC Summarized 2016 Parliamentary Elections
On January 24, 2017, the Georgian Central Election Commission published the final report on the 2016 Parliamentary Elections. According to the report, the election day was conducted mostly in peaceful environment and voters were free to demonstrate their wills. “However, in the vicinities and nearby territories of several polling stations, we observed some controversies between citizens. Nevertheless, except several cases, the voters were free to demonstrate their will.”
2017-01-30Idea about the Two-Chamber Parliament Contradicts the Constitution of Georgia
“Fulfill your pre-election promise and do not consider removal of the parliament from Kutaisi to Tbilisi. Leave the legislative body in the parliamentary city, which restored its essential function after the parliament was moved there several years ago; in fact, it was revitalized. Do not kill Kutaisi, which is as important city as Tbilisi,” local representatives of the civil society organizations, as well as big part of the city population, reacted to the intention to move the parliament from Kutaisi back to the capital.
2017-01-26Regional Department of the Ministry of IDPs and Accommodation Was Abolished
On January 1, 2017, based on the resolution of the Minister of IDPs from the Occupied Territories, Refugees and Accommodation Sozar Subari, the departments of the Ministry were abolished in Shida Kartli and Samtskhe-Javakheti regions. Three out of seven employees in Shida Kartli regional department were dismissed; two-month contracts were signed with the rest four. One of the four employees is Tsaro Jazakhashvili, who was deputy head of the department and now is specialist, who supervises the flat-distribution process to IDPs in Gori.
2017-01-26Usury – main income of the Gurjaani municipality single mandate MP Davit Sungulashvili
Majoritarian MP from the Gurjaani municipality Davit Songulashvili gave a loan of 201 300 USD and 641 890 Euro in 2016 and received interest of over 122 000 GEL. Also, on July 6, 2016, he purchased a flat in Tbilisi for 400 000 GEL and a holiday home in Kojori for 120 000 GEL.
2017-01-25Dispute between the Kutaisi City Hall and Individual Entrepreneur Will Continue in the Court
Although the new year holidays have finished long ago, the Kutaisi streets are still decorated for new year celebration. Namely, the so-called “figural lights” are still in the streets and nobody knows when they will be dismantled. The reason of the delayed process is sanctioned individual entrepreneur, who won the bid competition to decorate the city for the New Year Holidays in December last year.
2017-01-25Victims are not aware of the commenced investigation in the 2008 August War
International Criminal Court is investigating the alleged war crimes committed during the 2008 August War in Georgia. Human Rights Center sent communication on 193 victims to the ICC. The ICC works based on the Rome Statute and is the first international permanently functioning criminal court, which was established to fight against impunity on grave crimes.
2017-01-14Prisoners Report that Restrictions on Phone Calls Were Cancelled
Inmates of several penitentiary establishments reported Human Rights Center that from January 2017, the prison administrations canceled the restrictions on the phone calls both in high-risk and low-risk facilities. The convicts say the decision was made after Human Rights Center disseminated statement about the problem.
2017-01-12“They abandoned almost constructed building”
In Rustavi, semi-constructed building is located on the land with the space of 8-hectares, which was assigned to the Football Federation in January, 2015. That time Minister of Economics and Sustainable Development Giorgi Kvirikashvili presented the new initiative to the media. “The state-owned land will be assigned to the Football Federation and modern football academy will be constructed in Rustavi.”
2017-01-12Several members of the UNM removed from the list of the political party
On January 6, executive secretary of the United National Movement Sergo Ratiani petitioned to the Central Election Commission to remove some of their party-members from the list. Namely, Sergo Ratiani requested removal of: Nino Kalandadze, Eka Kherkheulidze, Petre Tsiskarishvili, Levan Bezhashvili, Dato Kirkitadze, Nugzar Tsiklauri, Omar Megrelidze and Irakli Nadiradze. The executive secretary clarified the decision with the recent situation in the political party.
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