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2009-10-30
Teachers and Doctors Shall Take Abkhazian Passports Before De-facto Presidential Elections
De-facto government of Abkhazia ordered teachers and doctors working in the occupied Gali district to take Abkhazian passports. Teacher of the secondary school in the village of Tagiloni in Gali district reported to the Human Rights Center about it. According to her, teachers shall take passports before November. Meanwhile they have to prepare other documents. The price for the passport is 300 rubles (approximately 7 Euros). Besides that, teachers shall pay additional 150 rubles to the Notary.

2009-10-30
Will Tagliavini Report Lead Us to Hague Court?
Everybody expected the Heidi Tagliavini report to encourage opposition parties to start new protest rallies in Georgia; however, it did not happen. Every opposition party used the report to criticize the government of Georgia and they requested snap presidential elections several times; nevertheless, even the most radical opposition parties did not or could not use the report for launching new wave of protest rallies.

2009-10-30
Tagliavini Commission Report Awakens an Extinct Protest Volcano in Georgia
The name of the Swiss diplomat Heidi Tagliavini may soon be used as a flagship for a new protest movement in Georgia. The implacable Georgian opposition, who previously ran three-month long protest rallies which commenced in April, have reiterated their calls for pre-term elections in the country (www.civil.ge, October 2). Nino Burjanadze, the former parliamentary speaker and leader of the Democratic Movement-United Georgia party asserted that President Mikheil Saakashvili should be held responsible for his policies and has attempted to rally opposition parties to consider how “to set Georgia free of Saakashvili’s regime, so that the people can elect a truly national, accountable and state-minded leadership” (Interpress News, October 2).

2009-10-30
Russian Soldiers Will Open Prison in School Building
Russian soldiers decided to open pretrial detention setting in the school building of the village of Lekukhona in Gali district.

2009-10-29
“Kakheti Energy Distribution Company” Robs Subscribers
Kakheti population blames the Energy Distribution Company in robbery. The company, based ono the resolution of the National Energy Regulatory Commission of Georgia, demands subscribers to pay bills according to communal meters. Ten thousands of subscribers have to pay extra 5, 10 GEL every month. Short time ago, the Minister of Penitentiary, Probation and Legal Aid Dimitry Shashkin assessed the activities of the Energy Distribution Company as “working according to the principles of Chingis Khan.” President Saakashvili also criticized working by communal meters several times but the situation has not changed yet. The subscribers who pay extra money for the communal meters are not supplied with electricity yet.

2009-10-28
Do Russian Soldiers Also Participate in Pre-election Campaign of Abkhazia?
Controversial news are spread about introduction of additional Russian military forces in Gali district.

Russian armed forces introduced additional forces in Gali district on October 27. Giorgi Baramia the head of the legitimate government of Abkhazia stated at the special briefing on October 28.

2009-10-28
Garages Are Destroyed
Residents of Javakhishvili Street in Batumi applied to the Human Rights Centre for help. Supervision Department Batumi City Hall has destroyed their garages.

2009-10-28
Only 60 770 900 GEL Was Spent on IDPs from Allocated 176 646 450 GEL
The Georgian Young Lawyers Association (GYLA) published preliminary report of the monitoring they carried out to assess the construction activities of shelters for the IDPs. The report states that only 60 770 900 GEL was spent from the allocated 176 646 450 GEL on the IDPs. As a result of the monitoring lawyers exposed several facts of inefficient activities and unreasonable expenditure of state funds.

2009-10-27
Mortal Prisoners Were Sent to Prison for 7 and 11 Years
The scandalous trial at Kutaisi Prison N 2 where the judge had to announce the final verdict on the hunger-striker prisoners ended in noise and astonishment. The justice sent accused Giorgi Zirakadze and Giorgi Gorgodze to prison for seven and eleven years relatively. The court decided to hold the trial in Kutaisi prison after the prisoners could not go to the court as they felt weak because of hunger-strike.

2009-10-27
What Did Shida Kartli Vice-Regional Governor Choose from Kibar Khalvashi’s Property?
The Human Rights Center found out what Shida Kartli vice-regional governor Zurab Chincilakashvili chose from the former property of businessman Kibari Khalvashi in the companies “Priza” and “Arti”. On the photo Chinchilakashvili is sitting with Alika Makrakhidze, director of the local company “Arkstudio 2000” in the jeep which belonged to the wife of Kibar Khalvashi as relatives of the businessman alleged.

2009-10-27
Who Has An Interest In Discrediting Georgia's Patriarch?
Video footage posted last week on Georgian websites and on YouTube showing Georgian Patriarch Ilia II with a voiceover of insulting comments about Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has triggered a storm of criticism from the Georgian authorities, opposition parties, and the Georgian Orthodox Church.
2009-10-26
Purposeful Action against Patriarch or Harmless Joke
Politics in religion and religion in politics

The video-recordings insulting Catholic-Patriarch of Georgia Ilia II caused serious discontent in Georgian society. It was natural because Georgian society is oriented on traditional faith...the point is how right is the orientation. Many people expressed their opinions about this controversy which demonstrated that the issue is more resonant for the society than any political process or report (including the report of Tagliavini Mission and subsequent processes).

2009-10-26
Children Awaiting Assistance
About 400 Children in Ozurgeti Live in Extreme Impoverishment

Three-year-old Kakha lives in the large family; he has two sisters and one younger brother Data. The little boys have health problems; they are disabled.

 

2009-10-23
EDITORIAL: Bulldogging Georgia
By THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The Obama administration's "reset" of relations with Moscow has caused understandable nervousness in countries on Russia's periphery. Not helping matters much is Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who called the collapse of the Soviet Union "the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the [20th] century." Among states that won their freedom after the Soviet collapse, there is justifiable concern that they might be subjects of the Evil Empire again one day.

2009-10-23
Negative Results of Optimization Process in Schools
The policy of optimization of public schools in Georgia implemented by the Ministry of Education in 2005 left many villages without public schools and many pupils without education.

2009-10-22
Beyond Poverty Level and In the Street
Alternative Space without Windows and Door Instead the Accommodation for an IDP

An IDP from Abkhazia Mediko Jikia who lives beyond poverty level has been living in the street with her three little grandchildren for over one week. In 2006 she purchased two rooms from an IDP in the building of Abkhazian Court in Kalaubani Street N 6, in Varketili settlement. She created minimal living conditions in the accommodation. The Ministry of Refugees and Accommodation registered her in that address in November of 2007. One year later the accommodation was registered on her. However, the registration happened only after the space was sold to the group of lawyers. One of those lawyers was Davit Jabidze, former governor of Isani-Samgori district in Tbilisi. The group demanded the IDPs to leave the accommodation and evicted them under force.

2009-10-22
Reformed Georgian Judiciary – Beyond the Façade
“Justice has left the repaired court rooms”

On October 16 the South Caucasus Network of Human Rights Defenders [the “Network”] held a public discussion: “Reformed Georgian Judiciary – beyond the Façade “

2009-10-21
Journalists Gathered to Protect Freedom of Expression
Today, Regional Media Association and network of journalists organized a protest rally in front of the parliament of Georgia. The journalists working in the regions of Georgia arrived in Tbilisi to support Adjara based independent TV Company “TV-25”.

2009-10-21
Batumi City Hall Fined A Citizen for Reconstructing Her House
Family residing in Saiatnova Street N 4 in Batumi was fined with 4 000 GEL by the supervision office of the City Hall; the family reconstructed the house inside

2009-10-21
Public Defender Denied Information about Physical Assault of Prisoners
It was reported that prisoners, brought from Rustavi Prison to Kutaisi Prison N 2, were beaten during transportation; consequently Public Defender of Georgia Giorgi Tughushi visited prisoners in Kutaisi prison and denied the information about their beating. Despite official statement of the public defender, the relatives of the prisoners still worry.

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