2015-02-27Angry Victim at Rasul Jafarov’s Trial
On February 24, discussion of the criminal case against Rasul Jafarov, founder of the Human Rights Club, was renewed in the Baku Court on Grave Crimes. The Azerbaijan human rights defender, which was declared prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International, was brought to the court with handcuffs, just like detainees accused of grave crimes.
2015-02-26Public Defender Requests Investigation into a Fact of Illegal Detention of Citizens
On February 23, 2015, the Public Defender addressed Chief Prosecutor of Georgia with a proposal to start investigation into a fact of illegal detention of three Bulgarian citizens.
2015-02-26Candidate for the Kutaisi City Mayor’s Position Blamed in Financial Machinations
Chairwoman of the Georgian Women’s Party for Justice and Equality Khatuna Matchavariani, who participated in the local self-governmental elections of June 15, 2014 for the position of the Kutaisi city mayor, is blamed in the financial machinations by her party members; they request to impose criminal liability on her. The party members claim Matchavariani falsified signatures on the salary documents and misappropriated their funds.
2015-02-26Karaleti IDP Settlement Will Receive Status of Territorial Entity
There are 480 cottages and 1700 residents in Karaleti IDP settlement. After the IDPs had the spaces registered, the numeration of the cottages changed but they have old numbers in the data base of the Subsidy Agency.
2015-02-25Investigation started into physical controversy between Gori city council member and citizen
On February 23, an incident occurred between the city council member Ioseb Palelashvili and Beka Batitadze, son of the Ditsi village former attorney Zakaria Batitadze in the office of the Shida Kartli regional administration. It’s unknown what Ioseb Palelashvili and Beka Batitadze were doing at night in the administration building.
2015-02-24Round Table about Alleged Violation of the Freedom of Religion
On December 15, Human Rights Center organized a round table in the frame of the project “Promoting Freedom of Religion in Georgia.” The project is implemented with financial support of the Canadian Embassy.
2015-02-24Persecution on political ground continuous
Politically motivated persecution in Sighnaghi district pre-school education institution continues. In 2013, after the director of the institution Nato Usenashvili was sacked, the new director persecutes chief specialist Natia Asanishvili because of her friendship with the previous director.
2015-02-23At the 6th Annual Assembly of the National Platform chairman and group coordinators were elected
On February 11, 2015 the sixth annual meeting of the Georgian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum was held. 87 member organizations participated in it.
2015-02-23Presumable Discrimination Facts in the Planning of Hope Festival
Festival of Hope was scheduled in the Sport Palace of Tbilisi on June 6-8, 2014. However, the palace administration refused the organizers to hold the festival because of the fire that broke out in the building several days before the event. The organizers faced problems in the advertisement campaign too. Considering the fact that everything was planned and international organizations also participated in it, the festival did take place in Tbilisi but in a less scope.
2015-02-23Relatives of Levan Kortava held rally in front of the Parliament
On February 18, relatives and lawyers of the deceased prisoner Levan Kortava, inmate in the Geguti # 14, gathered in front of the parliament. They requested meeting with the chairman of the Healthcare and Social Issues Parliamentary Committee Dimitry Khundadze with the request to restore justice.
2015-02-23Political Vendetta against Azerbaijan Human Rights Defenders
Dozens of journalists, civil activists and CSO leaders have been arrested in Azerbaijan the past few years. All of them openly criticized the Government of Azerbaijan.
2015-02-19Human Rights Center Starting Monitoring Female and Juvenile Prison Facilities
Human Rights Center is starting project - Monitoring Conditions of Juvenile and Female Prisoners in Georgian Penitentiary. Project covers period from February 2015 till August 2015. The project aims to reveal problems existing in prisons for female and juvenile convicts and promoting improvement of imprisonment conditions.
2015-02-17Vazisubani Village Population Requests Sold Pastures Back
Ltd Vazisubani Mamuli purchased the former palace of the Romanovs in Vazisubani village, Gurjaani district. The state sold the pastures around the former palace together with the building. Local population protests this fact and claims the pastures belonged to people and the state sold them without any warning and auction.
2015-02-17President Names Supreme Court Chair Candidate
President Giorgi Margvelashvili named former judge of Supreme Court, Nino Gvenetadze, as a candidate for the post of Supreme Court chairperson to replace Kote Kublashvili, whose ten-year term in office expires this month.
2015-02-17Inmates of Batumi Prison # 3 Speak About Grave Conditions in the Facility
Inattention from medical personnel, lack of medicines, unhealthy food, ventilation and water system problem, aggressive and provocative prison personnel – it is list of the problems in the Batumi Prison # 3 and inmates request to address them.
2015-02-13Problem of Life-Sentenced Convicts Connected with Court Judgments
Life-sentenced convicts from Prison # 8 sent letter to Human Rights Center. According to their statement, part of life-sentenced prisoners started hunger-strike on January 26, 2015. They request to enforce the 28.12.2012 Amnesty Law and eliminate the discrimination against them.
2015-02-12The problem of hate speech in Georgian media – Training by Human Rights Centre
On February 7, Human Rights Center organized one-day training about hate speech in its Gurjaani office. The training was organized in the frame of Human Rights Centre’s project Promoting Freedom of Religion in Georgia. The project is implemented with financial support of the Canadian Embassy in Turkey.
2015-02-1228, Including Two MPs, Seek Supreme Court Chairmanship
Twenty eight nominations have been offered to President Giorgi Margvelashvili for the post of Supreme Court chairperson.
2015-02-12Kutaisi Mayor about Campaign Plotted against Him
“Smear campaign has started against me. People wish to discredit Kutaisi mayor and the City Hall before society; they do their best to achieve this goal. The campaign is plotted for our discrimination,” Kutaisi Mayor Shota Murgulia said at the special briefing on February 11.
2015-02-12Accusation without Evidence
Azerbaijan Court started the substantial hearing of Rasul Jafarov’s case, a famous Azerbaijan human rights defender. On February 10, the accused person and three victims were questioned at the trial in the Baku Court on Grave Crimes. However, many questions remained unclear after the process. It is noteworthy that there were no links between the case materials and victim testimonies. The character of Azerbaijan court hearings is also very significant.
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