2015-03-31Homeless Families in Dedoplistskaro Request Compensation
Tamila Gurashvili has been homeless for three years; she lives in the former building of the military base in Leselidze Street in Dedoplistskaro. Currently, she lives in unbearable conditions together with her mother and child. Tamila had to leave her house in 2012; she had lived there for 20 years.
2015-03-30Round Table – Ecological Problems in Tchiatura
On March 26, Human Rights House Tbilisi organized round table to discuss ecological problems in Tchiatura. Participants discussed environment pollution caused by the manganese obtaining and processing in Tchiatura by the company Georgian Manganese. Representatives of the nongovernmental organizations and state institutions participated in the discussion. Round table – Ecological Problems in Tchiatura was opened with the screening of the documentary film Grey Tchiatura prepared by the Media Institute.
2015-03-30Gurjaani District Court Sentenced Vaja Utiashvili to Three-Year Imprisonment
On March 24, Gurjaani district court sentenced Vaja Utiashvili, resident of Gurjaani, to three-year imprisonment. Lawyer of Kakheti office of Human Rights Center Lia Khuroshvili defends rights of the convicted person. Khuroshvili said Vaja Utiashvili is innocent; the judgment is unfair and she will appeal it at the Appeal Court.
2015-03-30Convicted Giorgi Marsagishvili Urges for Help
On March 23, 2015 convicted Giorgi Marsagishvili from Batumi prison # 3 sent letter to Human Rights Center. The prisoner wrote about extremely unbearable conditions in the penitentiary establishment. According to his letter, life-threatening conditions are purposefully created in the punishment rooms. Giorgi Marsagishvili names concrete people and requests their punishment because they inhumanly treat prisoners.
2015-03-27Controversy in Kutaisi Opera Theatre
Argument between the employees of the Kutaisi Balanchivadze Opera and Ballet State Theatre turned into conflict. The reason of the disagreement was position of the art director, which became vacant after director Gogi Tchitchinadze left.
2015-03-25Juveniles in Jails
According to the data by December, 2014 there are 83 juvenile convicts/accused in the penitentiary establishments of Georgia that is 0.8% of the total amount of convicts in Georgia. According to the December, 2014 data, there are 36 accused and 47 convicted juveniles in Georgia; all of them are boys.
2015-03-25Lacking adequate housing
In accordance to the special report of Public Defender of Georgia, Right to Adequate Housing, 9 805 families have willfully occupied 401 buildings in Tbilisi. Among them, 4 170 families have already legalized their flats, 5 635 families continue living in the buildings without any legal grounds. The majority of the citizens willfully living in these flats are socially vulnerable people.
2015-03-23After Jehovah Witness Was Acquitted Prosecutor’s Office Started Obscure Investigation
“In response to your letter sent to the Chief Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia on February 26, 2015, where you inquired about the physical and verbal assault of Gela and Lela Shvelidzes in the town of Aspindza, we would like to notify that the Aspindza district office of the MIA started investigation into the aforementioned facts under Article 125 Part 1 of the Criminal Code of Georgia”
2015-03-20Conditions of Female Convicts in Georgia
According to the December, 2014 data of the Ministry of Corrections of Georgia, 10 372 convicts were in the penitentiary establishments in Georgia; 10 091 of them were men and 281 – women.
2015-03-19Organizations Working on Harm Reduction Call on the Government to Be More Active
International organization Global Fund, which funds Harm Reduction Programs in Georgia, will significantly reduces funding for 2015. From 2018 they will most probably leave the country.
2015-03-17'We want a voice': women fight for their rights in the former USSR
Women had stood shoulder to shoulder with men in the Russian Revolution of 1917, according to its leader Vladimir Lenin, and were said to be at the vanguard of the drive to build an equal society in the world’s first communist state; the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR).
2015-03-12Noise in the court hearing of Intigam Aiyev’s case
The Baku Court on Grave Crimes has been discussing the cases of the arrested human rights defenders for two months already. On March 10, the Court continued discussion into the case of Intigam Aliyev, Azerbaijan human rights defender, who was arrested on August 8, 2014. The main part of the hearing was spent on the discussion of solicitations from the defense side. Interrogation of the witness caused conflict in the courtroom for what the judge postponed the process.
2015-03-11Resident of Variani village speaks about abuse of power by police officers
On March 9, at about 22:00 officers of Variani village police unit of MIA arrived at the Zubashvilis’ family in Variani village and asked Genadi Zubashvili to accompany them to the police station.
2015-03-11Repatriated Meskhs Have Residence Problems
In the conference hall of Human Rights House Tbilisi, representatives of Human Rights House Tbilisi and Samtskhe-Javakheti regional association Tolerant held press-conference about the residential problems of the repatriated Meskhs.
2015-03-10Meeting with the Candidate for the Position of the Supreme Court Chairperson of Georgia at the TSU
On March 12, the initiative group is organizing meeting with Nino Gvenetadze, the candidate for the position of the Supreme Court Chairperson.
2015-03-10Human Rights Center presented the report on freedom of religion
On March 6, Human Rights Center presented the report of the project “Promoting Freedom of Religion in Georgia." Representatives of local and international non-governmental organizations, diplomatic corps accredited in Georgia and representatives of the media attended the presentation. In the frame of the project the human right defenders studied the issues of religious minority groups in different regions.
2015-03-1014 Questioned and No Accusation
Baku Court continued substantial hearing of Rasul Jafarov’s case, famous Azerbaijan human rights defender. The regular trial into his case was held on March 5. The more people are questioned about the accusation imposed by the prosecutor’s office on him, the more questions emerge.
2015-03-05Former prisoners have unemployment problem
Overall amnesty in January 2013 affected about 17 000 prisoners. As a result of large-scaled amnesty 8 212 prisoners left the prison that means number of unemployed people in Georgia increased with the new wave of former prisoners.
2015-03-05Two-year-long unsuccessful protest of the ongoing construction
On April 25, 2013 the supervision service at the Tbilisi City Hall issued permission on the construction of the multifunctional building in Asatiani Street 10 (plot. 14/012) that caused discontent among the people living in the vicinities of the construction. More than 200 conifers were cut to start the construction in the area. Ltd BD Property supervises the construction activities.
2015-03-02Gurjaani population is discontent about the increased prices on food products
The GEL fall had impact on the price of food products. The price of bread and cereals has significantly risen. As we were told in one of the groceries, the price on cereals has increased from 20 to 50 tetri. The cost of flour also raised and it caused discontent of rural population.
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