2014-11-21Human Rights Center is starting new project Promoting Freedom of Religion in Georgia by the financial support of Embassy of Canada in Turkey.
Human Rights Center is starting new project Promoting Freedom of Religion in Georgia by the financial support of Embassy of Canada in Turkey. Within the project framework, lawyers of Human Rights Center will provide legal assistance regarding the facts of restriction of religious freedom and will monitor the actions of law-enforcement in terms of compliance with the international human rights principles and Georgian legislation when it comes to ensuring freedom of religion.
2014-11-21Tolerance and Fears of Religious Majority
How much tolerant we are and whether Georgian state equally guarantees protection of the right to faith and freedom of religion for everybody? How people are protected from the discrimination according to their ethnicity, race, skin color, sexual orientation? How are women protected from violence, people with disabilities from degrading treatment?
2014-11-20Bakurtsikhe Village Population Requests Dismissal of Their Neighbor from Mental Hospital
Resident of Bakurtsikhe village in Gurjaani district Teimuraz Samadashvili, 45, is taking compulsory psychiatric treatment instead “punishment” in Khoni district Psychic Health National Center after Academician B. Naneishvili. His relatives and neighbors clarified that his friend Amiran Sachechelashvili took Samadashvili to load scrap-iron on the truck in the yard of vocational college. Police arrested both of them for thievery.
2014-11-19Bonuses to Issue Seven Times in Local Self-Governmental Bodies – Noisy Session of the City Council
On November 19, City Council passed the resolution on the amount of bonuses to be issued in Gori Municipality with ten votes v five.
2014-11-18Round table about prisoners and former prisoners
On November 12, Human Rights House Tbilisi and Georgian Center for Psycho-Social and Medical Rehabilitation of Torture Victims [GCRT] organized a round table about the situation of current and former prisoners in Georgia.
2014-11-18Bones of Lost old Man Were Found in Vazisubani
Bones of 79-year-old lost Anzor Garibashvili were found in Vazisubani village, Gurjaani municipality. Supposedly wild animal ate the old man.
2014-11-13Controversy in Akhmeta- 1 wounded, 2 injured people
In the evening of November 9, Vano Davitashvili was wounded as a result of the controversy between Georgian and ethnic Kist people in Akhmeta. He was urgently operated on. Injured during the incident Nodar Chichiashvili and Jokhola Achishvili are also in hospital.
2014-11-13Controversy in the village Mokhe
There is a conflict between Muslim and Orthodox Georgians in the village Mokhe in Adigeni district. The reason for the conflict is a half-ruined building, where the local administration planned to open a library. Muslims claimed it was a mosque in the past, and that if a library starts functioning there it will insult their religious feelings. The building was being reconstructed at the same time as a protest rally of the local population was finding place, which finally resulted in the police arresting several protesters.
2014-11-12Survey on Torture and Inhuman Treatment in Penitentiary Establishments
In the first quarter of 2014 Institute of Social Studies and Analysis conducted a survey in the penitentiary establishments of Georgia under the order of Open Society Georgia Foundation; the purpose was to conduct large-scaled qualitative survey of torture and inhuman treatment practice in Georgian prisons in the period of 2003-2012.
2014-11-12Protest Rally at Gori Prosecutor’s Office
Family members and relatives of Giga Zarkhozashvili, detained during the incident near Gori Justice House held protest rally in front of the Gori Prosecutor’s Office on November 11; they protested dragged out court hearing of the case, which was launched under Article 553 of the Criminal Code of Georgia – resistance to police officers.
2014-11-11Investigation into rape case dragged out
Nata is 24 years old. She spent summer holidays on the seaside in Kobuleti together with her friend. They met 28 years old G.M on the sea. Nata said when walking on the beach her dress got wet and she returned to the hotel alone to change cloths. (The girls lived in a hostel) G.M. chased her to the hostel and broke into her room; he tried to rape her.
2014-11-11“Everything is cut down! Forest has lost its nature! "
A lot of wood is cut and then exported abroad from the mountains of Akhalsopeli village in Khvareli municipality. Locals complained about it with Human Rights Centre. They protested the fact in 2010-2012 too. Local population did not know which company exported the wood.
2014-11-11“Initially they requested admission of murder, then planted drugs on him; now threaten to kill him”
The family of Levan Davitashvili, accused of killing “Starichoka” from Telavi, blames police officers in the violation of their rights. They claim 25 pills of Subotex were planted on the convict. As Davitashvili’s wife Ana Kizikhelashvili said after Levani’s arrest, local police persecutes their family and they urge for help.
2014-11-10Domestic violence increased in Georgia
According to official data from the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia [MIA], 77 incidents of physical and 122 incidents of psychological violence in families were observed from January to June 2014 in Georgia. About 30 women were killed as a result of domestic violence the last year.
2014-11-05Human Rights - Instrument for Rebuilding Trust and Mutual Cooperation
On October 29th, the public discussion – Human Rights - Instrument for Rebuilding Trust and Mutual Cooperation – was held in the conference hall of Human Rights House Tbilisi in the frameworks of the project financed by Norwegian Helsinki Committee – Coalition for Rebuilding Trust.
2014-11-03Population Requests Dismantling of Artificial Barriers on Roads
Artificial barriers, so called “bugaroks” have been installed on the roads in Gurjaani district for the past two years. They were installed mostly close to schools and kindergartens. Initially, population welcomed the initiative; it was requested by big part of population due to security means. However, now the claim their houses are damaged because of barriers and if it lasts longer, the houses will ruin.
2014-10-31Father of Killed Young Man Seeks Justice
On November 30, 2013, Giorgi Khvedelidze, 21, was killed in the yard of his own house in Khashuri. His father protests mitigation of the murderer’s imprisonment term with 2 years. City Court sentenced the convicted person to 10-year-imprisonment but the Appeal Court reduced it at two years; as a result the convict has to serve 8 years in prison.
2014-10-30City council members cannot agree on reimbursement issue
Gori City Council members still cannot agree on the reimbursement amount, necessary for the implementation of their duties. According to the deputy from United National Movement Mindia Goderdzilshvili, Georgian Dream member values freedom of deputies very low. Deputies from opposition parties complain about twice-rejected resolution by the majority members of the City Council; the resolution had to regulate reimbursement of the expenses for deputies.
2014-10-27Sozar Subari’s promise was not kept – IDPs wait for the winter with fear
Former building of the hospital in Gori was assigned to the Ministry of IDPs from Occupied Territories, Refugees and Accommodation for long term accommodation of IDPs in it. Based on the resolution # 320 of the Minister, those IDPs will move to the new building, who lived in horrible conditions in semi-ruined buildings.
2014-10-22Kutaisi Appeal Court Upheld Previous Verdict
Five-year-imprisonment to Ivane Merabishvili, 50 000 lari fine to Zurab Tchiaberashvili – Kutaisi Appeal Court upheld the February 17, 2014 verdict of the Kutaisi City Court. At the trial on October 21, where only former minister of healthcare Zurab Tchiaberashvili participated, the judge did not satisfy solicitations of the defense lawyer and the prosecutor.
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