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Implementation of the Constitutional Court's Decision was Flawed by the Common Courts
On 20 November 2015 the Public Defender held a roundtable discussion on the theme: implementation of the Constitutional Court's decision of 15 September 2015 in the case of “Giorgi Ugulava v. Parliament of Georgia” by the common courts. The event was attended by judges of common courts, members of the High Council of Justice and representatives of international and non-governmental organizations.
Gurjaani district population requests rehabilitation of the sport complex
Sport complex located in Vazisubani village, Gurjaani municipality has been in poor conditions for years. The two-storied building, which was used as a relax facility of sportsmen, is demolished. There is anti-sanitary in the yard of the sport complex.
1237 Amnestied Prisoners Returned back to Penitentiary Establishments
In 2012 Parliament of Georgia, after having overridden the president’s veto, passed the Law on Amnesty. Ministry of Internal Affairs and different fractions of the Parliament of Georgia did not support the amnesty law but with big effort of the parliamentary majority the law went in force.
After Visiting Georgia, CoE Human Rights Chief Says Further Efforts Needed in Justice Reform
Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, who visited Georgia on November 9-13, welcomed number of “positive achievements”, but also noted that further efforts are needed in justice system reform and in combating intolerance.
Unprecedented Case
On November 12, representatives of the Legal Aid Service of the Human Rights House Tbilisi met head of the State Legal Aid Service Meliton Benidze and lawyer Mukhran Ghurtskaia with regard to the physical assault of the lawyer Giorgi Mdinaradze from the State Legal Aid Service.
Dispute on Guardianship
Population of Kartubani village in Lagodekhi municipality requests defense of the brothers - Nikoloz and Davit Kapanadzes. The brothers are disabled persons and their parents died 8 years ago. The neighbors asked relative of the family Gia Mirianashvili to take care of the brothers; however, the relative misappropriated the property of the disabled persons.
Presentation of the Book “Trust and Peace Building in the South Caucasus”
On November 5, book Trust and peace Building in the South Caucasus was presented in the National Library of Georgia. The purpose of the book is to find resources for dialogue and cooperation and to contribute to starting a new phase in the history of the South Caucasus: the rebuilding of trust. The book comprises different views of the representatives of the South Caucasus countries and regions. 
13 Employees Dismissed from the Union of Gurjaani Libraries and Museums
Non-commercial legal entities Union of Museums and Union of Libraries united in Gurjaani municipality. A new non-commercial legal entity Union of Gurjaani Libraries and Museums was created whose director is neurologist Maya Beroshvili. The new director started reduction of personnel and dismissed 13 employees. Among them was director of the Union of Libraries Mzia Glurjidze.
Does the law protect consumers’ rights in Georgia?
Moldy bread, sour salads, outdated sausages, chocolates, yogurts – it is short list of products which are sold in the shops of Georgia every day. Consumers post information about outdated and bad products on the website momxmarebeli.ge (consumer.ge). The website administration responds to all updates and issues consultations. If it is required, the website administration can provide laboratory analysis too.
Former Head of Gori Culture Center Appealed to Public Defender
Former director of the Youth and Pupils Cultural-Education Center of the Gori City Hall Aleksandre Valiauri appealed to the Public Defender with regard to human rights violation. According to Valiauri, Shida Kartli Regional Governor Zurab Rusishvili oppressed the city mayor, who then signed the dismissal order on Valiauri.
Building Trust across Wire-Fences
„If we wait for the removal of these wire-fences to start dialogue between the peoples, we will lose much time. We must start actions immediately,” executive director of Human Rights Center Aleko Tskitishvili opened the meeting with these words on October 23 in Nikozi village, Gori municipality. The meeting was about Georgian-Ossetian and Georgian-Abkhazian dialogues. 

Population requests JSC Kakheti Energy Distribution Company to Follow Safety Norms
“Keep children away from the balcony,” Bela Gochinashvili, resident of Kakheti region, was warned in the office of the Georgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission (GNERC). On May 22, 2015 Gochinashvili addressed to the CNERC with the request to either rehabilitate high voltage electricity transition wire or remove it from the vicinities of her residential house.
Azerbaijan: Time for justice in the case against Leyla and Arif Yunus
Press Release - the Observatory
Geneva-Paris, October 16, 2015 – The appeal trial in the case against Ms. Leyla and Mr. Arif Yunus opened before the Baku Grave Crimes Court on October 12. On August 13, both had been convicted to 8.5 and 7 years jail sentences in a trial that grossly disregarded international standards of fair trial and due process. As the appeal trial is unfolding, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (OMCT-FIDH programme) calls for these outrageous sentences to be nullified.
Discrepancies in the Process of Appointing Judges Without Competition in August 2015
As the public is already well informed Georgian Legislation enshrines the possibility of appointing current judges at lower, higher or the same instance courts during their tenure period without competition. High Council of Justice (HCoJ) is the body having the discretionary power to transfer judges. According to the information received from the HCoJ in 2011 27 judges were appointed without competition throughout Georgia, in 2012-68 judges, in 2013-26 judges. Unfortunately we did not receive information on the number of judges appointed without competition during 2014.
Former Attorney of Mejvriskhevi Village Was Sentenced to 6 Year-Imprisonment
On October 15, at 11:00 am hearing of the case against former attorney of Mejvriskhevi village was scheduled at the Gori district court but Judge Shalva Kakauridze started the process one and half hour later. Former attorney Tariel Gurgenidze was sentenced to 6-year-imprisonment for accepting bribe. 
Will Prison #7 Be Closed?
Public Defender of Georgia published report on the visit in the Penitentiary Establishment # 7 on June 19, 2015 and considering the report results he recommended to close the facility. The report of the monitoring group states about violation of hygiene norms, overcrowding, inadequate medical assistance and many other problems in the Prison # 7.

Human Rights House Tbilisi Requests Investigation into Zviad Peikrishvili’s Case
On October 8, representatives of Human Rights House Tbilisi (HRHT) held press-conference with regard to the case of Zviad Peikrishvili, who was beaten by Kaspi district police officers. Lawyer of HRHT Eka Kobesashvili defends rights of the victim Zviad Peikrishvili. HRHT requests effective investigation into the case.
NDI Survey Results Responded in Gori
In accordance to the NDI survey, 7% of the local respondents positively, 31% -averagely and 19% badly evaluated the work of the Gori City Mayor; 34% of the respondents do not have information about the activities of the mayor.
Public Defender Welcomes Investigation of Crimes Committed during and after August War
On 13 October 2015 the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, addressed the Court’s Judges and requested authorization to initiate an investigation into the alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in relation to the August 2008 armed conflict in Georgia.
Public Defender Responds to Rustavi 2 TV Story
The Public Defender has responded to the 9 October TV story of “Rustavi 2” news edition “Kurieri” about Akhmed Chatayev being put on the United States’ global list of terrorists.
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Who shall be punished for the crimes committed during the August 2008 armed conflict?
Russian side Georgian side Ossetian side All parties equally I cannot answer


Fragile Peace in Balkans
After a long and complicated preparation period, on July 30, we landed in Sarajevo. Despite scary landing caused by bad weather conditions, I
Hungry Commission Members and Commission Chairpersons Angry with Observers in Batumi
Seal without Carve and Voter with Two Names in Guria


Villages of the Hopeless
I learned about healing water Dzuguri first several days ago. Having searched information, we learned that Dzuguri water is sold near the chain
What happened to Dream of Justice Revival?
Triggers of Prisoners’ Mass Protests

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