2008-01-30Ministry of Environment Protests Mtivlishvili’s Letter
On January 16 Human Rights Center published a letter on its portal www.humanrigts.ge with the following headline: “Bail of Five Thousand Lari and Six-Year-Imprisonment for Taking Scattered Fire-Wood from the Forest.” The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources considers that the fact of illegal use of fire-wood is incorrectly revealed in the letter and bears responsibility to provide the society with correct information.
2008-01-30New Method of Intimidation on Journalists in Zugdidi
Who Put Up Assembled Photos of Naked Editor of “Gia Boklomi”?!
Ilia Chachibaia editor of the magazine “Gia Bocklomi” and leader of the Zugdidi office of the “Equalitarian Institute” noticed his necked photos assembled with woman’s body in the center of the town on 27 January. According to subscript on the posters Chachibaia offered his clients sexual service at reasonable prices. Editor of the magazine names Vakhtang Gabelia, official of the Constitutional Security Department’s (CSD) Zugdidi branch as an author and performer of the idea. Ilia Chachibaia demands law enforcers to start investigation and urges to human rights organizations to defend his rights.
2008-01-28Ninotsminda Hospital - Without Central Heating in Winter
It is intolerable frosts in Ninotsminda now. The majority of population suffers from different diseases caused by cold, but they refuse to go to hospital.
2008-01-28Disabled People Will Start Protest Demonstrations
In Georgia, ten thousands of disabled people lost social allowances. They suffer from Diabetes, blood-circulation problems, oncologic, psycho-neurological and liver diseases. These people lost their allowances in May of 2007. Amendments to the “Status Definition of Disability” were made according to the resolution of the Minister of Labor, Health and Social Welfare on February 27 2007. In parallel to it regional bureaus of the Medical-Social Expertise were closed down.
2008-01-25Money Trap for Money Collectors
Several villages of Gori District request installing individual electric meters. People say that it is impossible to calculate their bills according to communal meters. The collectors use the advantage of the situation and make people pay more money than they use.
2008-01-24“Everything Cannot Be Settled By Breaking in and Shooting”
Irakli Batiashvili said that he was one of the first political prisoners of Mikheil Saakashvili’s government. He was accused for plotting against the constitutional government. He faced 24-year-imprisonment. The Prosecutor’s Office had single evidence against him; it was a secret recording of over-phone conversation. Irakli Batiashvili was pardoned after the presidential elections. However, he thinks that he was not pardoned because of government’s generosity, but because the society made the governmental officials to see their mistakes. He left the detention setting several days ago and the Human Rights Center represents the interview with him.
2008-01-24What Became the Reason for the Resignation of Shida Kartli Regional Governor?-Protecting “Trialeti TV” or Unsustainable Victory of Mikheil Saakashvili in Presidential Elections?
Lado Gegelashvili was appointed to the position of the Shida Kartli Regional Governor three months ago. Many questions emerged during this period and the most important of them was what is the future of those people who lost their properties with the hard effort of former Regional Governor, Kareli and former Defense Minister, Okruashvili; why are painting of facades and setting up fountains still priorities of the local authority?
2008-01-23Fight for Positions and Neglected People
Regional governors of Georgia will be changed in the nearest future. Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili announced about up-coming changes several days ago. Nino Burjanadze, the Chairwoman of the Georgian Parliament, stated that local authorities will also be amended.
2008-01-23Journalists Are "Voluntary Trafficked Victims"
“In Georgia, rights of journalists are violated,” journalists and lawyers claim. Journalists have had to work for publishing houses without labor contracts or any other legal documents for many years. Consequently, employer often treats journalists deliberately.
2008-01-23It Took Only 13 Seconds to Vote at Sagarejo Polling Stations
OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission published an Interim Report on the Georgian Snap Presidential Elections on January 5. Many violations are revealed in the report. Counting of the votes and compellation of final protocols was assessed as “bad” and “very bad”. Observers from the mission claim that they have witnessed how the protocols were tempered alongside many other violations.
2008-01-22“Shinny New Meters” brings more troubles
The extended and almost never-ending period of darkened houses and dark streets is over in Georgia. It is a period in Georgian history that people want to forget. Flats were cold, gas and fuel to cook was in short supply and life was miserable. Poor Georgians went to the street to protest and at least the fires they set in the street were sources to warm their bones and diminished spirits. At least now there is a constant supply of electricity but there are still many problems.
2008-01-22Most Election Protocols from Javakheti and Kvemo Kartli Regions Are Flawed
On January 21st the public movement “Multinational Georgia” presented CDs where falsified protocols from the Presidential Election were recorded on.
2008-01-22MPs Elected by Majority System Do Not Feel Responsibile to Their Voters
According to the initial information, the Parliamentary Elections of 2008 will be held in May. Nino Burdjanadze, chairwoman of the Georgian Parliament, stated that the list of MPs will be transformed and representatives of the society will be more professional. Currently Kakheti region has twelve representatives in the Georgian Parliament but in the future there might be only one MP from the region.
2008-01-22Tunnel Is Being Built, but Houses Are Being Destroyed
“I took hens out of the hen-house and I entered there to live. Initially I slept in the car; but I could not stand the cold there. Now I live in the hen-house,” said Rezo Bagrationi, (a royal surname of Georgia) a retired person. The house of Bagrationi is so damaged that he cannot stay inside like all his neighbors. Other members of his five-member-family live at their relatives’.
2008-01-21Model Houses in the Entry of Zugdidi
According to the direction of the President of Georgia dated by November 7, 2007 the Georgian Ministry of Finance has apportioned 560 000 lari from the President’s Reserve Fund to repair and paint facades of the houses in one part of Davit Agmashenebeli Avenue, situated at the entrance to Zugdidi. About 155 houses have been repaired on Agmashenebeli Av. since December 10, 2007 up to now. The inhabitants of Zugdidi are curious: Why have they chosen exactly these houses to repair?
2008-01-21Human Trafficking Is Still Urgent Problem
Human trafficking in Georgia like all over the world is urgent problem. Although many measures were taken to eradicate the problem during recent years, it is still important to speak about trafficking. Thus, on January 17 the Public Defender’s Office held a meeting to discus the problem.
2008-01-18People Will Be Brought for Inauguration from Regions
Regional activists of the United National Movement have been mobilized for the Inauguration of Mikhail Saakashvili. We learnt that president’s regional governors gave instructions to the governors of Municipalities and Administrative Boards. Reservists and participants of the Presidential Patriot Program were warned to take part in the inauguration.
2008-01-18Sad Holiday of Juveniles
Twenty-six juveniles live in this establishment. All of them have sad background like old people; but have the same dreams as their palls. They celebrated New Year and Christmas modestly and tried to be as happy as possible. Now they are getting ready for the Epiphany. However they cannot visit their godparents or godchildren on January 19. The discipline is the most important here-they are beneficiaries of the Special School for Juvenile.
2008-01-18Chechen Refugee Child Needs Immediate Operation Abroad
Resettlement to a third country is still problem for Chechen refugees.
Chechen refugees have been residing in Georgia for over seven years and they still desire to resettle to a third country. Edri Alkhanashvili’s child became one year old several days ago. He is seriously ill. Unless he is operated on, he would remain invalid till the end of his life. Future of Ilis Khan Gaziev depends on international organizations; though they have not decided the future of the child and his family yet.
2008-01-17Amnesty – Pre-Election Campaign or “mollified tone of the President?”
After the famous events of November, the President’s administration filed a draft law regarding amnesty to the Georgian Parliament. During the pre-election campaign, thousands of prisoners were released from detention centers on the initiative of Mikheil Saakashvili and Nino Burdjanadze; among them were political prisoners. Amnesty is always a good initiative; especially if we take into consideration the poor conditions in our detention centers. Nevertheless there is a different question which remains; despite many human rights violations in the detention centers observed by international and domestic organizations, why was the pardon initiated in the pre-election period when the government needs public support most of all? Does it mean that after this government is elected the number of the prisoners will increase? And generally, in what condition is the Penitentiary System?
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