2013-11-25Shota Murgulia To Be Interim Kutaisi Mayor
Kutaisi has new governor. Shota Murgulia, who arrived from the capital several days ago and held introductory meetings with the employees of the local self-governmental agencies, will officially act as an interim city mayor.
2013-11-25Snap Session at the Municipal Board and Changed Opinion of Board Members
Village attorneys and specialists will no longer be required to have high education. The relevant amendments were passed at the snap session of the Gori municipal board. Seven board members did not vote for the amendments introduced to the Resolution on Qualification Requirements of the Local Self-Governance. At the previous session, every board member requested that village attorneys had high education and the draft-amendments were not passed.
2013-11-22ICOMOS Georgia Concerned About Draft Amendments to the Law on Culture Heritage
ICOMOS Georgia (Georgian National Committee of International Council on Monuments and Sites) is concerned about the amendments drafted for the Law on Culture Heritage. ICOMOS Georgia spread statement and calls on members of the Georgian Parliament not to pass the proposed edition, to ensure public discussion of the bill with participation of all interested parties.
2013-11-22Appeal Court to Finish Discussion of Bacho Akhalaia’s Case
Discussion of Bacho Akhalaia’s case is approaching to the end at the Tbilisi Appeal Court. At the next trial judge will hear final statements of the former accused people and then the court will pass verdict. The prosecutor appealed August 1 non-guilty verdict of the Tbilisi City Court on Bacho Akhalaia and other co-defendants’ case.
2013-11-22What Is Wrong in Kutaisi Prison? GCRT Published Survey Results
“Insufficient medical service, psychical and psychic problems, inhuman treatment from medical personnel, dozen inmates are sick with Hepatitis C and Diabetis,” Georgian Center for Psycho-Social and Medical Rehabilitation of Torture Victims (GCRT) published results of the survey carried out in Kutaisi Prison # 2.
2013-11-21Chairman of the GPB Board of Trustees addresses Irakli Garibashvili
20 November Chairman of the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) Board of Trustees Emzar Goguadze held a press-conference and addressed acting Interior Minister of Georgia and candidate for the post of Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili. Goguadze requested Garibashvili to dismiss Irakli Tsibadze, Adviser to the GPB Director General for Security Issues.
2013-11-21Boys Choose Technical Faculties and Girls – Humanitarian
Nika Pachulia, 22, graduated the Faculty of Humanitarian Sciences at the Tbilisi Ivane Javakhishvili State University this year. He selected this profession regardless his parents’ protest. “Lecturers were surprised that I was studying Humanitarian Science because traditionally girls prefer to study there. There were only five boys in this faculty. I should admit that lecturers were more loyal to us than to girls. Maybe they wanted to morally encourage us to feel more comfortable in female environment. To tell the truth, initially I felt a bit awkward but later got used to it,” Nika Pachulia said.
2013-11-21Abandoned Houses Might Be Misappropriated in Akhalgori District
People, resettled from Tskhinvali, might be lodged in the flats, which were locked during five years in Akhalgori district. Locals informed humanrights.ge about it.
2013-11-21Discussion of Election Complaints Finished in Kakheti Region
No significant violations, which could cause annulment of election results in precincts, were observed in Kakheti. Commission members were either rebuked or warned for the observed minor violations.
2013-11-21Human Rights Center’s Report as Evidence at the Trial on Merabishvili’s Case
Human Rights Center’s Report on May 26, 2011 events is considered as evidence at the trial on the criminal case against Vano Merabishvili. The prosecutor announced the list of obtained evidence at the trial on November 19.
2013-11-20Court Passed Non-Guilty Verdict on Nika Gvaramia and Aleksandre Khetaguri
On November 14, Tbilisi City Court finished discussion of the cases on Nika Gvaramia, director general of Rustavi 2 and co-defendants in the same case. Judge Besik Bugianishvili passed non-guilty verdict on them and found the defendants innocent in all accusations.
2013-11-20Accused People Questioned in the Episode of Sergo Tetradze’s Death at the Court
On November 13, a trial on Megis Kardava and co-defendants in the same case was held at the Tbilisi City Court. Accused Oleg Patsatsia, Viktro Kacheishvili, Rati Mgeladze, Zviad Kapanadze and Sergo Bitsadze were questioned at the trial in the episode of Sergo Tetradze’s death.
2013-11-20Competition for Vacant Positions of Public Servants Protested in Guria
Amendments were introduced to the Law on Public Service at the end of June of 2013. It states that competition for the vacant positions of public servants was to be announced in municipalities before January 1, 2014. Many people, including public servants protested the competition in Guria. On November 15, several members of the Georgian Dream prevented the chairman of the municipal board to raise this question at the board session.
2013-11-20Garibashvili Says Probe Underway into Cases of Forced Disappearance
PM-designate and acting interior minister, Irakli Garibashvili, said “several hundred” people were victims of forced disappearance under the previous authorities.
2013-11-18Trial on Former Head of Kakheti Unit of the Constitutional Security Department Was Postponed for the Fourth Time
On November 12, Telavi District Court postponed trial on the case of Zurab Laliashvili, former head of the Kakheti unit of the Constitutional Security Department of MIA, for his absence. The defense side lawyer Mamuka Mirotadze said Zurab Laliashvili has health problems.
2013-11-15Strike Finished With Results – Requirements of Railway Workers to Be Implemented
After the negotiation with the Council of Directors at the Georgian Railway the workers stopped strike late at night of November 14. According to the Confederation of Georgian Trade Unions, the negotiations lasted six hours and all requirements of the New Trade Union of Railway Workers were satisfied. The parties even signed a protocol, based on which the railway administration officially took responsibility to satisfy their requests.
2013-11-15Discussion of Complaints of Election Violations Finished in Batumi
Election results from only one Precinct # 65 in Kobuleti DEC was annulled in Adjara during Presidential Elections of October 27. Fines were not imposed on any commission members for the violations. Members of three PECs in Batumi DEC will have their ten-day salaries deducted.
2013-11-15“Georgians were treating Abkhazians and Ossetians the same way as Russians were treating Georgians and Georgia will have to apologize for the mistakes
U.S. Ambassador to Georgia Richard Norland said “Georgians were treating Abkhazians and Ossetians the same way as Russians were treating Georgians and Georgia will have to apologize for the mistakes of the past”.
2013-11-14“It Is not Competition but Human Rights Violation” – Competition Participants State
The competition, announced by the city self-government body in August, 2013 after the reorganization in the Kutaisi City Hall, has not finished yet. The competition participants said the commission, chaired by Tamaz Margvelashvili, chairman of the Kutaisi City Council, drags out the process that causes their astonishment.
2013-11-13Large Baggage in Akhalgori
Akhalgori residents expect simplification of transportation across de-facto border and annulled restrictions on transporting cargoes to Akhalgori after the inauguration of the new president of Georgia.
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