2011-01-18Georgian “Freedom Charter” to Boost Police Powers
Georgia’s parliament is on the brink of adopting a law that will ban former KGB employees from many public positions, while strengthening the powers of the security services.
2011-01-17Illegally Seized Gifts from Gonio Residents
Plots were seized from 272 families in theGonio community. The local authority explained the decision by referencing the law, which forbids settlement close to the cultural monument – Gonio Fortress in this particular case. However, as it was cleared up, only two plots were assigned in contradiction to this law in Gonio.
2011-01-17Scheme of Trade Redistribution in Gori
Jemal Tsiklauri owned an agricultural market in Gori until 2004. The state registered his market under their ownership while Tsiklauri was serving prison time for cheating on the price of 9 kilos of meat despite the fact that it was one of the sellers who cheated, not him. Despite this, a criminal case has been filed against Tsiklauri, holding him responsible.
2011-01-14Every Fourth Detainee Beaten
The detainees in Kakheti Pre Trial Detention cells are often observed to have physical injuries, - reads the special report of National Preventive Mechanism of Torture of Public Defender of Georgia. According to the Ombudsman, the detainees mostly get physical injuries before being put in the Pre Trial Detention cell.
2011-01-14Head of Kakheti Office of the Environmental Office: “I Do Not Care What Citizens Are Complaining About”
Head of Kakheti office of the Environmental Police Irakli Doborjginidze said he executes the orders of the government and does not care what citizens are complaining about with the human rights organizations. “I execute state orders and do not care what people are complaining about,” said Doborjginidze.
2011-01-13Dispersal Of Georgian War Veterans' Protest Widely Criticized
The dispersal and arrest by police on January 3 of former servicemen who staged a public protest in Tbilisi against the abolition of social benefits to which they were previously entitled has been widely condemned by Georgian opposition parties and NGOs, including the Georgian Young Lawyers Association, human rights defender Giorgi Tughushi, and the U.S. ambassador.
2011-01-12Vakhtang Komakhidze’s New Documentary Movie about August War “Here It Is: The War Which We Won”
In the near future, the new documentary film by journalist Vakhtang Komakhidze will be screened in Georgia; the film is about the armed conflict of August 2008.
2011-01-12Attempted Exemplary Punishment
The Gurjaani District Prosecutor’s office has finished its investigation into the case of Zurab Tabagari - former director of the public school in Balghojiani Village, Kvareli District. The prosecutor’s office accused Tabagari under Article 139 (forcible sexual intercourse with juvenile) and Article 332 (abuse of power) of the Criminal Code of Georgia.
2011-01-11Vakhtang and Uta Komakhidzes against Real TV
Tbilisi City Court found admissible complaint of Vakhtang Komakhidze and his son Uta Komakhidze against the TV Company Real TV and started hearings. By the request of plaintiff, the case will be discussed in the closed trial.
2011-01-11The Coffee Republic
ABKHAZIA — Post-conflict zones are eerily quiet places. Nowadays, with the border closed since the August 2008 war, the only way to cross from western Georgia into the de facto Republic of Abkhazia, a territory of 3,250 square miles by the Black Sea, is by foot.
2011-01-11Why the World’s Secret Police wants you to join facebook?
Internet is not just the liberating source. The authoritarian regimes use it to persecute its opposers and manipulate with public consciousness.
2011-01-11“Kind King Mathiush I Know Nothing” About It
Virtual development is going on in Georgia. We have already finished construction of the Second Dubai, Paris, and Nice and now we have started development of the mountainous-skiing resort. Soon, tourists will slide from the Caucasus Range directly down to Batumi seashore. Soon, as the President of Georgia has promised, we will build a motorway to Sokhumi and maybe even to Sochi.
2011-01-10Appeal of NGOs
On January 3, 2011 police officers dispersed the protest demonstration of the war veterans in the Hero Square through blatant violation of the law under physical force.
2011-01-10U.S. Ambassador Concerned About the Crackdown on Veterans at Heroes’ Square
U.S. Ambassador to Georgia John Bass expressed concerns about the crackdown on the veterans at heroes’ square on 3 January. Bass commented about it after giving presents at the infants’ house in Tbilisi.
2011-01-10NGOs Appealing to Ministry of Interior Affairs and Prosecutor General’s Office to launch Investigation on Crackdown of Veterans’ Action
12 NGOs appeal to the Ministry of Interior Affairs and Prosecutor General’s Office to launch investigation on the crackdown of veterans’ action on 3 January.
2011-01-10A real education crackdown
TBILISI, Georgia – Given the level of concern some Americans have expressed over the performance of the nation’s public schools, some might want to follow the lead of the Republic of Georgia by putting the former chief of that nation’s prison system in charge of the country’s schools.
2011-01-10Obscure Transport Collapse in Tbilisi
The optimization of urban transportation causes transport collapse in Tbilisi. The overburdened municipal buses, prolonged waiting for the desired transportation at the bus stops and the risen prices for travelling is today’s reality in Tbilisi. Tbilisi residents have not seen this kind of situation since 90s when because of the oil deficiency buses could not work and people would ride on top of the trolley buses to reach the destination.
2011-01-10New Tax Code – New Regulation for Businessmen
The government met the New Year with the new Tax Code. The new Tax Code contains new notions together with new tax systems. The notions of “micro” and “small business” were introduced in the Code for the first time. The tax payment is also differentiated for them. Tax ombudsman (business ombudsman) was appointed who has not made any comments about mass detention and fining of entrepreneurs so far.
2011-01-10Three Businessmen Committed Suicide in Kakheti in 2010
Otar Piranishvili, one of the owners of the wine company “Shumi,” Paata Papalashvili, one of the owners of the wholesale store “Delpini” and Archil Sesiashvili, the deputy director of “Kindzmarauli Marani” committed suicide. In all three cases the reason of suicide was named to be the inspection carried out by Tax Inspection.
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