2015-04-14Initiative of the Public Defender of Georgia on Broadening of Powers of the Constitutional Court
On April 8, 2015, the Public Defender presented an initiative on broadening of powers of the Constitutional Court of Georgia.
2015-04-14Graves Left Without Care
Internally displaced people could not go the cemeteries on the occupied territories on Easter Sunday. Georgian side started negotiations about the issue during the Ergneti Meeting but representatives of the Tskhinvali de-facto government refused them. Besides that meeting, Georgian governmental officials raised the issue in the Geneva Meetings too but the de-facto authority did not change its position.
2015-04-14Villages on ABL without Medical Assistance
The working group of the Coalition for Rebuilding Trust visited three villages in Shida Kartli region. The Coalition members visited Arbo village alongside the occupation line, where they heard the problems of locals. Villagers complained about lack of medical service in the village. Locals have to travel to Gori to get medical assistance.
2015-04-14This Affects You appeals to Constitutional Court to curb direct access to citizens' telephone and internet data
On April 8, members of the campaign This Affects You presented an appeal to the Constitutional Court of Georgia, requesting abolishment of the amendments to secret surveillance legislation adopted by the Georgian Parliament in November 2014.
2015-04-07Prisoner’s Relatives Request Punishment of Doctors
Family of Levan Kortava works on the application to the Kutaisi Appeal Court. On May 12, 2013 ruthlessly beaten 24-year-old prisoner died in Geguti prison # 14; his relatives request impartial investigation into the fact and punishment of perpetrators.
Trial into the criminal case against Azerbaijan human rights defender Rasul Jafarov was renewed in the Baku Court on Grave Crimes at 11:00 am on March 31; locals said during Tsarist Russia the building of the court was used as a stable for horses. Representatives of the EU Mission and US Embassy in Baku, of local and foreign nongovernmental organizations attended the hearing.
2015-04-02Former Political Prisoner Urges for Restoration Justice
Former political prisoner complained about physical and psychological violence against him during imprisonment term. He requests punishment of perpetrators. In his conversation with humanrights.ge Aleksandre Tchumburidze recalled details of his imprisonment term, when his rights were blatantly violated.
2015-04-02Delayed Cases at Prosecutor’s Office
On April 2, representatives of Human Rights Center held press-conference. They called on the Department to Investigate Offenses Committed in the Course of Legal Proceedings at the Chief Prosecutor’s Office to timely and effectively investigate delayed cases.
2015-04-01Tchiatura in expectation of an ecological disaster
The population of Tchiatura district blames the company Georgian Manganese of polluting the environment. The company is obtaining and processing manganese in the region. The district majoritarian MP in Tchiatura, Malkhaz Tsereteli, said in 2014 that the environment in Georgia was damaged for 327, 5 million lari. Out of that 324 million lari, which is 99% of the total damage, is in Tchiatura municipality.
2015-03-31Homeless Families in Dedoplistskaro Request Compensation
Tamila Gurashvili has been homeless for three years; she lives in the former building of the military base in Leselidze Street in Dedoplistskaro. Currently, she lives in unbearable conditions together with her mother and child. Tamila had to leave her house in 2012; she had lived there for 20 years.
2015-03-30Round Table – Ecological Problems in Tchiatura
On March 26, Human Rights House Tbilisi organized round table to discuss ecological problems in Tchiatura. Participants discussed environment pollution caused by the manganese obtaining and processing in Tchiatura by the company Georgian Manganese. Representatives of the nongovernmental organizations and state institutions participated in the discussion. Round table – Ecological Problems in Tchiatura was opened with the screening of the documentary film Grey Tchiatura prepared by the Media Institute.
2015-03-30Gurjaani District Court Sentenced Vaja Utiashvili to Three-Year Imprisonment
On March 24, Gurjaani district court sentenced Vaja Utiashvili, resident of Gurjaani, to three-year imprisonment. Lawyer of Kakheti office of Human Rights Center Lia Khuroshvili defends rights of the convicted person. Khuroshvili said Vaja Utiashvili is innocent; the judgment is unfair and she will appeal it at the Appeal Court.
2015-03-30Convicted Giorgi Marsagishvili Urges for Help
On March 23, 2015 convicted Giorgi Marsagishvili from Batumi prison # 3 sent letter to Human Rights Center. The prisoner wrote about extremely unbearable conditions in the penitentiary establishment. According to his letter, life-threatening conditions are purposefully created in the punishment rooms. Giorgi Marsagishvili names concrete people and requests their punishment because they inhumanly treat prisoners.
2015-03-27Controversy in Kutaisi Opera Theatre
Argument between the employees of the Kutaisi Balanchivadze Opera and Ballet State Theatre turned into conflict. The reason of the disagreement was position of the art director, which became vacant after director Gogi Tchitchinadze left.
2015-03-25Juveniles in Jails
According to the data by December, 2014 there are 83 juvenile convicts/accused in the penitentiary establishments of Georgia that is 0.8% of the total amount of convicts in Georgia. According to the December, 2014 data, there are 36 accused and 47 convicted juveniles in Georgia; all of them are boys.
2015-03-25Lacking adequate housing
In accordance to the special report of Public Defender of Georgia, Right to Adequate Housing, 9 805 families have willfully occupied 401 buildings in Tbilisi. Among them, 4 170 families have already legalized their flats, 5 635 families continue living in the buildings without any legal grounds. The majority of the citizens willfully living in these flats are socially vulnerable people.
2015-03-23After Jehovah Witness Was Acquitted Prosecutor’s Office Started Obscure Investigation
“In response to your letter sent to the Chief Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia on February 26, 2015, where you inquired about the physical and verbal assault of Gela and Lela Shvelidzes in the town of Aspindza, we would like to notify that the Aspindza district office of the MIA started investigation into the aforementioned facts under Article 125 Part 1 of the Criminal Code of Georgia”
2015-03-20Conditions of Female Convicts in Georgia
According to the December, 2014 data of the Ministry of Corrections of Georgia, 10 372 convicts were in the penitentiary establishments in Georgia; 10 091 of them were men and 281 – women.
2015-03-19Organizations Working on Harm Reduction Call on the Government to Be More Active
International organization Global Fund, which funds Harm Reduction Programs in Georgia, will significantly reduces funding for 2015. From 2018 they will most probably leave the country.
2015-03-17'We want a voice': women fight for their rights in the former USSR
Women had stood shoulder to shoulder with men in the Russian Revolution of 1917, according to its leader Vladimir Lenin, and were said to be at the vanguard of the drive to build an equal society in the world’s first communist state; the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR).
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