2013-02-18100 Day of Self-Government in Gori
After the parliamentary elections of October 1, 2012 governors of Gori, Kaspi, Kareli and Khashuri districts resigned. Before resignation, Kareli district former governor Ilia Burjanadze said financial police officers started inspection of his office. In all other cases, the district governors said reason of their resignation was new political reality and cohabitation.
2013-02-18Non-Georgian Schools in Marneuli District Might Remain without Directors
In 2012, only 4 out of 70 directors of Marneuli district public schools managed to overcome the barrier of director’s exam. Directors of non-Georgian public schools in Kvemo Kartli complain about the exams in private talks.
2013-02-18Court Authorizes Police to Bring Tbilisi Mayor before Investigators for Questioning
Tbilisi City Court has authorized law enforcement agencies to apply coercive measures to bring Tbilisi mayor Gigi Ugulava to the police station for questioning as a witness in connection to scuffles that broke out outside the National Library on February 8.
2013-02-13GYLA Held Presentation of Monitoring Report of Election Environment
On February 11, 2013, Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association held presentation of the report of monitoring pre-election environment, the Election Day and the post-election period. The report covers the results of monitoring from August 1 through October 20, 2012 (GYLA started monitoring of pre-election processes much earlier, on January 1, 2012, and evaluated the pre-election environment in two interim reports).
2013-02-12MIA Clarifies Procedural Laws to the Tbilisi Mayor
MIA replied to the statement of Gigi Ugulava, Tbilisi Mayor and news agency Interpresnews published full text of this statement.
2013-02-11Trade Unions Notes on Draft-Amendments to the Labor Code
Georgian Confederation of Trade Unions presented notes and recommendations on draft- amendments to the Labor Code for nongovernmental organizations.
2013-02-11Police Warn Tbilisi Mayor over Questioning
After Tbilisi Mayor Gigi Ugulava refused to appear before the police for questioning “as a witness” in connection to scuffles that broke out outside the National Library on February 8, the Interior Ministry warned on Monday that “coercive measures” might be applied.
2013-02-11Recommendations to Prime-Minister for Transparency of State Bodies
On February 5, eighteen NGOs submitted their recommendations on the action plan of the Open Government Partnership to Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili.
2013-02-08Photos of Dishonest Customers in Goodwill Supermarket – Does It Breach Their Rights?
“According to my information, photos of the people, who had stolen products from supermarkets at different times, are hanging in several supermarkets in Tbilisi. I think it is incorrect of them… I wonder what your opinion, as a human rights organization, is about this fact,” a citizen sent this letter to the email of Human Rights Center several days ago.
2013-02-08Investigation against Gia Tortladze
Investigative service of the Ministry of Finance started investigation against Gia Trotladze on the alienation of state property; Gia Tortladze was member of the previous convocation parliament and is head of the De-occupation Center. Head of public relation department at the investigative service Natia Sukhiashvili made the statement at the special briefing on February 7.
2013-02-08“We Have Been Looking for Water All These Years” –Problem of Water in Didi Liakhvi Gorge
Main problem of the Georgian villages in the lower part of the Didi Liakhvi Gorge is water supply which was allegedly resolved two years ago. However, only three villages (partly) enjoy the water distribution system that was arranged by EU funding in the Zemo Nikozi village. As for other villages, they still face irrigation water problem. Locals hope soon this problem will be positively resolved.
2013-02-07How Secure is Customers’ Data in Telecommunication Companies?
Transparency of the ownership of telecommunication companies and security of the customers’ data - aforesaid two issues have been distinguished in the course of discussion.
2013-02-07PM Rules Out Trade-Off on Constitutional Changes with UNM
PM Bidzina Ivanishvili said on Tuesday that his Georgian Dream (GD) coalition will not engage in political horse trading with President Saakashvili’s UNM party over constitutional amendments.
2013-02-06What Happened with “Guria Regeneration Foundation”
In December of 2011, during his visit in Guria region, President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili announced about establishment of the Guria Regeneration Foundation and nominated Ramaz Nikolaishvili, Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure to be head of the Foundation.
2013-02-06Venice Commission President Sums Up Georgia Visit
The Council of Europe’s advisory body for legal affairs, Venice Commission, may appoint a liaison officer in Georgia as country’s new authorities prepare for launch of a process for major constitutional overhaul.
2013-02-04Noise about Adjara Supreme Election Commission
Representatives of the Adjara based nongovernmental organizations protest the January 29 decision of the Adjara Supreme Council, according to which rule of staffing the Supreme Election Commission (SEC) is to be changed. NGOs claim these amendments are politically motivated and ask the chairman of the Adjara government not to sign the adopted amendments in hurry.
2013-02-04Assembly of Georgian Dream Failed in Khoni
On January 28, Assembly of the Georgian Dream was scheduled in Khoni, where chairman of the district organization was to be elected. However, the meeting was canceled.
2013-02-01Investigation Started into Incident in the Georgian Wrestling Federation
Investigation started into the incident of January 30 in the Georgian Wrestling Federation, when Federation President Luka Kurtanidze physically assaulted Vice-president Temur Kazarashvili and veteran wrestler Raid Abramishvili. According to the MIA, criminal case was launched under Article 120 Part I of the Criminal Code of Georgia.
2013-02-01Human Rights Watch: “Government of Georgia Should Make Human Rights Priority”
Georgia’s new government needs to rectify the troubling human rights problems it inherited, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2013. In addressing past abuses, the government should avoid politically motivated prosecutions, ensure public scrutiny of its actions, and make the worst abuses a top priority.
2013-02-01Reconstruction of Stadium Suspended, Senior Officials of the Municipal Government Summoned to Interrogation
When visiting Guria region in summer of 2012, President Mikheil Saakashvili said it would be renaissance year for the region. And the process was to start with the reconstruction of the playground for the Lanchkhuti football club Guria. That-time Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure Ramaz Nikolaishvili said the reconstruction would start soon and it would place 22 000 spectators.
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