2015-02-23Presumable Discrimination Facts in the Planning of Hope Festival
Festival of Hope was scheduled in the Sport Palace of Tbilisi on June 6-8, 2014. However, the palace administration refused the organizers to hold the festival because of the fire that broke out in the building several days before the event. The organizers faced problems in the advertisement campaign too. Considering the fact that everything was planned and international organizations also participated in it, the festival did take place in Tbilisi but in a less scope.
2015-02-23Relatives of Levan Kortava held rally in front of the Parliament
On February 18, relatives and lawyers of the deceased prisoner Levan Kortava, inmate in the Geguti # 14, gathered in front of the parliament. They requested meeting with the chairman of the Healthcare and Social Issues Parliamentary Committee Dimitry Khundadze with the request to restore justice.
2015-02-23Political Vendetta against Azerbaijan Human Rights Defenders
Dozens of journalists, civil activists and CSO leaders have been arrested in Azerbaijan the past few years. All of them openly criticized the Government of Azerbaijan.
2015-02-19Human Rights Center Starting Monitoring Female and Juvenile Prison Facilities
Human Rights Center is starting project - Monitoring Conditions of Juvenile and Female Prisoners in Georgian Penitentiary. Project covers period from February 2015 till August 2015. The project aims to reveal problems existing in prisons for female and juvenile convicts and promoting improvement of imprisonment conditions.
2015-02-17Vazisubani Village Population Requests Sold Pastures Back
Ltd Vazisubani Mamuli purchased the former palace of the Romanovs in Vazisubani village, Gurjaani district. The state sold the pastures around the former palace together with the building. Local population protests this fact and claims the pastures belonged to people and the state sold them without any warning and auction.
2015-02-17President Names Supreme Court Chair Candidate
President Giorgi Margvelashvili named former judge of Supreme Court, Nino Gvenetadze, as a candidate for the post of Supreme Court chairperson to replace Kote Kublashvili, whose ten-year term in office expires this month.
2015-02-17Inmates of Batumi Prison # 3 Speak About Grave Conditions in the Facility
Inattention from medical personnel, lack of medicines, unhealthy food, ventilation and water system problem, aggressive and provocative prison personnel – it is list of the problems in the Batumi Prison # 3 and inmates request to address them.
2015-02-13Problem of Life-Sentenced Convicts Connected with Court Judgments
Life-sentenced convicts from Prison # 8 sent letter to Human Rights Center. According to their statement, part of life-sentenced prisoners started hunger-strike on January 26, 2015. They request to enforce the 28.12.2012 Amnesty Law and eliminate the discrimination against them.
2015-02-12The problem of hate speech in Georgian media – Training by Human Rights Centre
On February 7, Human Rights Center organized one-day training about hate speech in its Gurjaani office. The training was organized in the frame of Human Rights Centre’s project Promoting Freedom of Religion in Georgia. The project is implemented with financial support of the Canadian Embassy in Turkey.
2015-02-1228, Including Two MPs, Seek Supreme Court Chairmanship
Twenty eight nominations have been offered to President Giorgi Margvelashvili for the post of Supreme Court chairperson.
2015-02-12Kutaisi Mayor about Campaign Plotted against Him
“Smear campaign has started against me. People wish to discredit Kutaisi mayor and the City Hall before society; they do their best to achieve this goal. The campaign is plotted for our discrimination,” Kutaisi Mayor Shota Murgulia said at the special briefing on February 11.
2015-02-12Accusation without Evidence
Azerbaijan Court started the substantial hearing of Rasul Jafarov’s case, a famous Azerbaijan human rights defender. On February 10, the accused person and three victims were questioned at the trial in the Baku Court on Grave Crimes. However, many questions remained unclear after the process. It is noteworthy that there were no links between the case materials and victim testimonies. The character of Azerbaijan court hearings is also very significant.
2015-02-10Rally to Request Restoration of Justice in Kutaisi
On February 6, pedestrian Nana Giglemiani, 19, was crashed by car in Agmashenebeli Avenue in Kutaisi. As a result of the car-crash the girl died on the place. The witnesses say the driver of the car disappeared. A young man was arrested, who as family members claim, is innocent. They claim the law enforcement officers hide the real perpetrator.
2015-02-10Demarcation of the So-Called Border Renewed in Jariasheni Village
Russian and Ossetian military units renewed demarcation works of the so-called border in the occupied territory. After the barbed wire fence was set in Jariasheni village in Gori district, part of local agricultural plots is now in the occupied territory. As residents of Jariasheni say, the occupation line has moved forwarded 35 meters into the village territory and is stretched along 1 kilometer.
2015-02-06ISFED demands that Goga Khaindrava retract his slanderous allegations and make a public apology
During Imedi’s Week talk show on Imedi TV on February 1, 2015, Mr. Goga Khaindrava accused ISFED and its executive director Nino Lomjaria of being involved in political corruption scheme over the past few years. He alleged that Georgian non-governmental organizations were part of the “big corruption scheme” of misspending financial resources allocated for Georgia by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).
2015-02-06Gori Municipal Board Member Speaks about Threats from the District Governor
Member of Gori municipal board from Free Democrats Khatuna Khatashvili speaks about intimidation from the district governor David Oniashvili. According to Khatuna Khatashvili, Oniashvili verbally insulted her and threatened with the prosecutor’s office.
2015-02-06Intigam Aliyev Was Freed from the Cage
On February 3, substantial hearing into the criminal case against famous Azerbaijan human rights defender Intigam Aliyev started with unexpected decision of the court collegium at the Baku Court on Grave Crimes. As soon as the trial started, the judge ordered to release the human rights defender from the cage without any solicitations from the parties.
2015-02-04Strasbourg Court Observed Violations in Sulkhan Molashvili’s Case
Article 3 (No one shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment), Article 5 (Right to Liberty and Security), Article 6 (Right to a Fair Trial) and Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination) – on October 23, 3014 Strasbourg Court of Human Rights closed Sulkhan Molashvili’s case and ruled violation of four articles of the European Convention on Human Rights in it.
2015-02-02Prisoner of Conscience – Case of Rasul Jafarov
January 27, Baku, Azerbaijan, corner of Vurgun Street. The number of people at the side entrance to the court discussing particularly grave cases is increasing – citizens, foreign observers and journalists are waiting for the trial of the Azerbaijan human rights defender Rasul Jafarov. Everybody tries to be closest to the door – the trial might be scheduled in such a small courtroom that not everybody will manage to enter. The local journalists say it often happens there.
2015-01-30Emzar Kvitsiani to Appeal against Saakashvili
“Justice won; son of the Kodori Gorge is free,” on January 28, family members, relatives, IDPs from Kodori Gorge and strange people greeted Emzar Kvitsiani with these words when he left Kutaisi Appeal Court. The Court freed the former Zemo Svaneti regional governor based on the plea-agreement after 11-month imprisonment.
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