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Company Winning Bid Is Sought
Gori district administration is looking for the company, which won bid competition in November, 2013. Ltd GPG participated in the tender and won it. According to the bid requirements, the Company had to rehabilitate underground passages in Gori. Several months passed but the Company did not implement its duties.
Fraction Social-Democrats Requests Impeachment of the Municipal Board Chairman
One of the member parties of the Coalition Georgian Dream – Democratic Georgia, Social Democrats for Georgia’s Development, opposed the local government. Leader of the local organization Soso Sheizashvili held press-conference. 
Akhalgori District Governor Resigned
Akhalgori district governor Zurab Gatenashvili resigned. Based on the decision of the Akhalgori municipal board, Nugzar Tinikashvili will implement duties of the district governor during three months. Tinikashvili told Human Rights Center that municipal board had offered the position to him. After three months, competition will be announced and applicants for the district governor’s position will be able to submit applications. Interim district governor Nugzar Tinikashvili said he will also participate in the competition.
Representatives of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee to Meet Representatives of Local CSOs and Intentional Organizations
The Secretary-General of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee Bjørn Engesland and Head of Human Rights Education Department at the NHC Enver Djuliman will pay a visit to Georgia and Armenia on February 18-21. They intend to meet representatives of local partner organizations, public institutions and local missions of international organizations to discuss ongoing programs and future plans of the NHC in Georgia, Armenia and in the South Caucasus Region in general.
Kutaisi Still Without Mayor
Kutaisi is still without Mayor. On February 12, chairman of the city council issued decree # 152 and resigned Kutaisi interim mayor. 
Public Defender’s Visit in Imereti Finished with Meeting with Civil Society Organizations
Tents for homeless people, Tkibuli mine, penitentiary establishment # 14 and meeting with the representatives of local civil society and media organizations – it was agenda of the Public Defender’s business trip in Imereti region on February 6-7.
Cartu Foundation Stopped Compensations for the Victims of Natural Disaster in Kakheti
Victimized families by 2012 natural disaster in 2012 will no longer receive compensations from the Cartu Foundation. The lawyer of the Foundation Nino Kiknadze said last year the Foundation transferred 98 million lari and left beneficiaries will receive compensations from alternative source.
Allowance for IDPs Increased
The state will no longer cover electricity bills of the IDPs living in compact settlements. These changes will go in force from March 1, 2014. The government covered 100 kilowatt electricity bills for each IDP family per month. From March 1, the monthly allowance for IDPs will increase from 28 lari up to 45 lari. 
In Parallel to Ongoing Protest of Nongovernmental Sector Parliament of Georgia Passed Code on Local Self-Governance
77 votes vs 7 – Parliament of Georgia passed the Code on Local Self-Governance after noisy discussions and controversy via third hearing on February 5. Government states it is a step forward to democratization and launch of self-governmental reform in the country.
Increased Salaries and Bonuses in Guria
Public servants in Guria region received bonuses equal to increased salaries in January 2014 (for Christmas Holiday). In accordance to the Georgian legislation, only 25% of local budget can be spent on salaries. However, district budget used to spend almost 40% on the salaries of public servants.
Tibilov Is not Going to Block De-Facto Border during Sochi Olympiad
During Sochi Olympiad de-facto border of the South Ossetia towards Akhalgori district will not be blocked that means people will be able to transport without delay. Special session of the de-facto security council of South Ossetia was held in Tskhinvali. Leader of the non-recognized republic Leonid Tibilov chaired the session.
GYLA’s Position about the Arbitration Agreement Made between the State and the Patarkatsishvili Family
On January 17, 2014 the Ministry of Justice disclosed the settlement agreement and its additional documents made between the successors of Arkadi (Badri) Patarkatsishvili and Georgia in the international arbitration. In the arbitration, A.P.’s family members requested to be given ownership of  “Imedi” TV and that the lease on Mtatsminda Park be reinstated, or in the alternative, sought compensation in the amount of 400 million USD. As mentioned, the arbitration ended with settlement  under certain conditions between A.P.’s successors and Georgia. 
Demonstration in Support of Mejvriskhevi Village Attorney
Population of Mejvriskhevi village, Gori district held demonstration in support of Tariel Gurgenidze, former attorney of their territorial entity, in front of the Shida Kartli regional administration. Participants requested annulment of plea-agreement into Tariel Gurgenidze’s case and re-investigation of his case.
Lanchkhuti Organization of the Georgian Dream vs Local Government
There is controversy between Lanchkhuti district organization of the Georgian Dream and local authority.
Part of Tusheti Population Request Seperation from Akhmeta District
Part of Tusheti region population is discontent with the work of Akhmeta district local self-governmental bodies and request establishment of their separate entity. Discontent part of the population is represented by the association Sheep-Breeder from Tusheti and Zurab Murtazashvili is leader of the organization. They say interests of local people are completely neglected. For that reason, they request separation from Akhmeta district and establishment of independent entity. Information Center of Kakheti spread information about it.
“Unity of Judges” Held Meeting on Appointment of Judges
“Unity of Judges” has held the meeting with judges, lawyers and members of civil society in Rustavi.
Amendments Planned to the Criminal Code of Georgia in Connection with Sexual Crime
Amendments are planned into the Chapter of the Criminal Code of Georgia referring to sexual crimes. Concrete formulation of the amendments is not known yet. Representatives of the Ministry of Justice state they are working on the content. Nongovernmental organizations proposed their draft-amendments to the Chapter on Sexual Crimes in the Criminal Code of Georgia.
Freedom House: Georgia Remains 'Partly Free'
Most signs suggest a strengthening of democratic institutions in Georgia, but it still remains among “partly free” countries, according to an annual report by the U.S.-based rights watchdog Freedom House.
Constitutional Court Discussed Ucha Nanuashvili’s Lawsuit
Constitutional Court of Georgia discussed constitutional lawsuit of the citizens Ucha Nanuashvili and Mikheil Sharashidze. The suitors appealed the 1st and 2nd Paragraphs of the Article 110 of the Election Code of Georgia. They believe they are non-constitutional in comparison with the Articles 14 and 28 of the Constitution of Georgia. Namely, the suitors request change in the formation of single-seat election districts for Parliamentary Elections. The defendant in the case was Parliament of Georgia.
Protest of Laituri Residents in Ozurgeti
On January 30, at 11 am, about 200 citizens gathered in the square in front of the Ozurgeti theatre; the protest assembly was organized by the local leader of the Labor Party Davit Mamaladze, who said it was peaceful, non-political warning demonstration to attract attention of the local authority.
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How do you evaluate detention of former Tbilisi Mayor Gigi Ugulava?
-He was arrested for real crime in accordance to the procedural norms -He was arrested for real crime but through violation of procedural norms -He was arrested based on unreal charge for political motives -I cannot answer


Fragile Peace on Balkans
After a long and complicated preparation period, on July 30, we landed in Sarajevo. Despite scary landing caused by bad weather conditions in
Hungry Commission Members and Commission Chairpersons Angry with Observers in Batumi
Seal without Carve and Voter with Two Names in Guria


Triggers of Prisoners’ Mass Protests
Recently, protest of Geguti prison inmates was one of the most urgent topics in Georgian media. Hundreds of prisoners used different forms of
Autumn Fly
Human Rights Center to Monitor Trials on Former Senior Governmental Officials

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