2013-01-21Supsa Port—Another of the National Movement’s Bluffs
Before the 2010 local governmental elections, the local government of the Lanchkhuti district, the Guria regional governor and the then-majoritarian MP from the Lanchkhuti district repeatedly spoke about the construction of a port in Supsa. The port’s total area was planned to incorporate 180 hectares. An investment of 750 million USD in the project was planned, and the annual circulation of the port was predicted to be 40 million tons.
2013-01-21False Promises of the Ministry of IDPs from Occupied Territories
About 500 IDP families live in Koda village in Tetritskaro district. IDPs from Eredvi, Tskhinvali and Liakhvi Gorge were resettled there in November-December of 2008. Humanrights.ge visited the settlement at the end of November, 2012 and reported about local problems. Ministry of IDPs from Occupied Territories, Refugees and Accommodation promised them to resolve their problems. However, during our second visit we learned the problems were still unresolved.
2013-01-18Cohabitation in Guria
There are personnel changes in local organizations of the United National Movement [UNM] in Guria region. After the New Year, former or acting governmental officials became leaders of the district organizations of the UNM.
2013-01-18Freedom House: Georgia 'Partly Free', But Back in 'Electoral Democracy' Category
Georgia remains among “partly free” countries, but it has been upgraded to “electoral democracy” in an annual report by the U.S.-based rights group, Freedom House, released on January 16.
2013-01-18Georgia May Pay After Reclassifying 190 Inmates As “Political Prisoners”
Lawmakers in the Georgian parliament are learning there's truth behind the old adage "Be careful what you ask for."
2013-01-17Incident in the Gurjaani District Administration
Representative of the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure Kote Khmaladze insulted Gela Mtivlishvili, journalist of the Information Center of Kakheti (ICK) and forcibly expelled him of the session hall. The incident occurred on January 17, at about 11:00 am in the office of the Gurjaani district administration.
2013-01-17Traders from Zestaponi Request a Return to Old Market
On January 11, traders from the agricultural market Baraka requested a meeting with the majoritarian MP. They urged MP Gogi Kavtaradze to assist them in negotiations with the market’s owner. The traders want to continue trading in the old market and claim they will not work in the new building because of the high taxes, which they cannot afford.
2013-01-16Ministry’s Advisor Says Unless Hydro-Electric Stations Are Constructed in Kazbegi, Darkness of ‘90s Will Return to Georgia
In addition to three under-construction hydro-electric stations (HESes), the construction of seven new HESes is planned in Kazbegi district. Keti Gujaraidze, a policy analyst at Green Alternative, said that the construction of HESes will have a negative impact on the environment and that the construction of so many HESes in one region raises many doubts.
2013-01-15Former Employees of Khoi District Administration Speak about Their Politically Motivated Dismissals
After the new district governor took office in the Khoni district, a reorganization of service offices started at the district administration. Dismissed personnel state that they were fired on political grounds.
2013-01-15Marneuli Has New Interim District Governor
Marneuli municipal board elected Paata Abramishvili of the Georgian Dream to the position of an interim district governor.
2013-01-15Prosecutor’s Office Alleges Homosexuals Were Blackmailed with Video Footage Following Megis Kardava’s Instructions
The Chief Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia presented the scandalous video footage to the media wherein, as the office clarified, confidants of Megis Kardava, former Head of the Military Police Department at the Defense Ministry, had sexual intercourse with male celebrities at secret addresses.
2013-01-15Heavy Snow in Conflict Zone Villages
Roads are often blocked in the villages located near the Tskhinvali region because of heavy snow, creating serious problems for local citizens’ transportation needs. Whilst roads in the Georgian villages of the Gori district, located close to Tskhinvali, are more or less satisfactory, roads in the villages of Kareli and Kaspi districts were last repaired in 1980s.
2013-01-14Georgian Dream Members Occupy District Governor Positions in Adjara
New district governors have been elected in the Shuakhevi and Khelvachauri districts of Adjara. Both are members of the Georgian Dream Coalition. The outgoing governors resigned, claiming that their decisions were based on family problems and their own personal reasons. They declined to provide comments on the situation. Chairmen of the municipal boards in the aforementioned districts do not exclude the possibility of the former governors having been coerced.
2013-01-14Youngest Convicted Left Prison With the Status of a Political Prisoner
On December 21, Parliament of Georgia passed Amnesty Law and about 3 000 prisoners were to leave the penitentiary establishments throughout the country; among them are political prisoners. First wave of prisoners left custodies on January 13 and about 190 prisoners left prisons throughout Georgia. Giorgi Zerekidze was the youngest of them.
2013-01-14Lia Mukhashavria: “Release of Prisoners under Amnesty Law Does Not Carry any Threat for Society”
Interpresnews interviewed Lia Mukhashavria, executive director of the nongovernmental organization Human Rights Priority, regarding legal and political aspects of the amnesty and the goals and causes of recently-launched discussions about constitutional amendments.
2013-01-11Nephew of Minister’s Father-in-Law Appointed Head of General Inspection at MIA
Zviad Jankarashvili, nephew of Tamaz Tamazashvili—father-in-law of Irakli Garibashvili, Minister of Internal Affairs—now occupies the position of Head of General Inspection at the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Additionally, though Garibashvili’s brother-in-law Aleksandre Tamazashvili does not work at the Ministry, he makes decisions regarding personnel changes in police offices and certain public agencies in the Kakheti region.
2013-01-11Who Received Properties for 1 lari from President Saakashvili after Elections
Before Bidzina Ivanishvili’s government deprives authority of direct sale of state properties from President Saakashvili, the President managed and assigned expensive state properties to several companies for 1 lari after the parliamentary elections. GeoLand Ltd is among those companies, where Irakli Ugulava, brother of the Tbilisi City Mayor Gigi Ugulava owns 50% share.
2013-01-10Amnesty Law to Go into Effect on January 12
The new amnesty law will go into effect on January 12, and political prisoners will be the first to leave prisons. Minister of Corrections and Legal Assistance Sozar Subari, Minister of Justice Thea Tsulukiani and Chairwoman of Parliament’s Human Rights Committee Eka Beselia made statements about the new law at a joint press conference.
2013-01-10Office Vehicle Still Serves Lanchkhuti District Former Governor
Lanchkhuti district residents claim the former governor Giorgi Goguadze and his family still drives BMW that belongs to the district administration. Goguadze was National Movement’s majoritarian candidate for the parliamentary elections and still chairs local office of the UNM.
2013-01-10Prosecutor’s Office Sends Case Materials on National Movement’s Assembly Funding to Monitoring Service
The Chief Prosecutor’s Office stated that it has sent criminal case materials on the National Movement’s illicit funding of party assemblies in eleven towns in Georgia to the Financial Monitoring Service at the State Audit Office.
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