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Gurjaani population is discontent about the increased prices on food products
The GEL fall had impact on the price of food products. The price of bread and cereals has significantly risen. As we were told in one of the groceries, the price on cereals has increased from 20 to 50 tetri. The cost of flour also raised and it caused discontent of rural population. 
What cases are studied by the prosecutor’s office in Gori City Hall and District Administration
Prosecutor’s office withdrew decisions and financial documents of the past four years from the Gori district administration. The prosecutor’s office is interested in the period of one and half year when United National Movement was in power and two and half years when the Georgian Dream was in power.
Employees of the Company RMG Leave Trade Union – Are they oppressed or not?
On February 26, representatives of the Trade Union of Metallurgy, Mining and Chemical Industry Workers met representatives of the nongovernmental organizations and diplomatic corps. The main topic of the discussion was recent developments in the Company RMG. More precisely, they spoke about the facts of oppression, persecution and coercion against Trade Union members by the Company. 
Angry Victim at Rasul Jafarov’s Trial
On February 24, discussion of the criminal case against Rasul Jafarov, founder of the Human Rights Club, was renewed in the Baku Court on Grave Crimes. The Azerbaijan human rights defender, which was declared prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International, was brought to the court with handcuffs, just like detainees accused of grave crimes. 
Public Defender Requests Investigation into a Fact of Illegal Detention of Citizens
On February 23, 2015, the Public Defender addressed Chief Prosecutor of Georgia with a proposal to start investigation into a fact of illegal detention of three Bulgarian citizens.
Candidate for the Kutaisi City Mayor’s Position Blamed in Financial Machinations
Chairwoman of the Georgian Women’s Party for Justice and Equality Khatuna Matchavariani, who participated in the local self-governmental elections of June 15, 2014 for the position of the Kutaisi city mayor, is blamed in the financial machinations by her party members; they request to impose criminal liability on her. The party members claim Matchavariani falsified signatures on the salary documents and misappropriated their funds.
Karaleti IDP Settlement Will Receive Status of Territorial Entity
There are 480 cottages and 1700 residents in Karaleti IDP settlement. After the IDPs had the spaces registered, the numeration of the cottages changed but they have old numbers in the data base of the Subsidy Agency. 

Investigation started into physical controversy between Gori city council member and citizen
On February 23, an incident occurred between the city council member Ioseb Palelashvili and Beka Batitadze, son of the Ditsi village former attorney Zakaria Batitadze in the office of the Shida Kartli regional administration. It’s unknown what Ioseb Palelashvili and Beka Batitadze were doing at night in the administration building. 

Round Table about Alleged Violation of the Freedom of Religion
On December 15, Human Rights Center organized a round table in the frame of the project “Promoting Freedom of Religion in Georgia.” The project is implemented with financial support of the Canadian Embassy. 
Persecution on political ground continuous
Politically motivated persecution in Sighnaghi district pre-school education institution continues. In 2013, after the director of the institution Nato Usenashvili was sacked, the new director persecutes chief specialist Natia Asanishvili because of her friendship with the previous director. 
At the 6th Annual Assembly of the National Platform chairman and group coordinators were elected
On February 11, 2015 the sixth annual meeting of the Georgian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum was held. 87 member organizations participated in it. 
Presumable 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.
Relatives 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. 
Political 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.

Human 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. 
Vazisubani 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.
President 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.
Inmates 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.
Problem 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. 
The 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. 
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Who shall be punished for the crimes committed during the August 2008 armed conflict?
Russian side Georgian side Ossetian side All parties equally I cannot answer


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


Villages of the Hopeless
I learned about healing water Dzuguri first several days ago. Having searched information, we learned that Dzuguri water is sold near the chain
What happened to Dream of Justice Revival?
Triggers of Prisoners’ Mass Protests

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