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.
2015-01-30Population of Knolevi Village Urge for Help
Knolevi village is the last village within the jurisdiction of Georgian state in Kareli district. After 2008 Russian-Georgian armed conflict the village territory was divided by wire-fence. The plots of locals are now in the occupied territory. The number of people living in the village is reducing every day; the migration intensified since 2008 armed conflict. Several houses were burnt and destroyed in 2008; the war trace is still very vivid in the village.
2015-01-30Human Rights Center in the 2015 Report of Human Rights Watch
World Report 2015 is Human Rights Watch’s 25th annual review of human rights practices around the globe. It summarizes key human rights issues in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide. Human Rights Watch monitors human rights abuses in the countries in close partnership with local human rights organizations; communicates with local governments and international organizations.
2015-01-30Garbage Dump in Gurjaani Create Threat of Epidemics
Garbage dump has been created 100 meters away from the settlement in Mukuzani village, Gurjaani district for 4 years already. Velistsikhe village population uses it for years. Cleaning Service of Gurjaani district administration promised Mukuzani village population to arrange a dump in Velistsikhe village, after which the territory of the dump in Mukuzani will be cleaned. The service did not keep its promise and unsanitary in the Mukuzani dump creates threat of epidemic.
2015-01-29Akhaltsikhe District Court Justified Jehovah Witness
Akhaltsikhe district court found Jehovah witness Lela Shvelidze not guilty. Humanrights.ge published an article about the criminal case launched against her several weeks ago.
2015-01-27Healthcare Ministry Is Late to Send Oncological Patient Abroad for Medical Treatment
22-year-old Meri Nadirashvili has cancer; relatives collected 20 000 euro for medical treatment abroad but her traveling is delayed that means her health conditions get worse. Her parents blame the doctors of the Oncological Hospital in worsening the health conditions of their daughter.
2015-01-26Strategy “Georgia 2020” and Place of the People with Disabilities under the Sun
“I participated in the sport competitions. We contested well but people paid more attention to my wheelchair than to me,” one of my acquaintances with disabilities wrote on his facebook page.
2015-01-26GYLA To Protect Rights of Competition Participants
Opposition part of the Kutaisi city council and nongovernmental organizations protest the results of the test competition for the applicants of the vacant positions in Kutaisi local self-government. The competition has been topic of public interest from the very moment it was announced.
2015-01-26New Interior Minister Appointed
PM Irakli Garibashvili appointed on January 26 Vakhtang Gomelauri as new Interior Minister.
2015-01-26Human Rights Center Calls on the Prosecutor’s Office to Timely Investigate Cases
On January 23 representatives of Human Rights Center held press-conference in the press-club of the Prime Time. They said the Chief Prosecutor’s Office do not investigate cases where signs of crimes allegedly committed by the officers ofpenitentiary system and law enforcement bodies are observed.
2015-01-23Kutaisi Residents Protested Murder of Yuri Vazagashvili
On January 22, Kutaisi residents protested explosion of Yuri Vazagashvili on the grave of his son in Karapila village, Kaspi district on January 20. The protest rally was held in front of the local self-government administration.
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