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2007-10-31
Deported Lokianis Family Dreams of Traveling to Russia Again
Tension between Georgia and Russia had reached the ultimate level in late September 2006. The number of people deported from Russia was increasing and police were detaining and arresting Georigans in the streets. Several Georgian citizens died as a result of Russian xenophobia. Zhuzhuna and Nodar Lokianis’s family were victims of this deportation.

2007-10-31
The Government and Internal Ministry Threaten Ilia Chachibaia
Ilia Chachibaia, the chairman of the Zugdidi office of the Egalitarian Institute, left the Samegrelo district today. His colleagues took measures to protect him and help him avoid any further provocation. The planned briefing at the Zugdidi office of the Egalitarian Institute was not held, and the group stated that Ilia Chachibaia was targeted because of the briefing.

2007-10-30
Government Failed to Prevent Opposition from Holding a Demonstration in Zugdidi –Dress Rehearsal for November 2
Government failed to prevent the united opposition from holding a demonstration. However, representatives of the establishment successfully used appropriate methods to disperse the demonstration. People, gathered in front of the Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Regional Administration Building, tried to avoid the harassment of young leaders of the National Movement and protected the opposition leaders.
2007-10-30
The “Motionless” Government and the “Active” Sea
In the village of Adlia in the Khelvachauri district, the issue of implementing projects to repair the shoreline has not yet been resolved. Last year a governmental commission was set up by Prime-Minister Zurab Nogaideli to find a resolution to the problem, but has only studied the situation in the district. The only result has been that the ruins of the hotels Medea and Meskheti were thrown on Adlia’s seaside.
2007-10-30
Residents of the Georgian-Ossetian Village of Khurvaleti Recieve no Support for their Demands for Water
The Public School in the village of Khurvaleti in the Gori district risks closure as the number of pupils in the school decreases. Ossetian children attend Ossetian schools because they receive presents there.
2007-10-30
The Power of the Young Generation
“We do believe that a lot of young people will come out in the street and express their opinion openly. They will say loudly that they are not afraid of their murderer government and are ready to resist them. We will inevitably reach our goal: That this murderer government should resign,” states the slogan of the “Youth Movement Against Violence.” Jaba Jishkariani, the leader of the movement, said in his conversation with the Human Rights Center (HRIDC) that the government will fail to frighten the younger generation with violence and arrests. He added, “the government will face much bigger protests instead subduing the youth that will lead them to their final defeat.”
2007-10-29
Self-defense Policy In Kutaisi Prison
Koba Kobakhidze and Mamuka Ninua have been at a law under the Criminal Code of Georgia, Article 19/108 and 19/109 and they are serving their sentence in Geguti coloney. Kobakhidze was imprisoned 8 year, Ninua-10 years. By December 7, 2006 one had to serve 3 years and another one 5 years. But in that day when Kobakhidze and Ninua have been moved from Geguty coloney to the Kutasi Jail an inncident has happaned and their penalty has been extended by 10-10 years.

2007-10-29
“Disgraceful Present”: People Are Made of Fun by Vouchers
“You have received presidential subsidy vouchers,” read a note some Georgians received last week. The President considered the situation teachers face alongside that of pensioners and socially excluded people, sending two vouchers of fifty lari to each group. Voucher holders will be able to use these to pay for electricity and gas until July 1.

2007-10-26
The HRIDC Discloses City Council Corruption in Gori
A document, proving a corrupt deal between the Gori City Council and the suspicious company Galavani 2007, ltd., has fallen into the hands of the Human Rights Centre’s Shida-Kartli Office. Galavani 2007, ltd., won a contract for elements of renovations in and around Gori on August 30, 2007. On September 12, 2007, Prosecutor David Sakvarelidze talked about the company at a briefing. The Prosecutors Office blamed former governor Vasil Makharashvili for illegally transferring 30,000 GEL to Galavani 2007, ltd., which was owned by arrested Governor Irakli Meladze.
2007-10-26
Why is Khobian Irakli Tsurtsumia Protesting and What Made Him Go to the Equality Institute?
The head of the Egalitarian Institute in Khobi, Irakli Tsurtsumia, was released after serving a 57-day sentence in Zugdidi jail №4 and paying a five thousand-lari bail. On August 7th, he was arrested on charges of disobeying the police. Tsurtsumia does not consider himself a criminal and talks about his sentence as Khobi police chief Koba Khubulava’s personal revenge.

2007-10-26
The Prosecutor’s Office is Going to Make an Unprecedented Plea Bargain
“Do not allow the murderers to walk free and commit other murders. Ten criminals are still free and try to bribe law enforcement agencies in order not be to put on trial. I will be forced to sit in front of the prosecutor’s office and go on a hunger strike in order for the state to see what the officials of the prosecutor’s office can do. I hope this can be avoided because of your intervention”, - says Gulnara Zeinklishvili, wife of Temur Tsurtsumia who was killed in Tbilisi two years ago, to the general prosecutor, the president of Georgia, the chairperson of parliament, the public defender and NGOs.

2007-10-25
34 Families Living in the “Gvirabi” (“The Tunnel”) Buildings Stay Homeless
“Can Georgia be called a democratic state? We hope we will not become illegal emigrants”, - says the old man Ramaz Tarieladze.
34 Families living in the so-called “Gvirabi” buildings in the village of Kapandidi, in the Khelvachauri district, were moved to these buildings in 1995 by the government. Today the government of Adjara transferred the mentioned buildings into the possession of the Ministry of Defense without any auction. The families living in the challenging conditions are threatened to stay homeless.

2007-10-24
Former and Current Managers of Kindergartens Continuing To Fight
The scandals around Gori kindergartens are not calming down. The former managers are filing claims with the prosecutor’s office because they argue that current managers illegally work at the schools. The former managers cite the Criminal Law of Georgia’s sections on the abuse of power and appropriation of state property to support their claims of criminal responsibility.

2007-10-23
Young People want to Leave Georgia
The Georgian Green Party has stated, in accordance with sociological polls conducted by IRI-Georgia (International Republic Institute-Georgia), that 38% of young people over the age 17 are ready to leave Georgia. In the opinion of the Green Party, such migration would trigger a rise in politically motivated migration from densely populated countries, placing Georgia at a demographical risk.

2007-10-23
Rain is a Miracle near Akhaltsikhe
“We are gathering the water in big tanks. After keeping it for a long time it stinks and we drink fetid water.” People suffer without water. Outside the town of Akhaltsikhe, there is a small settlement centered around an old railway luggage station. This tiny hamlet has suffered from a lack of water for the last ten years. The railway luggage station is three kilometers away from Akhaltsikhe and people have been living in the area since 1961. The residents of this area wash their laundry with rainwater.

2007-10-23
The Yellow Bus Bilkers: Ticketless Passengers
Why have the yellow bus conductors disappeared? Why don’t drivers sell tickets? More generally, why was it so necessary to set up the ticket system if nobody utilizes them? The Human Rights Centre put these questions to Tbilisi Autobus, ltd.

2007-10-23
The Anaklian Farmers are not Going to Hand Over their Land
The population of the village situated by the Black Sea coast demonstrates in front of the regional municipality building against the attempts to take their land away. The Anaklian population opposes the selling of 25 hectares of land by auction, as they have been using the land for years. The Anaklian farmers are planning to hold a demonstration in Tbilisi in front of the building of the State Chancellery and they are requesting to meet the president.

2007-10-22
Pako Tabatadze May Go to Strasbourg
Since 20-year old Pako Tabatadze was kicked off the reality show “Bari,” he has been busy consulting with lawyers. He is considering legal action against TV station Rustavi 2 because of their violation of his rights. Human rights protectors consider Tabatadze’s expulsion from the show as an issue of direct discrimination. Pako Tabatadze “had not finished his greeting” when he was expelled from “Bari.” 

2007-10-22
The Rights of People Running for the Office of Governor Were Violated in Shida Kartli
The rights of women were violated in the Kaspi Municipality. The Bureau of the Municipality did not even consider the candidacy of Zhuzhuna Tsereteli and Nino Mdzinarashvili for the vacant post of governor, their right to stand for public office has been denied from the beginning on grounds they were not from Kaspi and did not know the Kaspi region. Though, the next day Kakha Khachirashvili was elected as governor, he is neither a resident of Kaspi nor has any official ties to the Kaspi region.

2007-10-18
“It’s Easy to Charge People Like Us”
“My son was charged because we are poor and it is easier to charge us for something. The investigation was led into our direction on purpose,” - said Marina Qamadadze with tears in her eyes, speaking in a Russian-Georgian accent. Her son Malkhaz Qamadadze was charged for attempting to steal a Caucasian puppy. He was sentenced to three years imprisonment and a fine of two thousand lari on 7 August by Batumi Municipal Court judge Nino Vashakmadze. The owners of the puppy are family members of Irakli Tavartkiladze’s, who was the mayor at that time. The former mayor’s father, Teimuraz Tavartqiladze, is considered to be a victim in the case.

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