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2009-07-20
Silent Demonstration in front of the Former Building of the Embassy of Russian Federation
On July 19 the representatives of the South Caucasian Network of Human Rights Defenders organized a silent demonstration in front of the former building of the Embassy of Russian Federation.
The demonstration was dedicated to the murder of famous Russian human rights defender Natalia Estemirova.You can see the photo-reportage of the demonstration.
2009-07-20
House of Aunt In Exchange of Niece’s Debt
Mediko Khokhashvili is homeless because of debts of her niece. Tsira Korinteli, the niece, had borrowed 9 300 USD from different people.  She owed 1 050 USD to Irine Kareli out of the total sum.

2009-07-20
Being IDPs for the Second Time
Tsotsonavas, IDPs from Abkhazia, Remain Homeless

 

Law enforcement officers are evicting the Tsotsonavas from their flat in Guramishvili Street # 5, in Tskneti village close to Tbilisi. According to the Court decision, the Muzashvilis are legal owners of the flat in Tskneti. Some of the furniture of the Tsotsonavas already has been taken out of the flat. Guards are in the house.

2009-07-20
Human, Too Human Letter about Inhuman State
The President of Georgia in his interview with a Spanish journalist said: “Experts from European Union assist us in training our policemen but sometimes their trigger fingers itch and they start some quarrels.” Recently, there have been too many clashes in Georgia; and they are initiated by policemen. The law enforcement officers are quarreling because their trigger fingers itch and the president of Georgia does not see anything to worry about.

2009-07-17
Zaza Shatirishvili – Establishment of Liberalism by Violence Led Us to Bolshevism
Interpressnews interviewed Zaza Shatirishvili, Expatriated Scientist, Culture Anthropologist of the Chicago University about the current political situation in Georgia.
2009-07-17
Lawyer Requests Right To Protect Vakhtang Maisaia
Attorney of Vakhtang Maisaia, Natia Korkotadze requests the permission to study the case materials thoroughly. At the press-conference in the Public Defender’s Office the attorney requested to allow her to make copies of the case materials. Natia Korkotadze said that Maisaia does not have any attorney at all and she is acting like a currier.

2009-07-17
Judge Who Did not Satisfy the Request of the Persecutor’s Office Is Persecuted
The Supreme Council of Justice of Georgia prosecutes Giorgi Gogichaishvili, judge at the Kakheti regional court. Judge Gogichaishvili did not satisfy the application of the Kakheti regional persecutor several days ago and replaced pretrial 2-month detention  of Kote Kapanadze, activist of the New Rights, with 20 000 GEL bail.

2009-07-16
Georgian Government Cut Water Supply for Georgians, So How Can Georgians Complain that the Ossetians Cut the Water Supply?
Georgian government is not going to supply Ossetian villages with water

On July 14, residents of the village of Kelktseuli in the Gori district started to gather in front of the district administrative building at 9:30 am. The head of the office worried about the presence of journalists. “Maybe, you will let us to speak with people without cameras,” Kakha Toliashvili asked me. The villagers categorically demanded that we attend the meeting so we were there.

2009-07-15
Human Rights Center prepared Report on Mukhrovani “Mutiny”
 The Human Rights Center prepared report on Mukhrovani “Mutiny” and rallies in spring of 2009 in Georgia. Here is the introduction of the report which shortly describes those issues and problems which are discussed in the report in details. Full English text of the report is available on our website; to read the text you can visit the link:
2009-07-15
Members of the Youth Movement “Why?” Often Have Been Threatened
Giorgi Bekauri is still threatened. Several days ago, three strangers met him near his residence and insulted him.

2009-07-14
TV Imedi Has New Director
Frontline for the government is now in TV Company Imedi. Hence, Giorgi Arveladze, former Minister of Economic Development of Georgia will control the TV Company. He replaced Giorgi Isakadze on the position of the head of Georgian Media Holding. The personnel of the “Imedi TV” connect the replacement with the upcoming elections.

2009-07-14
Mayors Change but Hard Life Continues
“Every mayor promised to support us but we still face old problems."

Six-member family has been renting a flat in Ostrovski street N 100 in Batumi for 21 years already. Their accommodation consists of two sheds with faded paint and damaged wallpaper. The shed is covered with blue canvas which protects the accommodation from rain.

2009-07-13
Soon We Will Have To Pay for Death
Legislative initiative of City Hall – Cemeteries will be taxed

 

Today, representatives of the Labor Party and non-governmental organization “Coalition for Our Rights” held protest demonstration in front of the Tbilisi City Hall. The demonstrators protested new legislative initiative of the Mayor Gigi Ugulava which intends to estimate tax of 20 GEL for one square meter of cemetery.

2009-07-13
Family Requests Protection of their Rights Because of the Death of A Soldier
On August 9, 2008 soldier Levan Ananidze was wounded in the right leg by a shell splinter.. After medical assistance he returned home on sick-leave. Later, on September 15, 2008 he died while swimming in the sea. According to the death certificate, the reason for his death was undetermined. In this circumstance, the family should get insurance for the death of the soldier. The family has not received the sum yet because an investigation started on whether he was a suicide.

2009-07-13
Will Law Prohibit Demonstrations?
The Government Started Legislative Fight against “Provocations” 

The draft amendments to the law on the restriction of manifestations and granting more freedom to law enforcement officers to subdue the protest of demonstrations have become the next reason for political disagreement. The draft amendment to the law was initiated by the members of the parliamentary majority Pavle Kublashvili, Murtaz Zodelava, Kakha Anjaparidze and Lasha Todia.  They aim to introduce changes to three laws and the overall goal of those changes is to restrict the right to protest. The experts say the initiative seems to be a result of the recent experience of the current government.

2009-07-10
Georgia: IDPs in Georgia still need attention
Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC) prepared a report on the situation of IDPs in Georgia. The report describes the difficult conditions of internally displaced people who fled from their places of residence as a result of the armed conflict in August 2008.

2009-07-09
How and Who Spends Funds Allocated for IDPs?
Government of Georgia received huge sums for the accommodation of IDPs. European Union apportioned 10 million Euro. However, people wonder whether the government really spent all the apportioned funds on the accommodation of IDPs. The government of Georgia avoids answering these questions and tries to hide the information.

2009-07-09
12-year-old Tornike Urgently Needs Assistance
Tomorrow, on July 10 the family of Tornike Jabauri will learn the exact day of the operation. He has a broken arm. In order to prevent the process of deterioration of the arm bone, the operation must be done immediately. In the best situation, the deterioration of the arm bone will be stopped. In the worst situation, a donor will be needed to install a new bone into the deteriorated bone. 3,800 GEL is needed for the first variant and 20, 000 GEL for the second one. His family cannot afford the sum because they do not have the money and are not entitled to receive it from the state. Tornike’s parents must rely on the assistance of the state and generous people. If somebody can assist the child, please transfer the money to the following account: People’s Bank BIC 220101476; account number 41 16 73 08 30, or call his father Kakha Jabauri on the number: 8 74 51 57 14.

2009-07-08
The Administration of the Shopping Center “Batumi” Was Evicted Before the Time Specified in its Warning
On June 6 the administration of the Shopping Center “Batumi” was warned to leave the office within 5 days. However, on June 7, at 5:00 pm, law enforcement officers by force compelled them to leave the office.

2009-07-07
CSD Is Watching Journalists and NGOs
 Shalva Imerlishvili
Officers from the Kakheti regional department of the Constitutional Security Department within the Ministry of Internal Affairs are watching representatives of region-based non-governmental organizations and independent journalists. Furthermore, officers of the CSD settled in the flats next to the offices of independent media sources and non-governmental organizations and they record every person who visits the offices. After those people leave the NGOs and media-sources the law enforcement officers demand them the information about their visits.

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