2009-06-23Opposition Representatives Are Persecuted in Khobi Too
The Conservative Party protests the detention of Ioseb Keburia and blames the government for persecuting the opposition on political grounds.
As it was officially reported, on June 17, Keburia was stopped in the street in Khobi and detained for the possession and use of narcotics.
2009-06-22Dismissal Before Labor Agreement Expires
Fired IDP tries to restore justice through court
IDP Nikoloz Garganjia worked at the Adjara branch of Energo-Pro Georgia since it was founded. He had agreement signed until February 2010 but on May 28, 2009 he was fired because his health conditions were not compliable to his duties. Article 37 - “d” and Article 38 Part I and III of the Labor Code of Georgia are mentioned in the decision on his dismissal.
2009-06-22Norwegian Journalist Was Attacked in His Flat
Initially policemen tried to resolve the problem among each other and only after that started to interrogate the victim
Several days ago, Norwegian journalist Ragnar Skre was attacked by masked people in his flat. The attackers did not demand anything from the journalist – neither money nor other things. The only thing the harassers took from his house is a bag with a photo-camera, Dictaphone and wallet in it. The journalist did not have much money in the wallet, only 60 GEL.
2009-06-22The Minister Threatened IDPs with Physical Assault in His Office
Color TV-Set and Black-and-White Reality
IDPs have problems almost everywhere and they are constantly “assisted” however this assistance is ineffective because they permanently have problems everywhere. Very often the assistance is not only ineffective but also imaginary and IDPs claim that it is part of PR campaign largely shown on TV. It is not doubtful that internally displaced people feel very insulted by similar treatment. Several IDPs visited the Human Right Center last week. They complained about their living conditions and consequently, we visited the IDPs residing in the former building of Military Headquarters of the South Caucasus.
2009-06-22Members of Alliance for Georgia Are Persecuted on Political Grounds
Ten members of the Alliance for Georgia have been detained in different regions of Georgia during the last four days. Tina Khidasheli, the leader of the Republic Party which is a member of the Alliance, provided the information. According to her, members of the Alliance in regional offices in Chokhatauri, Lanchkhuti, Tkibuli, Chiatura, Adigeni, Gori and Tbilisi districts were arrested. Khidasheli stated it once more demonstrates that the government continues the persecution of people on political grounds that will lead the country to serious confrontation.
2009-06-22Law Enforcers Did not Accept the Appeals of the Mothers of Detainees
On May 16, 2009 mothers of the detainees organized a protest demonstration close to the Tbilisi Police Main Department. They decided to write an appeal to Valeri Kakauridze, head of temporary detention setting N 2. The mothers expressed their concern about the health conditions of their sons and requested the law enforcers to take the detainees to hospitals. The female demonstrators were concerned because they were not informed about the health conditions of their sons.
2009-06-22Post-Feudalism In Adjara
How Varshalomidzes Got Hold of A Three Story House
Lela Abesadze lived on the third floor of the three story house in Baratashvili Street N 20, Batumi since 1985. She purchased the one-room flat from a private owner. Neither Abesadze nor other residents of the building had any problems before Levan Varshalomidze was appointed as the chairperson of the government of the Adjara Autonomous Republic. His father Guram Varshalomidze lives in the same building.
2009-06-19Court Does Not Discuss the Case on Dispersal of Journalists
On June 14, President Mikheil Saakashvili met the parliamentary majority. During the meeting the president reproached law enforcers who prevented journalists from their professional activities and required to protect the rights of journalists. After the president’s speech some officials apologized for having abused journalists and others. The Ministry of Internal Affairs fired three policemen for assaulting the journalists. Although preventing journalists from their professional activities is considered a crime, not a single policeman was charged up to now.
2009-06-19One More Demonstration To Be Held in Gori
Because of detention of Zaal Gudadze from Alliance for Georgia and Tamaz Tlashadze, supporter of the same party a rally will be organized in Gori. Members of the Alliance plan to hold the demonstration in the yard of the Gori State Theatre. Members of the local branch of the party hope that Tina Khidasheli and Davit Berdzenishvili from Tbilisi office of their party will join them.
2009-06-19The Detainees Are Refused Medical Assistance
Law enforcers are particularly severe towards Vako Grdzelishvili because of his past experience
On June 15, policemen initially dispersed and then arrested demonstrators in front of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Out of 39 detainees only 5 remain in the custody now. The rest were bailed with 400 GEL.
2009-06-16Attack on Media
Yesterday, as a result of the incident near the Tbilisi Police Main Department journalists also were injured alongside the demonstrators. The victimized media-representatives claim that law enforcers targeted on journalists and hunted on them with particular severity in order to destroy the video and photo recordings of the dispersal. Later, when the Ministry of Internal Affairs returned the cameras all materials were deleted from them.
2009-06-16Teachers Are Persecuted on Political Grounds in Regions
In accordance to the Constitution of Georgia and international acts a person shall not be intimidated on political rounds. Nevertheless, district and regional governmental officials, single mandate MPs force teachers and personnel of public schools to write resignation letters and fire them if their political views are not acceptable for the authority. The governmental officials then employ their close people on the vacant places.
2009-06-16Detentions on Political Grounds Continue in Gori
Last night, from 11:00 pm to 12:00 pm Zaal Gudadze from Alliance for Georgia and active supporter of this party Tamaz Tlashadze were detained. Davit Razmadze, head of the Gori office of the political party states that shells were discovered on Zaal Gudavadze; and Subotex was found on Tamaz Tlashadze. However, the case-materials do not provide the drug as evidence. The prosecutor’s office demands the detainees to testify their guiltiness and 4 or 5 thousand GEL as bail from them. The state tries to get that amount of money from the detainees.
2009-06-15Incident Near the Main Tbilisi Police Department
Policemen dispersed the young people gathered in front of the Main Tbilisi Police Department. Tens of young activists of the youth movement were wounded; many more demonstrators were severely beaten; and media representatives also were injured.
2009-06-12Was a Female Journalist Beaten in the Office of the Head of the Police?
Llocal journalists held a demonstration at the Chokhatauri police station and at the editorial office of the Guria News newspaper. The journalists protested that on June 10 Nato Gogelia, a journalist of the Guria News newspaper, was physically assaulted by the employees of the Chokhatauri district department of MIA.
2009-06-12An Officer from the Constitutional Security Department of the MIA Beat A Man
Nika Pachkoria, a participant in the ongoing rally in Zugdidi witnessed how a young man was beaten by officers from the CSD within the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Pachkoria managed to record the incident secretly by video camera and sent the recording to Presa.ge
2009-06-11Present for the Hospitability of the President
In 2005 Levan Akhalauri was head of agriculture department in Telavi District; and he caused damage of 305 000 GEL to the state budget. Despite that Akhalauri was promoted in position. In 2006 he was appointed as an assistant to Telavi district governor; since February 2007 he is chairperson of Telavi Municipality Board. Investigation against him started under charge of abusing professional power however Kakheti regional prosecutor’s office dropped the process because of “lack of evidence of the crime.”
2009-06-10Mythological Success in Historical Kolkheti
Local people smile at regional tours of the President Mikheil Saakashvili. A young man from Poti got in touch with Pressa.ge and reported that during his visit in Poti, Saakashvili opened a closed factory; and he congratulated the local residents the resolution of water-supply problem with the water coming from rubber-tube.
2009-06-10Investor Cannot Pay Salaries to Its Employees
The Lithuanian Company “Akhema Group”, which purchased the JSC “Kakheti Energy Distribution Company” in January of 2009, cannot pay the salaries of nearly 600 employees of the company.
2009-06-09The Sick Man Was Sentenced to 10-year Imprisonment
Although accused Temur Akhmedov is seriously ill, he was sentenced to 10-year imprisonment. While passing the verdict, Judge Vera Dolidze did not consider the resolution of the Minister of Healthcare about postponing the punishment when the accused is ill.
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