2009-11-20Georgian Media Often Breaches Rights of the Child
November 19 will mark the World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse and 20th Anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child. In order to find out how Georgian media highlights the issues of the child’s rights, the journalist Zviad Koridze carried out a special survey with the methodological support of UNICEF which requested the journalist to carry out similar survey. The results of this several-months survey were published in spring 2009 though they were not most welcoming. However, the urgent situation in Georgian media has not changed for the better so far. Journalists still breach international standards when working on children’s problems. National media sources tend to have a xenophobic attitude towards various groups of children.
2009-11-18Freedom of Religion Is More Restricted in Georgia
According to the official information, from January 1 till the end of June of 2009, 21 facts of restricted freedom of religion and intolerance occurred in Georgia. Among them 20 cases were related with Jehovah Witnesses. Public Defender of Georgia Giorgi Tughushi thinks that in comparison to previous years the situation in freedom of religion has worsened. According to the public defender, increased number of restricted freedom of religion and intolerance is caused by inadequate reaction of the law enforcement bodies to similar incidents.
2009-11-18Joseph Kay Lost Several Trials about Badri Patarkatsishvili’s Property
London Arbitrage Court confirmed falsification of Badri Patarkatsishvili’s signatures on the documents provided by Joseph Kay. Lasha Birkaia, attorney of the Patarkatsishvili’s family stated about it at the press-conference in the hotel Tbilisi Marriot today.
2009-11-18Ethnic Armenians Are Not Eager To Work in Public Agencies
The ethnic composition of the population in Akhaltsikhe district is the following: ethnic Georgians make 61, 7 % of the entire population and ethnic Armenians make 36, 59 %. It is most updated data prepared by Jonathan Wilt for his report to the ECMI. According to the census of the statistic department for 2002, 47 % of total 45 948 people living in Akhaltsikhe district were Georgians; Armenians made 42 % and ethnic Russians made 6 %. Based on this data we can suppose the results of elections also rely on this data.
2009-11-17A River in a Sarcophage
Short time ago, a governmental official invited people to visit Tbilisi.gov.ge during a talk-show on the Public Broadcasting. This website was prepared to present the general plan of Tbilisi development. The official almost urged people to visit the website and take part in the discussion. Although we could see the map on the very first page, we could not find any public space on the website where we could express our opinion. Furthermore, the plan was posted only in PDF file and we could not find the general plan either in the search either.
2009-11-17Prisoner Survived With the Support of European Court
The Human Rights Center wrote about the prisoner who spent more than one year with poorest health conditions. Despite hepatitis, colitis and psychopathy, medical treatment was provided for him only after the European Court took up the case. The seriously ill person was taken to the central hospital with grave health conditions.
2009-11-17Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park Is Sacrificed to State Project
Quite a large part of the Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park will be destroyed! 500-kilowatt electricity wire shall be stretched across the preserved territory.
2009-11-16Death of Criminal – Next Fact of “Zero Tolerance”
Obscure details of Ucha Godeladze’s death make his family members to suspect that policemen tortured and killed him. The information spread by the TV Company “Trialeti” reinforces their doubts. “In Batumi, the influencial criminal Ucha Godeladze was killed. 35-year-old Ucha Godeladze’s body will be brought to Kareli today. Reportedly, he was killed late last night in Batumi. The law enforcement bodies looked for him for two years. According to the police, Godeladze was an influential criminal and he was wanted. According to local people, Godeladze had lived some time abroad to hide from law enforcement bodies. Yesterday, police tried to arrest him when he was trying to cross the Turkish-Georgian border; he was coming from Turkey.”
2009-11-16Shota Tsanava: “Doctor Cannot Detect a Person Crossing the Border Has H1N1 or Not”
More and more people get ill with H1N1 in Georgia though their number increases slowly. At the moment, 65 people have H1N1 in Georgia but none of them have acute forms of the flu. Most of the people got infected abroad. Consequently, the society is curious why the control is not reinforced at the border and particularly in the airport in order to avoid the danger of epidemics in Georgia.
2009-11-16Non-Governmental Organization Protests Against Current Situation in Pretrial Detention
The non-governmental organization Former Political Prisoners-For Human Rights protests against the current situation in pretrial detention settings. The chairperson of the organization, Nana Kakabadze, said that the situation is very hard in most part of detention settings. There are neither toilets nor central heating; the detention settings do not have yards to walk; inmates cannot preserve hygiene; their nutrition is not well organized. Inmates sleep on boards, or even in several cases on concrete floor. This problem is very urgent for the detainees sentenced to full administrative imprisonment.
2009-11-13Criminal Died In Presence of Policemen – Reason of Death Unclear
The news of the death of So-called criminal “godfather” – influential criminals were famous as “Vor v Vzakone” in Soviet Union – Ucha “Ushangi” Godeladze spread in Kareli district very quickly. The family was informed about the tragedy by Tbilisi Aramiantsi Hospital. Before that, the relatives expected to get new information about Ucha Godeladze from the TV-program “VideoPatrol”. They learned the Special Operative Department of MIA arrested the criminal in Batumi that three days before. The press-center of the MIA usually reports such important detentions to pro-governmental TV-companies. Several days passed, and TV-Stations did not report anything about Ucha Godeladze’s detention. Finally, on September 22, the body of the dead criminal “godfather” was found in the morgue of Aramiantsi Hospital.
2009-11-12Mercy Commission Is Waiting for President’s Permission
The resolution of the president of Georgia on Mercy Commission states that the Commission shall gather twice a year and provide the president with the list of prisoners who can be pardoned.
2009-11-12Chechen Refugee Children without Access to Education
In accordance to the Article 28 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, every state is obliged to ensure accessibility to education for refugees. Right to education is ensured by Law of Georgia on Refugees too. Executive and local authorities are entitled to support refugee children to get education at nursery and public schools. Despite that, refugee children from Chechnya do not go to school.
2009-11-11Memorandum on Enguri Hydro Electro Station Is Still Secret
On November 9, 2009 Tbilisi City Court did not satisfy the request from Georgian Young Lawyers Association, newspaper “Resonance” and Conservative Party. They petitioned to lift the Griffith Secret from the Memorandum on the management of EngurHess between Government of Georgia and Inter-Rao Ues. The decision reinforced the doubt of suitors that there are some unacceptable conditions for Georgia in this memorandum. After the suitors appeal all courts in Georgia, the case will be sent to European Court.
Now he does not have a dog and nine-year-old Ricardo is standing in the street in rain and sun to beg. He stops cars in the street and begs money from the drivers. However, it is difficult to earn money in this way because people rarely stop him in the street now; tourist season has already finished and not many people walk in the streets. Leave it alone, his “occupation” is very dangerous because he begs on the central high-way close to Natanebi village in Ozurgeti district where Ricardo lives and cars drive very fast there.
2009-11-10Caucasus’ frozen conflicts not so frozen, Sokor says
Many foreign experts are concerned today about how Kazakhstan is going to work in 2010 as the OSCE chair. Astana has hosted an international conference to discuss the mission Kazakhstan is going to take on in two months. The range of questions discussed at the conference was broad: regional security, energy, economy, and human rights. Among the foreign speakers invited to the conference was an analyst from the Jamestown Foundation, Vladimir Sokor.
2009-11-09„Out-Of-Date Tobacco Has Been Imported in Georgia“
Quality of produced or imported tobacco to Georgia has not been controlled for three years already. The consumers do not know how healthy, safe and from which quality cigarettes are sold in Georgia and who cares about their health. The Georgian market is not protected from harmful falsified products. The rights of consumers are not protected at all.
2009-11-06“I remember November 7!”
“This day is associated with Blood and Shame…”
On November 2 non-governmental organizations gathered near the TV Company “Imedi” in Tbilisi and presented the plan of protest rallies for November 7, 2009.
2009-11-06Valeri Kopaleishvili: “In Winter Every IDP Will Live in Warm”
Many people face extra problems in winter in Georgia. Upcoming winter is associated with increased electricity bills and general domestic problems for most people in our country. The situation is especially difficult for IDPs and impoverished people. Neither retired people are happy with winter; their pension is lower than living wage. Residents of small villages also face serious problems in winter. In short, for the most part of Georgian population approaching winter is reason for many problems. We inquired whether the state has worked out any special programs for the population for winter.
2009-11-06The Human Rights Center Will Defend Rights of KazTransGas Subscribers
Residents of the 6th Quarter of Vazha Pshavela Avenue in Tbilisi applied to the Human Rights Center for help. The citizens protest the activities of the KazTrasGas which aim to move the gas-meters to the entrances. They claim the pipes used for the purpose do not comply with minimal standards of safety.
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