2009-10-15School Teachers Are Compelled To Join National Movement
Teachers of public schools in Kakheti region are compelled to join the ruling party. The teachers say they received directives from school directors. The directors of public schools were instructed by the heads of district educational resource-centers. “Unless we apply to join the National Movement, the directors said our working hours will be limited or we will be fired,” said teachers.
2009-10-15Tax Inspection VS Independent TV Company
Batumi City Court imposed 277 247 GEL on Batumi based independent TV Company TV-25. This is the debt accumulated during the governance of Aslan Abashidze, former head of Adjara Autonomous Republic that was later annulled by the supreme court of Georgia; however, Batumi Tax Inspection demands the TV Company to pay the debt.
2009-10-13Prisoners Die in Custodies Because of Inactivity of Penitentiary Department
The Human Rights Center is concerned about the situation in the detention settings of Georgia. Recently, sick inmates have faced serious problems. The Human Rights Center has studied several cases and you can see them on the following links:
The Human Rights Center calls upon media and non-governmental organizations to be more concerned about the problem.
2009-10-13People of Mamaladze Are Reigning in Tsalka
Ecological migrants, residing in the village of Imera in Tsalka district, blame the current local government for protecting close people of former regional governor Levan Mamaladze. The residents of Imera informed the Human Rights Center that Kartlos Mdzeluri, former head of security guard of Levan Mamaladze before he fled from Georgia, purchased hundreds of hectares of land in Imera illegally; he paid only 60 GEL for one hectare. Local residents claim single mandate MP of the Tsalka district Misha Tskitishvili assisted Mdzeluri to purchase the land at such a cheap price when he was district governor.
2009-10-12Children In Strange House...
According to the UNICEF, children from Shida Kartli region face most problems throughout Georgia. This evaluation was done before the war in August of 2008. The Human Rights Center got interested in the problems of the children who were mentioned in the evaluation of the UNICEF.
2009-10-12Preparations in Advance for Fraud Elections
“The National Movement (the ruling party) is already preparing for fraud elections and will never refrain from achieving its goal. It will use the rudest and dirtiest methods to fraud the coming elections like previous ones. This time, the representatives of the Kutaisi office of the ruling party intends to involve public schools in the campaign and staffs the board of supervisors with its trustees,” said Nato Katamadze, chairperson of Kutaisi office of the Republic Party.
2009-10-09Government Does Not Pay Attention to Border Villages
Tsitelubani is a village in Gori district mostly inhabited with ethnic Ossetians, though it is controlled by Georgian side and Georgian policemen strictly control the entrance to the village.
2009-10-08Georgian TV Report on EU-Funded Mission’s Expert
One of Georgia’s largest national TV stations, Rustavi 2, claimed in its primetime, evening news program, Kurieri, on October 7 that one of the members of group of experts contracted by EU-funded fact-finding mission into the August war, received “fee” from Russia’s state gas monopoly, Gazprom.
2009-10-08“Recognizing Independence of Abkhazia Could Discharge Tense Situation”
Expert of international law Otto Luchterhandt, who participated in the preparation of the report on Georgian-Russian war, spoke about the lessons learned by the war.
2009-10-08Hero of Iraq Ramaz Mandzulashvili Won Trial
Defense Ministry of Georgia lost trial against hero of Iraq Ramaz Mandzulashvili.Last year, Gori district court had different opinion about the case of Ramaz Mandzulashvili but it changed its attitude this year. The Ministry of Defence tried to settle the problem before the court passed judgment but the trial turned out too resonant and the court had to pass verdict against the Ministry.
2009-10-08Court Dismissed the Only Witness from the Court Room
Kutaisi City Court discussed the case on the car-accident which resulted into the death of journalists. The trial was followed with protest demonstration. The victim party – parents of the journalists, blame the court for partiality and urge the local government for help.
2009-10-07Kutaisi City Hall Does Not Release Public Information
Members of the Kutaisi office of the Republic Party copied out the Article 40 of the Administrative Code of Georgia and put them up on the walls of Kutaisi City Hall. They protested the fact that local officials hide public information from society. Members of the Republic Party state that Kutaisi Mayor and officials have got used to ignore requests on public information.
2009-10-07Turkey Considers the Status of Abkhazia
In response to a question as to whether Ankara and Moscow have reached a deal to recognize Abkhazia and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated: “Russia will not enter a deal implying the recognition of Northern Cyprus in exchange for Turkish recognition of Abkhazia” (Zaman, October 4).
2009-10-07Kibar Khalvashi:”Kakheti Regional Governor Misappropriated Our Car”
Businessman Kibar Khalvashi accuses Giorgi Sibashvili, deputy Kakheti regional Governor, in misappropriating the property of his company “Priza”. According to Khalvashi, Sibashvili drives the car which he had taken from the company’s parking area late at night. Sibashvili refuses the statement of the businessman. According to the vice-governor his had borrowed the car from his friend, but he does not say the friend’s name.
2009-10-06Detention Settings of Georgia – Institutions Where Inmates Get Better Or Pass Away
Several commissions and department were set up at the Ministry of Penitentiary, Probation and Legal Aid to assist prisoners; however, their rights are still breached. It is fact that methods of medical treatment of sick prisoners to avoid various infections are ineffective. The working plan of the Ministry is inadequate. Non-hygiene conditions in the cells, poor nutrition and incorrect medical treatment result into various infections like tuberculosis, HIV/AIDs, C hepatitis, etc. Many prisoners and family members of the inmates applied to the Human Rights Center for help.
2009-10-06Teachers Request the President to Keep His Promises
Trade Union of Teachers and Scientists of Georgia celebrated the World Day of Teachers with demonstration in front of the Parliament of Georgia. The reason of their protest was declination of the legislative initiative which was signed by 60 000 teachers throughout the country and then submitted to the parliament in December of 2008. “Honorable salaries for every employee of the educational system, unlimited labor agreements for teachers, putting end to illegal firing of teachers,” these were main demands of the teachers at the demonstration. According to the draft-law teachers requested the government to allocate funds for the trainings, de-optimization of schools and restoration of educational status of nursery-schools.
2009-10-05Georgia Sees Vindication in War Report
TBILISI, Georgia -- If you believe television coverage here, Georgia was fully vindicated this week by an independent European investigation into the causes of its war with Russia last year.
2009-10-05Neither House, Nor Compensation...
Family of Zurab Maisuradze from the village of Meghvrekisi in Gori district fled from the village on August 11, 2008 during the armed conflict. Now, he cannot flee from the kindergarten because the government is not going to reconstruct his house or give compensation. The family with four children cannot live in the house because it was seriously damaged.
2009-10-05“Mr. President, Why Did Your Security Guard Kill My Son?”
The bloody accident that happened in Moscow Avenue in Tbilisi 18 months ago is very similar to the accident that happened in Sharden-Bar three years ago which ended with the murder of 28-year-old Sandro Girgvliani. High-ranking officials of the MIA and wife of the Minister of Internal Affairs participated in the accident three years ago. But on June 11, 2008 30-year-old Vasil Amonishvili was killed by the brothers Berdzenishvili as his mother claims. This murder in Moscow Avenue has not been publicly discussed. One of the brothers was President Mikheil Saakashvili’s security guard and second brother is policeman from Isani-Samgori police department.
2009-10-05Deconstruction of IML Building Was Ceased
During the Soviet Regime the building was built for the Institute of Marxism and Leninism; later it hosted various institutions and last time the Central Election Commission of Georgia was working in it.
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