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“Socar” Is Blamed in Violation of Customers’ Rights
The Kaheti region population protests the increased tariff on natural gas. Locals state that “Socar Georgia Gas” increased the tariff by 10 tetri, and only for those customers who became their subscribers after May 1, 2010.

Parliament Discusses Amendments to the Law on Public Defender
The parliament of Georgia is discussing a draft-law to make amendments and additions to the Organic Law of Georgia for the Public Defender. Until now the public defender has submitted two reports to the parliament each year; after the draft-law is enacted, he will prepare only one report. In addition, there will be a new attorney position created for the purpose of gathering all necessary information from local self-governmental agencies, public agencies and government officials.

Workers of Nikozi Dam Are Victims of Trafficking
Workers employed at the construction of the dam in the village of Nikozi in Gori district have been requesting the salary arrears from the contractor company. The workers met the representatives of the Company “Gola XXI, Ltd” located in Mitskevich Street # 25 in Tbilisi. Journalist of the regional newspaper “Kartlis Khma” (Voice of Kartli region) Giorgi Edisherashvili was video-recording the meeting. The representatives of the company locked the journalist in the room and erased all the materials from the camera.
Moscow Intends to Launch New Information War and to Create Federal Media-Channel in Georgian Language
Moscow was dissatisfied and confused by the word “occupation” used by the US State Secretary Hillary Clinton in her statement about the Georgian-Russian war in August of 2008. Russian analyists loudly announce that the real reason of the current situation is the lost information war with Georgia; analyst of political and military institute Anatoli Chigankov said “Although Russia started the military operation in 2008 only to force peace in Georgia, Tbilisi won the information war,” wrote the newspaper “Resonance” in the article “We Should Admit the Lost Information War with Georgia,” – They started speaking about neutralizing Georgian propaganda and creation of federal media-channel in Georgian language.”
“We Send Cart or Horse for a Doctor or Nurse; We Carry The Dead Person on Tractor”
In the village of Khorshi in Senaki district people have to carry out the dead person by tractor because there is no bridge on the River Zandzga. Children go to school with towels if the river is not flooded and can cross the river on foot. If the river is flooded, children cannot go to school.
Officials of the Education Ministry Compel School Directors to Resign
Director of the Tbilisi Public School # 14 Zviad Miminoshvili is compelled to resign – the member of the Liberty Institute Tea Tutberidze reported about it.
Sauna in Rustavi – “You Can Choose Any of These Girls…”
Sauna with suspicious reputation continues working on the ground floor of the Hotel “Rustavi” in Rustavi city. It is the sauna where the cruel minister of the Rose government Irakli Okruashvili (former minister of interior) carried out special operation years ago. The fact of prostitution was confirmed in the sauna. The law enforcement officers found naked women and their clients in the building. The special operation was video-recorded and the entire Georgia saw them in news programs of the national TV-Channels.
Open Letter of Human Rights Defenders to US State Secretary Hillary Clinton
Coordinator of the South Caucasus Network of Human Rights Defenders in Armenia Mika Danelian handed the open letter of the Georgian and Azerbaijan human rights defenders to the US State Secretary Hillary Clinton at the US Embassy together with the letter of the Armenian human rights defenders. On July 5, representative of the Armenian Helsinki Association Mika Danelian was invited to the meeting with Hillary Clinton in Yerevan together with two more members of the South Caucasus Network of Human Rights Defenders –Artur Sakunts and Levon Barsagian.

We publish the full text of the open letter of Georgian human rights defenders:
How to prevent another war in the Southern Caucasus
After Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's recent visit, the Obama administration wants to prove it has a strategy to deepen ties with allies such as Poland while it pursues a reset with Russia, so it has sent Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on a whirlwind tour of Central and Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus. The trip also seeks to blunt conservative criticism that Washington is sacrificing allies for the sake of reconciliation with Moscow.
One Principle to Sell Trunk-Line Gas Pipe-Line and Enguri Hydro Electro Station
Trunk-Line gas pipe-line will not be sold out but it might be managed together with Russia like it is planned for the Enguri Hydro Electro Station (HES). The Prime-minister of Georgia Nika Gilauri tried to convince the society in a strict tone that the gas pipe-line will not be sold. However, he added that it might be governed together with a private company. The former minister of economic development Kakha Bendukidze carried out negotiations about joint management with Russia for many years.  
Trial of Vladimer Vakhania Was Renewed
The trial of the academician Vladimer Vakhania was renewed at the Kutaisi Appeal Court. The attorneys spoke about health conditions of the prisoner and general situation in the prison in their interviews with the journalists. The attorneys state that Vladimer Vakhania was detained according to the government’s order; that he is a political prisoner and it is very difficult to defend him from the unfair judiciary system.
Lia Ratiani: “Teachers Are Discriminated in Georgia”
The number of teachers is drastically reduced at schools. Reportedly, teachers with less than 18 working hours will be dismissed from schools. The ministry of education denies the information and blames the Independent Trade Union of Teachers in spreading similar disinformation.
Kakheti Regional Governor Calls Upon Public Officials to Be More Polite with Journalists
Kakheti regional governor Giorgi Ghviniashvili made comments about the damage of the video-camera of the journalist Gela Mtivlishvili by Dedoplistskaro district governor. The regional governor called upon the public officials to be more polite with journalists.
Davit Tsikarishvili: “If You Have Somebody to Protect You – You Will Stay at School, but If You Do Not Have – You Will Leave”
Despite the opposite claiming of the ministry of education and science of Georgia, the number of teachers is massively reduced at public schools. Minister Dimitri Shashkin said that the number of teachers will not be reduced and the ministry recommends schools to distribute working hours among teachers fairly. The Human Rights Center interviewed the head of the legal department of the Independent Trade Union “Ertoba” Davit Tsikarishvili.
State Gained “TbilAviaMsheni” Back
The JSC “TbilAviaMsheni” (Tbilisi Avia Construction Factory) was assigned to the Defense Minister of Georgia. The head of the purchase department of the ministry Revaz Charbadze reported to the society about it. He said that the enterprise was assigned to the ministry based on the initiative of the factory administration. The Ministry of Defense and the enterprise have successfully cooperated for a long time.
Dedoplistskaro District Governor Seized Video-Camera from the Journalist of the Human Rights Center and Damaged It
Dedoplistskaro district governor Nikoloz Shanshiashvili seized video-camera from the representative of the Human Rights Center and journalist Gela Mtivlishvili and damaged it. Gela Mtivlishvili recorded the part of the road which was graveled only in three places by the funds allocated within the State Rural Program.
How Abkhaz Woman Saved Georgian People from Being Shot
Abkhaz population is minority in the village of Otobaia in Gali district. However, they do not feel themselves different on ethnic grounds. They live like other villagers and have common problems. In the case of necessity, they support their Georgian neighbors.
Court Refused Repressed Citizen to Grant Pension
Lidia Lomtatidze applied to the Human Rights Center for help. Her father Dimitri Lomtatidze was a political victim. Lidia and her brother Anatoli were born when their father was in exile. However, unlike her brother Lidia Lomtatidze cannot receive pension of the repressed person.

Ministry of Hiding Information
Access to public information is one of the most important values of the democratic society. The government is responsible to carry out active policy in this direction and nobody argues about it. However, it is fact that administrative institutions often do not react on the requests on public information.

“A Raid in the Name of Georgia” – a New Documentary Film of the Human Rights Center
On June 30, the Human Rights Center presented a new documentary film “A Raid in the Name of Georgia” in the Cinema House.
The new journalistic investigation of the TV-Studio of the Human Rights Center is about persecution of ethnic Ossetian citizens by Georgian authority.
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Disbelief based on partiality Reality is different
In recent days, Campaign This Affects You has become more active for the society. A new slogan has appeared on the famous label
Fragile Peace in Balkans
Hungry Commission Members and Commission Chairpersons Angry with Observers in Batumi


Forgotten by government veterans
Every year, fewer and fewer veterans of the World War II meet the Victory Day. The society receives information about them only on
Villages of the Hopeless
What happened to Dream of Justice Revival?


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