2010-06-14“Nobody Has Right to Treat Us Like Slaves,” Workers Arrested Because of Strike
Protest demonstration of the workers of Kutaisi Metallurgic Factory ended with the detention of 7 people last week. The strikers protested against the poor conditions in the enterprise and against salary arrears; they refused to enter the factory and to continue working.
2010-06-14Attorneys Cannot Meet Their Clients in New Prison
We wrote about the opening ceremony of the new prison # 1 in Rustavi several days ago. According to the plan, the prison was to be opened in 7 months, but the ceremony took place on June 1 under PR-Ceremony of the National Movement and by participation of the president Saakashvili.
2010-06-11Alliance Sues “Thieves of Votes” at the Prosecutor’s Office in Kutaisi
Former single mandate candidate of the Alliance for Georgia Nato Katamadze appeals to the Kutaisi prosecutor’s office and requests criminal investigation on the violations. Katamadze requests to investigate the violation incidents observed during the municipal elections of 2010 and to punish the offenders – so-called thieves of votes.
2010-06-11Georgia's Muddled Elections
Does President Saakashvili really deserve international plaudits for his party’s decisive victory in Georgia’s elections on 30 May 2010? What Jakub Parusinski saw himself, and heard from fellow election monitors, suggests that procedural violations and deliberate fraud were more widespread and organised than first appeared
2010-06-11Municipal Elections in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Region Were Peaceful but Full of Violations
Attempts to vote without IDs, lack of election booths, spoilt marking apparatus – this is short list of the violations which were observed by the observers of the Human Rights Center in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region on May 30 during the municipal elections.
2010-06-11Elections in the Suburb of Kobuleti – With Propaganda of the Ruling Party
I observed the municipal elections at the polling station # 29 in Kobuleti election district # 81. I selected the polling station for several reasons – it was located in the building of the village administration; as for the election HQ of the National Movement, it was opened in the house of the former village governor Davit Inaishvili. Besides that, chairman of the Kobuleti municipal board Sulkhan Takidze is registered as a voter at the precinct. The polling station was situated in the suburb of the election district and the observing organizations paid less attention to it.
2010-06-11USA Considers Situation in Georgia and Poor Democracy in Russia as Failure of US Foreign Policy
The USA considers that situation in Georgia and poor democracy in Russia is failure of the US foreign policy.
2010-06-10“Nationalist” Judges in Protection of Fraud
Tbilisi Appeal Court decided on the arguments about the results of the polling station in Variani village, Gori district in favor of the election administration. More precisely, they did not change the judgment of the judge of the Gori district court and former district prosecutor Nikoloz Marsagishvili. The court was discussing the suit of the observer of the Human Rights Center. In fact, within the limited 4 days, the court demanded the observer to preserve all procedures which are necessary for huge cases prolonged for many years. Instead, they did not envisage the violations which were observed during the counting of votes at the PS.
2010-06-10Workers on Strike Returned to Their Work under Threat of Police
Humanrights.ge published an article about the strike of the workers at the GeoSteel Ltd in Rustavi two weeks ago. The workers claimed they would not stop strike until the factory administration satisfies their requirements. A worker of the GeoSteel told us: “Our main problem is low salaries, and lack of toilets and drinking water in the factory. We work two days and nights per week and our salary is 300 GEL. It is slavery. They know that our country is poor, people have hard lives and they take advantage of our situation.”
2010-06-09Saakashvili Urged Sarkozy Meeting during Six Months
He has been urging Nicola Sarkozy meeting for six months already. The Élysée Palace finally agreed to satisfy the request of the president of Georgia. Leader of Georgia will remain in Paris until Wednesday and prime-minister of Russia, Vladimer Putin, will replace him in France.
2010-06-09Refugees from Chechnya VS UNHCR
Chechen refugees sheltering in Pankisi Gorge blame the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in their discrimination on ethnic grounds. According to the refugees, the UNHCR promised each family to allocate 8-10 thousand USD if they naturalize in Georgia. After this offer, the Chechen refugees declined the refugee status and obtained the citizenship of Georgia; however, the UNHCR did not keep their promises.
2010-06-08Tbilisi City Hall Hides Unreasonable Expenditures
MP from the opposition party Giorgi Tsagareishvili imposes the responsibility for the “criminal” activities of the Tbilisi mayor on the people who voted for Gigi Ugulava on May 30.
2010-06-08President Boasts about Rapidly and Badly Constructed Prisons
New detention setting # 1 of general and strict regime was opened in Rustavi. On June 1, the president Mikheil Saakashvili personally attended the opening ceremony and reminded the invited guests of the situation in old detention settings. “Here criminals ran everything. Inmates did not have food. Everything was sent from outside and the crimes in Georgia were planned from the prison. The prisoners estimated sums for the return of stolen cars; they planned attacks on businessmen. All in all, it was place for anti-sanitary, disorder and illegality in Georgia.”
2010-06-08Ministry Has Not Resolved Problems of IDPs in Former Military Hospital
Initially, 1 500 IDPs were sheltered in the building of the former Russian military hospital in Isani district in Tbilisi. Nowadays, about 600 IDPs live there. 390 of them are so-called new IDPs (displaced as a result of the war in August of 2008) and 210 so-called old IDPs (displaced during the armed conflicts in 1990s). Although more than one and half year has passed since the August war, the IDPs living in this building have not received an IDP status and single money allowance yet.
2010-06-08Kutaisi Car-Factory –Myth or Reality
About one year ago, the president of Georgia announced to the Georgian population on TV that “Kutaisi car-factory will obtain its old functions back. The work-shops will start working, Georgian product will be produced and thousands workers will be employed.” To make his statement more convincing, Mikheil Saakashvili showed a cardboard box with the inscription “Made in Georgia” and called upon everybody to start working in the factory. Thus, the president started to eradicate the unemployment in Kutaisi. A year later, the car-factory looks much worse than ever.
Several complaints were written in Samtskhe-Javakheti region during the municipal elections on May 30, 2010. The Human Rights Center collected data about the ongoing situation in the polling stations throughout the region; the center found out how active the voters were and what the observers said about the elections.
2010-06-07Labor Party, Conservative Party and Party “Freedom” Join Requests of the Public Orthodox Movement
“I am also Orthodox! Come and arrest me!!!” – Public Orthodox Movement (POM) organized a demonstration-briefing at the office of the Liberty Institute on June 3. Their main requests were the release of their members, who were arrested on May 7, and the abolishment of the Liberty Institute.
2010-06-07Adventure of the “Landing Party” Sent to Lagodekhi District
I observed the municipal elections in the polling station of the Kabali village in Lagodekhi district. My first complaint, written at the PS # 18 on the violation of ballot procedures, caused noise. “Do not write complaint! You are irresponsible person. He is captious. Don’t you know other places except Kabali; why have you come only here?” – the chairperson of the polling station Adalat Sardarov was shouting at me. The first complaint was followed by second, third, fourth and finally I wrote 16 complaints only at that polling station.
2010-06-04“If You Do not Stop, Your Father Will Lose Priest Parish”
On May 30, representatives of the Human Rights Center and Transparency International –Georgia observed the municipal elections in several villages of Shida Kartli. The observers actively worked in the village of Didi Ateni, Tiniskhidi, Pkhvenisi, Nikozi and Variani polling stations from the early morning.
2010-06-04“Government Improved Methods of Election Rigging”
2010 municipal elections have become topic of urgent discussions from the very beginning. Despite that, today in Kutaisi, like entire Georgia, the ruling party celebrates the victory. The government assessed the municipal elections as a step towards the democracy like all previous elections. The voters (not to say anything about the opposition parties) have different opinion; they think the reality is completely different – the elections were carried out through serious violations in the country and Kutaisi was not exception at all.
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