2010-10-18Ethnic Abkhaz Person Disappeared in Khurcha
The Human Rights Center (HRIDC) reports that on October 9, 2010 45-year-old ethnic Abkhaz Gari Kopua disappeared after crossing the administrative border in the village of Khurcha supposedly by Georgian law enforcement officers; he crossed the border by his car. The witnesses allege that he crossed border in order to deliver the luggage of the local residents. However, Georgian border officers detained him.
2010-10-18Relatives of Vano Merabishvili Misappropriated Property worth Several Million
After the Rose Revolution Nodar Sakuashvili used to host president Saakashvili in Kakheti region. Mikheil Saakashvili used to take honorable guests to his house in Saniore during many years. Nodar Sakuashvili became a privileged businessman during the current authority; mostly it was attributed to the relation between the families of his sister and the minister of internal affairs of Georgia Vano Merabishvili. After the death of Nodar Sakuashvili the relatives of Merabishvili misappropriated almost entire property of Sakuashvili.
2010-10-15Villages in Water
47 families in the village of Bogdanovka in Sagarejo district (Kakheti region) live in unbearable conditions. The basements and ground floors of their houses have been flooded for several years already. The local population has made draining-channels in their houses in order to save their houses from flooding. 10 houses were flooded in the village of Kurdghelauri in Telavi district too. The victims pour away the water from their rooms in turn day and night.
2010-10-15IDPs Dissatisfied with the Quality of the Rehabilitated Houses
As a result of the donors’ conference, 81, 9 million GEL was to be spent on the rehabilitation of the temporary accommodations of the IDPs out of the allocated 4, 55 billion USD. The Municipal Development Fund of Georgia selected the companies as a result of the competition. Like in the entire Georgia, the problems of IDPs are endless in Samegrelo region too.
2010-10-13State Funds Sacrificed to the Football Passion of the Regional Governor and City Mayor
The public officials travel abroad several times a year and they spend funds from the state budget during their trips. The society does not often know the purpose of their travelling. The Human Rights Center (HRIDC) tried to study this problem in Kvemo Kartli region. We requested public information about the official visits of the regional governor Davit Kirkitadze, Rustavi City Mayor Mamuka Chikovani and chairman of the Rustavi city council Kakha Gurgenidze in foreign countries.
2010-10-13Separatists Collected Signatures in Akhalgori District for Geneva Negotiations
On October 8-9, Akhalgori district de-facto administration collected signatures of the district residents for the Geneva discussions. An official from the de-facto administration reported to us they had received similar directives from Geneva. They should attach those signatures to the appeal of Akhalgori district population to the government of Georgia to re-supply them with gas. The de-facto authority of South Ossetia will send the appeals to the presidents of Georgia, the USA and Russia as well as to Eduard Kokoyti and the co-chairpersons of the Geneva negotiations.
2010-10-13Statement of the Non-Governmental Organizations
One More Example of “Zero Tolerance” and “Selective Justice”
Human Rights NGOs undersigned below express their concern regarding the recent judgment of the Tbilisi City Court sentencing 6 youngsters to 3 years and 4 months imprisonment for hooliganism, the fact of which has not been established by reliable evidence, and despite a number of elevating circumstances present in the case. This comes as a particularly harsh sentence in comparison with a pattern of sentences applied e.g., against law enforcement officials who were found guilty of causing deprivation of citizens’ lives. Just to compare: for the murder of Buta Robakidze, 19, the police officer was sentenced to a 4-year-imprisonment (in 2006) and the murderers of Girgvliani, 27, did not even spend the 4 years in prison, being pardoned by the President (in 2009).
2010-10-12Eviction of More Than 5 000 IDPs Contradicted The International Norms
In summer of 2010, more than 5 000 IDPs were evicted from the premises of compact settlement in contradiction to the domestic legislation and international law. In several cases, the alternative accommodation did not satisfy the minimal requirements of normal living conditions. Several IDPs were not offered a new accommodation or compensation at all.
2010-10-12Suspect and Investigator in One Institution – Hammarberg’s Commission Surprised at Inactivity of the Investigation
Alan Khachirov, Aslan Khugaev and Soltan Pliev were last seen on October 13, 2008. Ossetian side blames the Georgian authority in kidnapping the three people. The investigation has been underway for two years. The commission of the CoE Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg concluded that the government of Georgia carries out inefficient investigation. In addition to that, the main principle is breached – the institution suspected in kidnapping is in charge to investigate the fact.
2010-10-12Family Without Social Accommodation Seeks Asylum in Russian Federation
Project “Social Accommodation in Nice Environment” aimed to construct European style residential buildings for the socially disabled people. Nowadays, 52 families live in similar residential buildings in Tbilisi. Several beneficiaries, who were left beyond the “list of the selected,” think that the houses were assigned unfairly. The Kupravas expressed their discontent severely – they started sedentary protest demonstration in front of the former building of the Russian Embassy and requested asylum from the government of Russia.
2010-10-11Passengers of the Missed Train
Debates in “Boell Foundation” On the Draft of Constitution
On October 6th, public discussion was held in Heinrich Boell Foundation on the topic – “Current Constitutional Reform in Georgia.” Moderator Mindia Ugrekhelidze started out with a rhetoric question: “If the current constitution is bad and is changed with new, it should have been changed with better one and if so, why should we wait till 2013 for it to enter into force?! And if the constitution enters force in 2013, why do we want to adopt it in expedited way?!”
2010-10-11Police Officers Beat Director of the Local TV-Company in Stalin Square
After the TV-Company “Trialeti” dedicated most part of its news time to the re-transmitting of the programs of the TV-Company “Maestro” and talk-show “Hot Line”, the journalists and founders of the TV-Company became victims of various oppressions. The last incident occurred on October 7, 2010 in Gori center in front of the TBC bank in Stalin square. The director general of the TV-Company John Nanetashvili was ruthlessly beaten by the patrol police officers in public.
2010-10-11“You have Right to Request Public Information!”
Last week, the world celebrated international day of freedom of information. Though lightly, it was celebrated in Georgia as well. Georgian Young Lawyers Association Kutaisi branch met this date with a report. GYLA is almost the only organization in Kutaisi often addressed by citizens for assistance with requesting the information from different departments.
Giorgi Romelashvili, Zaza Birtvelashvili and Otari Sukhitashvili were members of the same tank crew. All three of them were lost on August 8th of 2008. The tank #406 is lost as well. Hammerberg Commission thinks that the investigation should continue.
2010-10-08Hammerberg Is not Satisfied with the Work of Ministry of Internal Affairs and Vice Versa
South Ossetia de-facto government names 140 ethnic Ossetians to be missing. The representatives of South Ossetia de-facto President and a public defender, Davit Sanakoev state that this number includes not only those lost after the 2008 August war but all the lost people between 1989 and 2008.
2010-10-08Givi Berikashvili’s Relative is Sentenced with Preliminary Imprisonment
Tbilisi City Court Judge Vazha Pukhashvili passed sentence of preliminary imprisonment as a compulsory measure against individual undertaker of LLC “Kidobani” Nino Lortkipanidze, a relative of actor Givi Berikashvili. Nino Lortkipanidze is one of the 18 individual undertakers the case of compulsory measure of whose was discussed on October 7th by the judge Pukhashvili.
2010-10-07Residents of Potskhoetseri Urge for Help
An IDP from Abkhazia Madona Vekua lived in the building for compact settlement in Tbilisi. Two months ago, she was internally displaced once more – the ministry of the IDPs from the occupied territories, refugees and accommodation resettled her from the former building of the Russian military base to Potskhoetseri settlement in Samegrelo region. Madona Vekua complains about her health. There are no conditions to take medical treatment in Potskhoetseri. There is not even a hospital there.
2010-10-07Where Did “Sandra’s Buses” Disappear?
Zviad Khmaladze Is Selling Out Municipal Transportation
LLC “Gortransavto,” which was seized from its owner Guja Berikashvili by the local government, is being urgently sold out on the auction today. Why is the enterprise concerning which the court made decisions beneficial for its previous owner being sold?! Guja Berikashvili doesn’t want to express his position on this issue. But, a lot more interesting is the fact that Berikashvili himself might participate in the auction. Practically, he will have to purchase his enterprise for the second time.
2010-10-07Clinton Renews Call for Russian Withdrawal From Georgia
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has renewed the U.S. call for a withdrawal of Russian forces from Georgia under the accords that ended the two countries' brief war in 2008.
2010-10-07Roman Gventsadze: “I Like Vano Merabishvili but I Cannot Understand the Idea of the “Reasonable Doubt”
“Georgia has not had such a strong minister of internal affairs since 1990s. Vano Merabishvili is the cleverest and strongest person of all ministers I know; he is even better than I was -I once said it and one oppositionist commented on my words: Roman Gventsadze praises Merabishvili because he promoted his son and released his grandson from prison. It is not correct. My son still occupies the same position and my grandson is still in prison,” said former minister of internal affairs of Georgia Roman Gventsadze who likes the current law enforcement system though he does not avoid criticizing of the mistakes too.
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