2011-09-30Georgia on Europe’s Mind
LONDON – It is three years since Russia invaded Georgia, and two years since the European Union launched its “Eastern Partnership” (EaP) in 2009. The EaP was conceived before the war, but its implementation was subsequently accelerated to reassure Georgia and its nervous neighbors that the EU opposed any effort by Russia to impose a “sphere of influence” on the region.
2011-09-30Official of Constitutional Security Department States He Was under Temporary Insanity When Committing Murder
Senior operative official of Constitutional Security Department 30-year-old Davit Chotalishvili accused of premeditated murder of two young people and an attempt of premeditated murder of one person gave testimony to the court. According to Chotalashvili, he was under state of temporary insanity when he fired.
2011-09-29Police Threats Countrymen after Protest Rally
On September 3, at the session in Velistsikhe village, Minister of Agriculture Bakur Kvezereli reported to the President of Georgia that 110 000 countrymen in Kakheti region will earn 60 million GEL from their grape-harvest; and the vintage was due to over on October 25. Nevertheless, on September 28, countrymen, complaining about the ongoing vintage process, protested in Old Anaga Village in Sighnaghi district.
2011-09-29“Political Heart Attack” in Geguti Prison
Israeli businessman under arrest Zeev Frenkel has had a heart attack. He had a shunt surgery in one of the new clinics of Kutaisi. As the lawyer of the convict Archil Kbilashvili states the reason of the heart attack was deprivation of medicines sent to the Frenkel. Instead of reaching the addressee, the medicines were left in the doctor’s cabinet.
2011-09-28Member of Dusheti Municipal Council Threatened Participants of Protest Demonstration
Former employees of Dusheti district service office of the Georgian United Water-Distribution Company, who protested in front of the Dusheti district administration on September 27, were summoned to the district administration on the same evening. Member of Dusheti municipal council Zurab Otiashvili told them they had breached the law by holding protest demonstration and informing journalists about it.
2011-09-2818 Million for Pirveli Kavkasiuri
Government of Georgia reduced budget of the Georgian Public Company based on its new resolution; however, Russian “Pirveli Kavkasiuri” (PIK) received additional funds for broadcasting.
2011-09-27Trade Unions to Hold Mass-Scale Action
Georgian Trade Unions is continuing actions for the support of the metallurgists detained on September 15th. On September 26th, the activists and representatives of civil society gathered in Tbilisi and Kutaisi and requested the protection of right of the employees and normal work conditions.
2011-09-27Import of Georgian Text-Books to Azerbaijan Is Banned
In the morning of September 26, an incident occurred on Georgian-Azerbaijan border. Azerbaijan border officers seized Georgian text-books from Elinata Saparova, teacher of the Georgian sector of Aliabadi village public school in Zakatala district.
2011-09-27Expressing Dissimilar Opinion in Parliament Sentenced by Suppression, Scolding and Evoking from Delegation
On September 27th at the plenary session of Parliament deputies Petre Mamradze and Akaki Bobokhidze got in physical argument. Akaki Bobokhidze got mad at the dissimilar opinion of opposition deputy and physically insulted him.
2011-09-26Georgia Adopts a New Law on the Status of Religious Organizations
On July 5, 2011 the Georgian parliament amended the Civil Code in an expedited way, within 5 working days, allowing religious organizations in Georgia to be registered as legal entities of public law. Some experts consider that the Georgian Parliament approved the amendment through violations of the bylaws. They also deem that amendment allows large interpretation of the norm, thus it requests better formulation.
2011-09-26Journalist Shalva Ramishvili and Member of Free Georgia Detained in President’s Vineyard
On September 25, journalist Shalva Ramishvili was detained in the vineyard of the President Mikheil Saakashvili in Kvareli. The journalist visited the vineyard to prepare reportage about it.
2011-09-26Public Defender Addresses Chief Prosecutor of Georgia to Investigate Case of Ill-Treatment
According to subparagraph C of article 21 of the Organic Law on Public Defender, the Public Defender of Georgia Giorgi Tughushi addressed the chief prosecutor of Georgia Murtaz Zodelava to start preliminary investigation regarding the facts of ill-treatment of prisoners in #2 Penitentiary Department.
2011-09-26“Speechless” – War Tragedy Expressed in Silence
On September 23, youth club of the Human Rights House Tbilisi organized screening of Salome Jashi’s documentary film “Speechless” in the book-shop Diogenes. After the screening, head of Union “Sapari,” psychologist Nata Zazashvili led discussion about the film. The participants of the discussion mostly spoke about traumas and conflict, as well as psychological aspects of the military operations.
2011-09-23Georgia VS Russia Number 2
On September 22, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg discussed to accept the Georgia’s intergovernmental application against Russia or not.
2011-09-23Distorting the Russian-Georgian War
The Georgian-Russian conflict over South Ossetia occurred only three years ago, but already it is becoming as mythologized as the Trojan War. Mythical retelling is obscuring what really happened—and that will make it harder for the two sides to make up when the wheel of history turns again and gives them a chance for rapprochement.
2011-09-23Draft of New Electoral Code
Draft of the new electoral code, expected to be approved before the end of this year, was formally initiated in the Parliament on September 19.
2011-09-22Human Rights House Tbilisi Started Peace Week by Meeting with Students
On September 20, the Human Rights House Tbilisi organized discussion at the International Black Sea University about the “Alternative Ways of Conflict Resolution” together with the Social Science Club. The HRHT opened the Peace Week with the discussion.
2011-09-21Police Officers or Bandits?
“In Georgia, police officers do not accept bribes but Georgian police officers misappropriate strange properties. And corresponding institutions do not investigate similar facts,” said Vazha Mzhavanadze, who applied to the Human Rights Center for help.
2011-09-21Journalist Was Physically Assaulted While Trying to Video Strike
At the territory of hospital construction which is underway by the order of the insurance company GPI Holding the journalist Gela Mtivlishvili was not allowed to film the place. According to the journalist of Kakheti Information Center and the coordinator of Kakheti Human Rights Center Gela Mtivlishvili, he was physically and verbally insulted and they broke his video camera.
2011-09-21The Human Rights House Celebrated International Day of Peace
September 21is International Day of Peace. “International Day of Peace shall be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples… it would be appropriate to devote a specific time to concentrate the efforts of the United Nations and its Member States, as well as of the whole of mankind, to promoting the ideals of peace and to giving positive evidence of their commitment to peace in all viable ways,” the UN Resolution adopted in 1981 states.
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