2016-02-24Human Rights Center to Present the Report – “State of Cultural Heritage of Religious Minorities in Georgia”
2016-02-16Young victim of radical Islamists
“Nobody knows what he is doing in the Vahabit Church, I know one thing – number of Vahabists has significantly increased in the village,” these words cost life for 23-year-old Pikret Ahmedov that he told to one of the Georgian TV-Companies. On December 27, 2015 he was wounded to death. His friend Ramin Isaev is suspected in the murder.
2016-02-14Media-Tour – Monuments of Cultural Heritage of Religious Minorities
On February 9, Human Rights Center organized a media-tour in the villages of Akhaltsikhe and Adigeni municipalities. Journalists of printed media, Radio and TV-companies and online newspapers studied the conditions of the places of worship of religious minorities. Representatives of the regional media also participated in the tour.
2016-02-10Tbilisi Based Disputed Armenian Churches Are On the Edge of Collapse
Nowadays, there are several temples in Tbilisi, which are topic of controversy between the Georgian Orthodox Church and Armenian Apostolic Church. They are: Norasheni Church of Dormition of the Mother of God, Surb Nishani, Mognisi St. George Church, Surb Mina and Shamkaretsi. Nowadays all these temples are on the edge of collapse. All five temples have status of the cultural heritage. Today, only Norsheni Church is being reconstructed.
2016-02-08Orthodox Liturgy Continues in Batumi Catholic Church
Catholics call it Batumi Holly Mother’s Church; the Orthodox call it Batumi Annunciation Church. Its construction started on April 12, 1897 and finished on June 30, 1902. Famous catholic Maecenas Stepane Zubalashvili funded the construction. In 1903, Episcope Baron Eduardo Ropp sanctified the church. In 1937, the soviet government closed the church and arranged a high-voltage sub-station in it. Based on the March 15, 1989 Edict # 240 of the Council of Ministers of the Adjara Autonomous Republic the Batumi Catholic Church was assigned to the Georgian Orthodox Patriarchate under ownership.
2016-02-08“State Has Responsibility to Return Properties Seized during Soviet Period to Corresponding Religious Groups”
Humanrights,ge interviewed the head of the Legal Maintenance Office at the State Agency for Religious Issues Archi Metreveli about ongoing assignment process of the places of worship to religious minority groups and the position of the State about the disputes between the Orthodox Church and other religious groups in Georgia.
2016-02-08Beka Mindiashvili: “Religious Minorities Shall Get Seized Chapels Back through Restitution”
“The best solution will be if the State adopts the law and returns chapels seized during soviet period to religious minorities based on restitution. It is the best lawful way to resolve the ownership issue of places of worship,” head of the Tolerance Center under the auspices of the Public Defender’s Office Beka Mindiashvili told humanrights.ge.
2016-02-02Father Michael: “We Must Achieve Agreements on Common Peace”
Neither Orthodox Church nor Catholic Church considers ownership over the Kutaisi Annunciation Church and Batumi Nativity Church to be disputable. Both claim the churches are their properties. Similar relation is between Armenian Apostolic Church and Georgian Orthodox Church. Humanrights.ge interviewed secretary of the Georgian Patriarchate Father Michael (Botkoveli) about these issues.
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