2017-02-21Employees of the Georgian Public Broadcaster Have Real Fear that They Will Lose Jobs
On February 17, members of the United Trade Unions and Trade Union of Georgian Media met representatives of the nongovernmental organizations. The parties discussed ongoing developments in the Georgian Public Broadcaster and planned future activities.
2017-02-18Public Defender Evaluated the Situation in the Field of Tobacco Control
“In accordance to the Ordinance # 196 of the Government of Georgia, dated July 30, 2013, based on the data of the World Health Organization, from 9 000 to 11 000 people die annually in Georgia due to active or passive cigarette smoking, of whom 3 000 are victims of secondhand smoke,” reads the special report of the Public Defender of Georgia, which was presented on February 15 in the hotel Courtyard Marriot.
2017-02-16IDPs from Berbuki Settlement
White (9-years-old) cottages, school, kindergarten, which is only 2-years-old, destroyed roads are in the Berbuki IDP settlement where hundreds of IDP families have been living for 9 years already; they are waiting for the answer to the question – who is guilty in the war crimes committed during the 2008 August War. Before the International Criminal Court (ICC) answers their main question, the IDPs recall the days of the August, 2008 with humanrights.ge. It is very hard for them to recall those days though cannot forget either.
2017-02-16Street Trading Was Prohibited on the Ruisi-Urbnisi Highway
Part of the traders trading on the Ruisi-Urbnisi distance of the Tbilisi-Senaki-Leselidze Highway rejected the proposal of the Kareli municipal administration. The senior officials of the local self-government offered them to continue training in the trading center constructed by the Company ATU, which belongs to Bidzina Ivanishvili. The latter assigned the semi-open training center to the Kareli municipal administration as a present.
2017-02-10Participant of Peaceful Demonstration Requests 30 000 GEL from the Ministry of Internal Affairs
On February 8, Human Rights Center held a press-conference in the press-club of the Prime Time. Representatives of the organization and the victim person spoke about the appeal against the MIA, which was lodged to the Tbilisi City Court.
2017-02-08“No Direct Elections Will Be Held for 2018 Presidential Elections”
“The President of Georgia shall be the Head of State of Georgia. He/she shall ensure the unity and integrity of the country and the activity of the state bodies in accordance with the Constitution. The President is the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Georgia. The President of Georgia shall be the higher representative of Georgia in foreign relations,” it is how the Constitution of Georgia clarifies the Institute of President of Georgia and regulates his/her duties and responsibilities. Currently, the Constitutional Commission is discussing the rule of election of the President and consequently defines his/her duties and responsibilities.
2017-02-08“Fresh Air for Children” – Protest Rally in Kaspi
“Restore our right to breath”, “Our streets without cement-transporting trucks”, “government shall support people,” “fresh air for children” – with these slogans, on February 5, protest demonstration was carried out in Parnavaz King Street in Kaspi.
2017-02-07Participant of Peaceful Demonstration Requests 30 000 GEL from the Ministry of Internal Affairs
Today, on February 8, at 11:00 am, Human Rights Center will hold a press-conference in the press-club of the Prime Time. Representatives of the organization and the victim person will speak about the appeal against the MIA, which was lodged to the Tbilisi City Court.
2017-02-05Kakha Samkharadze Became Shida Kartli Regional Governor
Based on the decision of the Prime-Minister of Georgia Kakha Samkharadze was appointed to the position of the Shida Kartli regional governor. On February 3, Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure Zurab Alavidze presented the new governor to the employees of the Shida Kartli regional administration and senior officials of the local self-governments of the region.
2017-02-05Transportation Fee on Public Transport Increased in Gori
The Private Taxi Companies in Gori increased fees on transportation service. Transportation tariff was increased from 1 GEL to 1,5 GEL. The companies connect it with increased price on fuel, which was caused by increased excise payment on oil products based on the decision of the Government of Georgia.
2017-01-31Sozar Subari Presented the New State Policy to IDPs
On January 39, the Minister for IDPs from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia Sozar Subari visited the IDP settlements in Turbaza and in the Hotel Kartli in Gori. He said, in June 2017, majority of IDPs will receive flats. Sozar Subari met those IDPs, who will receive flats in the residential buildings, which are constructed in Kombinati and Tsmindatskali settlements in Gori. They were displaced from Tskhinvali during 1990s armed conflicts.
Information environment in the ethnic minority inhabited regions
On January 27, the Public Defender of Georgia held public debates “Information environment in the regions compactly inhabited by the national minorities” in the Hotel Tiflis Palace. Representatives of state institutions, nongovernmental and media organizations participated in the public debate, which was organized within framework of the EU funded project.
2017-01-30Margvelashvili Pardons MoD Officials Convicted in „Cable Case“
President Giorgi Margvelashvili pardoned on January 27 five former MoD officials convicted for exceeding official powers in the so called „cable case“.
2017-01-30Police Arrests Three for Beating and Threatening Journalist
The Georgian chief prosecutor’s office arrested three persons for beating and threatening Giorgi Gasviani, a journalist and a talk show host at Tbilisi-based Iberia TV, who accused the men of physical assault on December 19.
2017-01-30Gori City Hall Reduced Funding for the Flat-Owners Fellowship
The co-funding of the flat-owners fellowship was considered to be one of the most successful projects of the Gori City Hall. The local self-government commenced the program in 2015 and the City Hall’s contribution in it was 80%; the population covered the rest 20% of the projects. In 2016, the City Hall drafted the budget so that the local authority co-funded the fellowship with 90%.
2017-01-30CEC Summarized 2016 Parliamentary Elections
On January 24, 2017, the Georgian Central Election Commission published the final report on the 2016 Parliamentary Elections. According to the report, the election day was conducted mostly in peaceful environment and voters were free to demonstrate their wills. “However, in the vicinities and nearby territories of several polling stations, we observed some controversies between citizens. Nevertheless, except several cases, the voters were free to demonstrate their will.”
2017-01-30Idea about the Two-Chamber Parliament Contradicts the Constitution of Georgia
“Fulfill your pre-election promise and do not consider removal of the parliament from Kutaisi to Tbilisi. Leave the legislative body in the parliamentary city, which restored its essential function after the parliament was moved there several years ago; in fact, it was revitalized. Do not kill Kutaisi, which is as important city as Tbilisi,” local representatives of the civil society organizations, as well as big part of the city population, reacted to the intention to move the parliament from Kutaisi back to the capital.
2017-01-30Campaign This Affects You about the Initiative on Secret Investigative Activities
Reportedly, the Constitutional Court declared the acting legislation unconstitutional, which regulates secret surveillance and listening. In its decision, the Court stated that creation, possession, administration and use of technical tools for the obtaining of the personal data in real time and ability to have direct access to the personal data with the support of these tools, also copying and retaining metadata by the very same agency, which itself is carrying out investigation increases threat of unreasonable interference in personal life. The Court set Marcy 31, 2017 as deadline for the Parliament of Georgia to make the compliant with the Constitution.
2017-01-26Usury – main income of the Gurjaani municipality single mandate MP Davit Sungulashvili
Majoritarian MP from the Gurjaani municipality Davit Songulashvili gave a loan of 201 300 USD and 641 890 Euro in 2016 and received interest of over 122 000 GEL. Also, on July 6, 2016, he purchased a flat in Tbilisi for 400 000 GEL and a holiday home in Kojori for 120 000 GEL.
2017-01-26Regional Department of the Ministry of IDPs and Accommodation Was Abolished
On January 1, 2017, based on the resolution of the Minister of IDPs from the Occupied Territories, Refugees and Accommodation Sozar Subari, the departments of the Ministry were abolished in Shida Kartli and Samtskhe-Javakheti regions. Three out of seven employees in Shida Kartli regional department were dismissed; two-month contracts were signed with the rest four. One of the four employees is Tsaro Jazakhashvili, who was deputy head of the department and now is specialist, who supervises the flat-distribution process to IDPs in Gori.
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