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2017-10-31
Investor or Mayor – Who will become owner of the administration building in the city center
After Gori city and Gori municipality united, one local self-government body will have two administrative buildings – one in the city center, where Gori City Hall, city assembly and regional governor’s administration were located; and the second in Tchala settlement, where Gori municipality governor’s administration and municipal assembly were functioning. Several months ago, the regional governor’s administration moved to the fourth floor of the building in Tchala settlement.
2017-10-31
Local self-government elections in Kaspi municipality – incident in Samtavisi village precinct
6 candidates fought for the position of the Kaspi municipality mayor in the local self-government elections. According to the preliminary results of the CEC, mayoral candidate of the Georgian Dream – Democratic Georgia Manuchar Merebashvili won the first round. He gained 64,76% of the voters (10 471 votes). UNM mayoral candidate Aleksandre Shakarashvili took the second place with 16, 31% of votes (2 638 votes). Mayoral candidate of the Alliance of Patriots Mamuka Bekauri received 10, 51% of votes (1700 votes). Dimitry Gorgadze of the European Georgia – 5.8% (938 votes); Natia Bakhtadze of the Republic Party – 2% (323 votes) and Nugzar Gagua of the Traditionalists – 0.61% (98 votes). 
2017-10-31
Georgian Coalition for International Criminal Court Resumed Work
Georgian Coalition for International Criminal Court (GCICC) resumed its work. Georgian human rights organizations are united in the Georgian Coalition for International Criminal Court.
2017-10-30
Georgian Dream Withdrew Faked Complaints Back from the Dedoplistskaro DEC
Georgian Dream withdrew its two complaints back from the Dedoplistskaro District Election Commission, where they claimed to re-count votes for the majoritarian elections according to which UNM candidate Avtandil Kharkhelauri defeated the GD’s candidate Giorgi Khumarashvili with 6 votes.
2017-10-30
“Leaders of the neighborhoods” and other peculiarities of the local self-government elections
On October 21, local self-government election was held in Georgia. Local and international observers monitored the election process. Human Rights Center monitored the elections in two regions of Georgia: Kakheti region - in the villages compactly inhabited with ethnic minorities in Sagarejo, Telavi and Akhmeta municipalities; and in Shida Kartli region – conflict-affected villages in Gori municipality.
2017-10-28
Election results and evaluation of the election process in Kareli municipality
According to the preliminary results of the local self-government elections, candidate of the ruling party and acting municipal governor Zaza Guliashvili was elected to the Mayor of Kareli municipality; he received 10 450 votes that made up 65,97% of the voters, who participated in the elections. UNM mayoral candidate Nikoloz Akhalkatsi ranked the second place with 18.73%. Mayoral candidate of the election bloc Bakradze-Ugulava European Georgia Marlen Lomitashvili gained 8.87% of the votes and took the third place. Zurab Kveladze of the Alliance of Patriots received 5.4% of votes (855 votes). Mayoral candidate of the Election bloc Giorgi Vashadze, Unity for New Georgia Genadi Mamagulashvili received 1.04% of votes (164 votes). 
2017-10-28
Second round of local elections to be held only in Khashuri municipality in Shida Kartli region
Eight mayoral candidates participated in the local self-government elections in Khashuri municipality. According to the CEC data, none of them won the elections in the first round. 

2017-10-23
Human Rights Center Evaluates the 2017 Local Self-Government Elections
Observers of Human Rights Center monitored the ongoing local self-government elections in two regions of Georgia: Kakheti region - in the villages compactly inhabited with ethnic minorities in Sagarejo, Telavi and Akhmeta municipalities; and in Shida Kartli region – conflict-affected villages in Gori municipality.
2017-10-21
Preliminary Assessment of the 2017 Local Self-Government Elections
Observers of Human Rights Center monitor the ongoing local self-government elections in two regions of Georgia: Kakheti region - in the villages compactly inhabited with ethnic minorities in Sagarejo, Telavi and Akhmeta municipalities; and in Shida Kartli region – conflict-affected villages in Gori municipality.
2017-10-21
Violations and Tendencies Observed by Human Rights Center
Observers of Human Rights Center monitor the ongoing local self-government elections in two regions of Georgia: Kakheti region - in the villages compactly inhabited with ethnic minorities in Sagarejo, Telavi and Akhmeta municipalities; and in Shida Kartli region – conflict-affected villages in Gori municipality..
2017-10-17
Tradition of torture
Information about the alleged torture and inhuman treatment of Sergo Mamasakhlisi was disseminated on September 27, after the Human Rights Center held press-conference and informed journalists about it. At the same day, Public Defender of Georgia made a statement and called on the Chief Prosecutor to open investigation into alleged inhuman treatment of the accused person.
2017-10-16
Father of Zakaria Kutsnashvili Purchased 30 948 sq. meters on the Telavi Municipality Auction
Cooperative Nafareuli BioWine won the auction of the Telavi municipality administration without any competition and purchased the agricultural land of 30 948 sq. meters in Nafareuli village. The board member and one of the directors of the cooperative is Omar Kutsnashvili, father of the MP Zakaria Kutsnashvili. 
2017-10-15
Human rights defenders evaluate the new rule of witness interrogation
Human Rights Center finalized working on the research – New Rule of Witness Interrogation. The researchers assessed legal acts and statistical data through the methods of descriptive and systemic analysis; this enabled the collection of information regarding the legal regulations of new rule of witness interrogation. Also, lawyer-monitors of Human Rights Center interviewed 50 practicing criminal law lawyers using the written questionnaires. The research revealed negative and positive sides of the new rule, also it identified the problems in the investigative bodies and in the court during the interrogation/questioning of the witness. 
2017-10-10
Family members of Soso Osorauli protested at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The family members and relatives of Soso Osorauli, Georgian military pilot, who is captured in Congo, held protest demonstration in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tbilisi. About 30 persons participated in the protest. 
2017-10-09
The Coalition Reacts to the Statement from the Ministry of Internal Affairs
The Coalition for Independent and Transparent Judiciary reacts to the statement from the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA)[1] regarding the possible mistreatment of the person detained by the Police on September 22.
2017-10-06
Police Dispersed Demonstration in Kvakhvreli
“I was fired on political grounds because I am a member of the ruling political party. Acting municipal governor Davit Oniashvili is the mayoral candidate of the Movement for Construction,” Gela Kapanadze stated after he was fired from the position of the deputy district governor. 

2017-10-05
Representative of the Georgian Dream in Gori Complains about His Politically Motivated Persecution
“I was fired on political grounds because I am a member of the ruling political party. Acting municipal governor Davit Oniashvili is the mayoral candidate of the Movement for Construction,” Gela Kapanadze stated after he was fired from the position of the deputy district governor.
2017-09-28
Victims of domestic violence and their rights
In accordance to the 2014 Report of the Public Defender of Georgia, achieving gender equality still remains a serious challenge in the area of human rights protection in Georgia. Society still lives in stereotypical environment, where in most cases violence against women in families is justified, the number of early marriages is high, women constitute a minority at the level of decision-making and cases of the violation of rights due to gender identity and sexual orientation are frequent.
2017-09-28
Rival of 9 Mayoral Candidates in Gori
There are nine mayoral candidates registered in Gori: Davit Makhniashvili on behalf of the European Georgian, Ioseb Sosiashvili on behalf of the Election Block “Dimitry Lortkipanidze, Kakha Kukava, Democratic Movement –Free Georgia; Revaz Kakhniashvili on behalf of the United National Movement, Tamar Zurabashvili on behalf of the Labor Party, Davit Oniashvili on behalf of the Movement of Construction, Sofiko Apriashvili on behalf of the election block Giorgi Vashadze- Unity for New Georgia, Aliko Lursmanashvili on behalf of the Socialist Georgia – Communists, Konstantine Tavzarashvili on behalf of the Georgian Dream – Democratic Georgia and Nana Khizanishvili- on behalf of the election block For the People – Unity of People.
2017-09-27
Sirana Barbakadze, 86, needs to prove that she is alive
Resident of Vejini village in Gurjaani municipality Sirana Barbakadze, 86, has been trying to prove that she is alive for several months already. She was declared dead 9 months ago and her pension was ceased. According to the TV-Company Rustavi 2, the Social Agency even demanded the family to return 5-months pension to the budget claiming that the retired woman was already dead and the family had illegally received her pension. 
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