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.
2017-01-25Dispute between the Kutaisi City Hall and Individual Entrepreneur Will Continue in the Court
Although the new year holidays have finished long ago, the Kutaisi streets are still decorated for new year celebration. Namely, the so-called “figural lights” are still in the streets and nobody knows when they will be dismantled. The reason of the delayed process is sanctioned individual entrepreneur, who won the bid competition to decorate the city for the New Year Holidays in December last year.
2017-01-25Victims are not aware of the commenced investigation in the 2008 August War
International Criminal Court is investigating the alleged war crimes committed during the 2008 August War in Georgia. Human Rights Center sent communication on 193 victims to the ICC. The ICC works based on the Rome Statute and is the first international permanently functioning criminal court, which was established to fight against impunity on grave crimes.
2017-01-24Eka Kobesashvili: “Decisions of the Early Conditional Release Commission Contradict the Law”
Two years are left before the imprisonment term of G.Ch expires. She was placed in the semi-closed prison facility in April 2009 for the illegal purchase-possession and importing of the particularly large amount of narcotic substances. On October 27, 2016, the local council of the Ministry of Corrections gathered to review the cases of the female prisoners but did not satisfy the petition of G.Ch on early conditional release.
2017-01-18One Meal in Rustavi Free Canteen Will Cost 1.38 GEL
Socially indigent families in Rustavi, who received less than 100 000 points from the Social Agency, get meals in the free canteens. The program of the Rustavi municipal administration has been criticized for years. In 2016, because of observed problems, the head of the Rustavi Social Service Agency was sacked from job.
2017-01-14Prisoners Report that Restrictions on Phone Calls Were Cancelled
Inmates of several penitentiary establishments reported Human Rights Center that from January 2017, the prison administrations canceled the restrictions on the phone calls both in high-risk and low-risk facilities. The convicts say the decision was made after Human Rights Center disseminated statement about the problem.
2017-01-12Municipal administrations in Kakheti region cannot name positive outcomes from their delegations’ visits abroad
In 2015-2016, senior officials of the municipal administrations in Kakheti region had 41 visits abroad. In most cases, the purpose of their visits was participation in the anniversaries, cultural or other events, building and enhancing contacts with the administration entities in foreign countries, also participation in the seminars and trainings. None of the municipal administration can name tangible positive outcome from those visits.
2017-01-12“They abandoned almost constructed building”
In Rustavi, semi-constructed building is located on the land with the space of 8-hectares, which was assigned to the Football Federation in January, 2015. That time Minister of Economics and Sustainable Development Giorgi Kvirikashvili presented the new initiative to the media. “The state-owned land will be assigned to the Football Federation and modern football academy will be constructed in Rustavi.”
2017-01-12Several members of the UNM removed from the list of the political party
On January 6, executive secretary of the United National Movement Sergo Ratiani petitioned to the Central Election Commission to remove some of their party-members from the list. Namely, Sergo Ratiani requested removal of: Nino Kalandadze, Eka Kherkheulidze, Petre Tsiskarishvili, Levan Bezhashvili, Dato Kirkitadze, Nugzar Tsiklauri, Omar Megrelidze and Irakli Nadiradze. The executive secretary clarified the decision with the recent situation in the political party.
2017-01-11Chairwoman of the Supreme Court of Georgia Will Support the Survey into the New Rule of Witness Interrogation
Representatives of Human Rights Center met the chairwoman of the Supreme Court of Georgia Nino Gvenetadze and heard her views about the use of the new rule of witness interrogation in practice.
2017-01-11Tkviavi Residents Protested Cutting Down of Hundreds-years-old Trees
Majoritarian deputy from the Gori municipal board from Tkviavi community Temur Giguashvili requests the law enforcement bodies to study the cutting down of hundred-years-old trees in Tkviavi village on January 4, 2017. The board member found out that the territory, where the trees were cut down, was sold in 2011. The private owner started to cut the trees for his commercial interests.
2017-01-10Majoritarian MP Bureau Received Service Car through Procedural Violations
One part of the Gori City Council members speaks about the interference in the competences of the council from the side of the mayor and notes that Zurab Jirkvelishvili assigned the service car of the municipal administration to the bureau of the majoritarian MP Ioseb Makrakhidze before the city council discussed the issue at the session.
2017-01-09Rustavi City Budget Decreased at 4 Million GEL
In 2017, the Rustavi City Council approved the budget in the amount of 34 074 2 GEL while the last year budget was 38 877 3 GEL. The reduced budget impacted both infrastructural and social projects. Last year, the local government planned to spend 4 104 000 GEL on the social programs, this year only 2, 828 million GEL is allocated for the same purpose. The funds for infrastructural projects were also reduced: in 2016, 23, 729 million GEL was envisaged for the infrastructural programs while this year the local authority will spend only 12, 865 million GEL.
2017-01-09Bureau Offices of the Majoritarian MPs Will Be Located in the Building of the Kutaisi City Hall
The bureaus of the Kutaisi single mandate Members of the Parliament of Georgia will be located in the administrative building of the local self-government. The MPs Dimitry Mkheidze and Genadi Margvelashvili applied to the Kutaisi City Hall for the spaces for their bureaus two weeks ago and apparently their request was satisfied. From the new year, people will be able to meet their MPs in the Rustaveli Avenue # 3.
2017-01-06Signagi district former governor and his deputies received salaries even after quitting the job
The Signagi district former governor Ramaz Popiashvili and his deputies, who had their authority suspended in July 2014 due to local self-governmental elections, received salaries in the amount of 10 300 GEL from the budget after leaving the job. 8 000 GEL of it was paid for “unused vacation” that is rude violation of the law.
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