2014-04-08Report on the protection of human rights and freedoms in Georgia of the Public Defender of Georgia for 2013
This document is the Report of the Public Defender of Georgia for 2013 on the protection of human rights and freedoms in Georgia covering wide spectrum of civic, political, economic, social and cultural rights. Furthermore, it highlights positive and negative trends in human rights area for the reporting period, brings together key recommendations developed by the Public Defender towards various branches of government, the timeliness and degree of fulfilment of which to a great extent will define the establishment of high standards in human rights protection in Georgia.
2014-04-08Human Rights Center Presented Scandalous Letter of the Convicted Teimuraz Gvaradze at the Press-Conference
On April 8, Human Rights Center presented statement of prisoner Teimuraz Gvaradze to media in the press-club of the Prime Time. Gvaradze was member of Ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili’s security guard and serves his imprisonment term in Gldani Prison # 8.
2014-04-02Creeping Occupation Line Now in Khurvaleti
Traveling along Tbilisi-Senaki-Leselidze central motorway, one can easily detect signpost of the so called South Ossetia with wire around it near Khurvaleti village.
2014-04-01Family of the Diseased Prisoner Imposes Responsibility Over Prison Administration
Rozeta Maisuradze, sister of 26-year-old diseased prisoner Avto Maisuradze, claims her brother was tortured. Maisuradze served his term in Geguti Prison # 14 and was about to leave penitentiary establishments in two weeks.
2014-04-01Previously Narrowed Streets Are Now Widened
Three streets are widened in the Old Batumi. Four years ago, those streets were narrowed and the repair works lasted four months. Why did they narrow streets in the past if it was necessary to widen them again? Are Batumi budget funds wasted? – Batumi residents ask.
2014-03-31Gori Municipal Board Supported Version – “One Plus Five”
On March 27, there were five issues on the agenda of the special session at Gori municipal board. First issue referred to administrative-territorial optimization of the district. 25 board members attended the session. 21 of them voted for the initiative and four were against. With majority votes, municipal board adopted “one plus five” format of administrative-territorial optimization.
2014-03-31Public Defender’s Special Report on Human Rights in Conflict Affected Regions
Public Defender’s adviser in conflict regions visited several IDP compact settlements and villages adjacent to occupied territories in Shida Kartli; she listened to problems of local people.
2014-03-31State Elaborated Strategy to Resolve Demographic Problems
With the initiative of the Prime Minister of Georgia, from June 1, 2014, families will receive monthly allowances for the third and next children in the regions of Georgia, where demographic balance is negative. In the mountainous region, families will receive 200 lari and 150 lari in other regions.
2014-03-31Students at Telavi University Request to Postpone Date of Self-Governance Elections at the University
Part of students at the Telavi Iakob Gogebashvili State University request to change the election date of the student self-governance. They said interim president of the self-governance fixed March 28 as an election day individually and candidates did not have enough time to start pre-election campaign.
2014-03-31Family of Diseased Prisoner Waiting for Investigation
Giga Partenadze died in Geguti prison on March 4, 2014. Family members claim he was tortured to death. Chief Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia has already started investigation into the fact. Family members claim the investigation is dragged out and have no access to the expertise conclusion.
2014-03-28Demonstration to Request Reimbursement of the Damage Caused by Natural Disaster
Population of four villages in Gori district request reimbursement of the damage caused by natural disaster in August, 2013. The natural disaster destroyed harvest in the villages of Ditsi, Korda, Arbo and Ergneti (bordering with Tskhinvali region).
2014-03-26This Affects You – Demonstration in Batumi
On February19, demonstration was held in the frame of the Campaign “This Affects You – we are still listened to” in Batumi. Representatives of nongovernmental and media organizations initially gathered in May 6 Park and then marched to Batumi University to request prohibition of illegal, secret surveillance.
2014-03-25Problems in Tbilisi Infant House
Poor access to healthcare, non-adapted environment for the children with disabilities, lack of rehabilitation programs – it is incomplete list of problems, which were revealed in Tbilisi based Infant House during the monitoring conducted by the Public Defender’s Office.
2014-03-21At Akhalgori District Georgian Secondary Schools History Is Taught from Text-Books Published in Tskhinvali
From new school year, South Ossetia’s de-facto education ministry will introduce new Georgian history books in Georgian secondary schools of Akhalgori district and they will be published in Tskhinvali. New course of history lessons will be introduced in the Akhalgori district schools, where Russia will not be presented as “occupant” and “aggressor”. Teachers of local Georgian schools say they were informed about it.
2014-03-21Gori District Administration to Sold Extra Vehicles via Auction
Human Rights Center requested public information how much funds were spent on the fuel for the service cars of the leaders and employees of the Gori district administration. The administration replied that 96 421 lari was spent on the fuel in 2013.
2014-03-21Why Tamar Mearkishvili Was Resigned from the Position of the Youth House Director?
“If you want to live here, you must be silent or complain correctly.” This person loudly complained about all problems in the district; she exposed every perpetrator publicly and who could stand her behavior? So they finally sacked her,” a local teacher told humanrights.ge when unofficially commenting on the dismissal of the former director of the Akhalgori Youth House Tamar Mearkishvili.
2014-03-20Signatures Collected against Illegal Surveillance in Gori
On March 19, peaceful demonstration in the frame of the Campaign “This Affects You – We Are Still Listened To” was organized in Gori like many other cities of Georgia. Participants marched around the city and collected signatures.
2014-03-20Prisoner Mamuka Toliashvili Blames Goga Oniani in Revenge
On March 18, Human Rights Center held press-conference about the case of prisoner Mamuka Toliashvili in the Prime Time’s press-club. In his letter to the organization, the convicted person wrote that he was victim of revenge of the former senior law enforcement officers Giorgi Oniani and Gia Donadze.
2014-03-20Ex-PM Ivanishvili 'Disappointed' in Margvelashvili
Former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili said to he’s “surprised” by and “disappointed” in President Giorgi Margvelashvili.
2014-03-17Muslims from Pankisi Gorge Held Protest Assembly
Muslims living in Pankisi Gorge held protest assembly. They protested unofficially established restrictions for their movement by Georgian MIA. Imam Ayuph Borchashvili from Jokolo village said young people from the Gorge including women are called to the counter-intelligence department and oppressed there.
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