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When the Roma Do Not Apply to the State, the State Shall Come to Meet Them
The Roma are as isolated and marginalized community in Georgia like in other states. The Roma living in Europe have raised their voices for the defense of their rights for a long time already. However, we have not heard their civic protest in Georgia so far. The stereotypes in the society, frequent conflict with the state and the law, living in discriminative and hard social conditions are common problems of the Roma. 
46th day of hunger strike in detention centre
Ramaz Kokoshvili has been on hunger strike for 46th day in Gldani prison #8. Kokoshvili chose this form of protest after the court decided to impose arrest as a preventive punishment on him. Kokoshvili accuses police officers in illegal arrest and physical assault. According to his attorney, Kolpshvili’s health conditions are worrying. After the hunger strike he lost 17 kilos and he does not feel well. 
Isolation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia Complicates Defense of Human Rights
After August 2008 war the state of human rights worsened in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. First of all, the reason is the war, as a result of what thousands people had to flee from their homes from the villages of South Ossetia and Kodori Gorge, which were under the Georgian jurisdiction before August 2008. During military operations militants burnt and destroyed the houses of ethnic Georgians in the Georgian villages of South Ossetia. The people who still live in Abkhazia and South Ossetia still live under high risk of human rights abuses. 
Press-Conference about Malicious Practice in Penitentiary Establishments
On July 6, Human Rights Center and Georgian Bar Association held press-conference to express concern with the malicious practice in penitentiary establishments when prison officers demand the lawyers to present them the notes they made during the meetings with their accused/convicted clients in prison. Leaders of Human Rights Center and Georgian Bar Association call on the Minister of Corrections to get interested in the situation in penitentiary establishments and take effective measures to combat hindering of the attorneys’ professional activities in prisons.
Legal Crisis in Gori Local Self-Governmental Body
Gori city council chairman Ilia Metreveli fired Zaal Gudadze, expert of the infrastructure commission in the Gori City Council on July 8 for the second time. First, Gudadze was fired on June 17 but was restored to the working place within 24 hours.

State Security Service Requests Release of Giunashvili
De-facto law enforcement bodies claim the citizen of Georgia is suspected in terrorist activities. The detainee is resident of Disevi village, Giorgi Giunashvili, born in 1978. According to the information of the de-fact state security committee of the occupied South Ossetia, the detainee has been active member of the illegal armed formations of the Georgian special forces since 2004.
Human Rights Center Calls on the Ministry of Corrections to Deny the Spread Disinformation
Human Rights Center protests the dissemination of false information by the Ministry of Corrections through the news program of TV-Company Imedi on July 6.
Former Prisoner Requests Reimbursement of Damage from the Ministry of Corrections
Former prisoner Paata Pkhovelishvili sued the Ministry of Corrections of Georgia in the Court; he claims 160 000 GEL as reimbursement for moral and physical damage.
Mountainous Village Ziari May Get Deserted
In accordance to the Law of Georgia on the Development of High Mountainous Regions, 1582 settlements in Georgia received status of the mountainous zone. Among them was Ziari village, in Gurjaani district. According to the 2002 census in Georgia, 75 persons lived in the village. Nowadays, up to 30 people live there. As locals say the migration process started after the school was closed in the village.
Children and Transport Safety
Annually, in the world, 186 300 kids die in car accidents that makes over 500 kids per day. In accordance to the report about transport safety prepared by the Analytic Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia, 5 339 car accidents happened in 2012 in which 6 638 persons were injured and 605 – died, 18 of them were kids; 5510 car accidents occurred in 2013 with 7 734 injured and 514 dead, 22 of them were kids. In 2015, 602 kids died in the car accidents. 
Forensic Expertise Has not Returned Body of Dead Person to the Family for Two Years Already
On June 29, Kakheti office of Human Rights Center organized a press-conference about the dragged out investigation into the case of deceased 79-year-old Anzor Garibashvili.
Ossetian side is ready for cooperation
On June 28, parents and relatives of 26-year-old Nika Sagirashvili, who has been missing for one month already, arrived in Ergneti village during the 67th round of the negotiations in the frame of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanisms. They requested the Georgian and Ossetian parties to take concrete measures to identify the whereabouts of the missing man because as the mother claimed her son was in the detention setting in the occupied South Ossetia.
Defense Side Mistrusts Court Judgment
Judge at the Gori District Court Valeriane Pilishvili considered the case of Gocha Avlokhashvili, who was arrested on June 17 in Muskhelishvili street for the disobedience to patrol police officers during the so-called “police raid.” At the court hearing police officers declared that Avlokhashvili verbally assaulted them and disobeyed; consequently he was arrested. Avlokhashvili blames the police officers in the abuse of their power
Thalassaemia – Result of Cousin Marriages
3, 5% of the Georgian population is sick with thalassaemia. Medicians clarify that the disease is inherited and is mostly common among ethnic Azerbaijani population. The reason is so-called cousin marriages.
Rustavi Municipality Mayor Disregards Public Defender’s Recommendation
On May 24, 2016, the Public Defender of Georgia addressed the Rustavi Mayor with regard to issuing a construction permit to LEPL Latin Catholic Apostolic Administration of the Caucasus; however, as it became known on June 15, the Rustavi Mayor disregarded the Public Defender’s recommendation.

Art that is punished
Putting various inscriptions, paintings or symbols on the building facades, window-glasses, fences, columns and trees without the permission from the regulation body is violation of the law and is punishable with administrative fine.
Supreme Court Fulfils Public Defender’s Recommendation
The Supreme Court of Georgia made an unprecedented decision and released Giorgi Geladze, who had been convicted of life imprisonment, following the Public Defender's recommendation.
How Agricultural Insurance Program Works in Georgia?
For the past two months Shida Kartli region was hailed 6 times. Representative of the Ministry of Agriculture in the region Mamuka Lomsadze said the local population has lost almost 80% of their harvest. As locals say, regardless the huge damage, the state assisted farmers only with pesticides and chemicals. The local and central governmental officials suggested them to join agricultural insurance program. The officials claimed the insurance companies will reimburse 100% of their damage.
United National Movement Presented MP Candidates in Telavi and Gurjaani
Leaders of the United National Movement presented Giorgi Botkoveli as a signle-mandate MP candidate in Telavi municipality for the 2017 Parliamentary Elections; Botkoveli was head of the Kakheti regional office of the UNM. The presentation was held in the Nadikvari Park with participation of UNM leaders Davit Bakradze, Nika Melia, Otar Kakhidze, Sergo Ratiani and others.
Will Knolevi Village Get Mountainous Zone Status?
After the armed conflict in August 2008 the population of Knolevi village in Kareli municipality, with 180 families, was almost half-reduced. The locals say people migrate from the village because of hard social-economic conditions. Big part of their agricultural plots and pastures are now in the occupied territory.
“Nobody cares about this village. We have only one field and that is all. A day ago Russians arrested my friend and I managed to escape,” local Giorgi Tsikubadze said.
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They wait for me in Abkhazia
Last time, I visited Abkhazia five years ago. Since then, not a day goes by without thinking about it, without missing the Abkhazian
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