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2009-10-07
Turkey Considers the Status of Abkhazia
In response to a question as to whether Ankara and Moscow have reached a deal to recognize Abkhazia and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated: “Russia will not enter a deal implying the recognition of Northern Cyprus in exchange for Turkish recognition of Abkhazia” (Zaman, October 4).

2009-10-07
Kibar Khalvashi:”Kakheti Regional Governor Misappropriated Our Car”
Businessman Kibar Khalvashi accuses Giorgi Sibashvili, deputy Kakheti regional Governor, in misappropriating the property of his company “Priza”. According to Khalvashi, Sibashvili drives the car which he had taken from the company’s parking area late at night. Sibashvili refuses the statement of the businessman. According to the vice-governor his had borrowed the car from his friend, but he does not say the friend’s name.

2009-10-06
Detention Settings of Georgia – Institutions Where Inmates Get Better Or Pass Away
Several commissions and department were set up at the Ministry of Penitentiary, Probation and Legal Aid to assist prisoners; however, their rights are still breached. It is fact that methods of medical treatment of sick prisoners to avoid various infections are ineffective. The working plan of the Ministry is inadequate. Non-hygiene conditions in the cells, poor nutrition and incorrect medical treatment result into various infections like tuberculosis, HIV/AIDs, C hepatitis, etc. Many prisoners and family members of the inmates applied to the Human Rights Center for help.

2009-10-06
Teachers Request the President to Keep His Promises
Trade Union of Teachers and Scientists of Georgia celebrated the World Day of Teachers with demonstration in front of the Parliament of Georgia. The reason of their protest was declination of the legislative initiative which was signed by 60 000 teachers throughout the country and then submitted to the parliament in December of 2008. “Honorable salaries for every employee of the educational system, unlimited labor agreements for teachers, putting end to illegal firing of teachers,” these were main demands of the teachers at the demonstration. According to the draft-law teachers requested the government to allocate funds for the trainings, de-optimization of schools and restoration of educational status of nursery-schools.

2009-10-05
Georgia Sees Vindication in War Report
TBILISI, Georgia -- If you believe television coverage here, Georgia was fully vindicated this week by an independent European investigation into the causes of its war with Russia last year.
2009-10-05
Neither House, Nor Compensation...
Family of Zurab Maisuradze from the village of Meghvrekisi in Gori district fled from the village on August 11, 2008 during the armed conflict. Now, he cannot flee from the kindergarten because the government is not going to reconstruct his house or give compensation. The family with four children cannot live in the house because it was seriously damaged.

2009-10-05
“Mr. President, Why Did Your Security Guard Kill My Son?”
The bloody accident that happened in Moscow Avenue in Tbilisi 18 months ago is very similar to the accident that happened in Sharden-Bar three years ago which ended with the murder of 28-year-old Sandro Girgvliani. High-ranking officials of the MIA and wife of the Minister of Internal Affairs participated in the accident three years ago. But on June 11, 2008 30-year-old Vasil Amonishvili was killed by the brothers Berdzenishvili as his mother claims. This murder in Moscow Avenue has not been publicly discussed. One of the brothers was President Mikheil Saakashvili’s security guard and second brother is policeman from Isani-Samgori police department.

2009-10-05
Deconstruction of IML Building Was Ceased
During the Soviet Regime the building was built for the Institute of Marxism and Leninism; later it hosted various institutions and last time the Central Election Commission of Georgia was working in it.
2009-10-02
Will the President Be Punished for “Great Diplomatic Victory?”
Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Conflict in Georgia with Heidi Tagliavini as a head published the report on September 30. In the report the government of Georgia is blamed for launching the war. The report also casts responsibilities over Russia and blames it for provoking the conflict, for usage of disproportionate force, ethnic cleansing and for breaching the ceasefire agreement.

2009-10-02
The west is faced with uncomfortable conclusions
What is this report about? The inquiry was commissioned by the European Union in response to conflicting claims from Georgia and Russia about who started the fighting. It concludes that Georgia launched the conflict but Russia helped to provoke it by years of interference.

2009-10-01
14 Families Will Be Homeless After the Varshalomidzes Return to Their Properties
The fate of the families living in Z. Gorgiladze Street N 4, Batumi has been vague for 20 years. They know they should leave the house before 2012 but they do not know where they should go and who should compensate them for their loss of the property.

2009-10-01
Lessons of the Georgia Conflict
A year ago, the European Union helped mediate an end to a war that left 850 Georgians (including South Ossetians) and Russians dead and 138,000 displaced.

2009-10-01
Sense of Guiltiness and Participation
President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili lost both military and political war with Russi.Special fact-finding mission of the EU studied the five-day war between Georgia and Russia and officially concluded what was previously only suspected: Saakashvili was the person who crossed red line in August of 2008 and his action resulted into large-scale hostilities between the two states in South Ossetia.

2009-09-30
Karaleti Residents VS Illegal Constructions
Residents of the Karaleti village protest the construction of the petrol station. Villagers have plots close to the area where the petrol station is being constructed. Although people do not have houses in those plots yet, they received them for the construction of houses in future.

2009-09-30
Politics in Culture
Politics influences every field in Georgia particularly culture though culture workers are not politicians and politicians should interfere in their activities least of all. However, the recent events prove the opposite.

2009-09-30
Prisoner Escaped Death after European Court Took Up His Case
Several days ago Mamuka Ninua, a prisoner, was taken to the Tbilisi Central Hospital from Rustavi prison N 6 after his health conditions had seriously worsened. He has chronic colitis, psychopathia and Hepatitis C. He escaped death with the support of his attorney and the European Human Rights Court. The European Court demanded that the government of Georgia study Ninua’s health condition   and provide him with full medical assistance.

2009-09-30
EU-Backed Report To Split Blame For Russian-Georgia War
BRUSSELS -- A long-awaited report on the causes of the five-day war between Russia and Georgia in August 2008 will split the blame between the two sides, according to EU officials familiar with the document.

2009-09-29
“I Will Make You Disabled and You Will not Be Able to Write Anything in Future”
“I will kill you. I am looking for you and wherever I see you, I will kill you without considering anything. You compelled me to do it. Why are not you leaving me alone? Have not you heard that you should not bother me?” Gogi Nikvashvili, director of Sighnaghi district hospital “Janrmteloba Ltd” threatened the journalist. The chief doctor of the hospital was irritated by the articles we have published about him. Nikvashvili

2009-09-29
Labyrinths of Georgian Judiciary
On June 18 2009 the Tbilisi City Court imposed a 23-year prison sentence on Orest Bokhonko, a citizen of the Ukraine. Bokhonko was arrested at the Tbilisi International Airport on September 27, 2008. While he was detained the Georgian law enforcement officers blatantly violated his human rights guaranteed by the Law of Georgia and international conventions.

2009-09-28
The International Federation for Human Rights FIDH Publishes Report on Political Prisoners in Georgia
The international human rights organization admitted the existence of the political prisoners in Georgia though it was previously claimed only by local non-governmental organizations. FIDH publishes a report which states: There are political prisoners in Georgia.

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