Foreign Media about Georgia
Mentally Disabled Person Was Deprived of Pension
July 30, 2007
Naira Tsartsidze, who complains about several diseases, has remained without pension. She received the allowance for three years.
Public School # 125 Will Be Forfeited to School Optimization
July 25, 2007
Process of school optimization is too painful in Georgia. Teachers are losing their jobs, pupils will have to walk long distance to get to school and parents will have to give their children enough money to travel to school by bus. Teachers claim that officially schools are being closed down because of optimization, however real situation is different.
Residential Houses of Chakvi Population Will Soon Be Dismantled
July 24, 2007
According to the resolution of the Kobuleti Municipality, 173 residential houses in the area of the small town of Chakvi will be deconstructed in the nearest future. Those people who are threatened to remain homeless applied to the Human Rights Center (HRIDC) for help. The number of the people reached 1000.
“Books from Kutaisi” Remain Homeless
July 24, 2007
“On July 26, Kutaisi residents will witness unprecedented fact. The police will carry out books from the shop into the street and close the door in front of us. They have postponed the eviction twice but on July 26 final term expires. As for these books they will remain in the street. We do not have any place to take them for some time. There is only one book-shop in Kutaisi which has sixty-year-long history. However, the shop is about to stop its existence,” said Jemal Svanidze, Director of the Kutaisi Book-shop # 1 in his conversation with the Human Rights Center’s (HRIDC) Kutaisi Office.
Illegally Evicted Family Lives in Garage
July 24, 2007
The executor of the court evicted the family of Ednar Beridze from their flat in Khimshiashvili Street # 94 and they have sheltered into a neighbor’s garage for more than a month. The family is afraid of being evicted from their temporary shelter too because the authority is actively dismantling garages. Nikoloz Gegeshidze, the lawyer for the victim family, said that the Beridzes are illegally evicted from the falt. The court will soon discuss their case.
Sport Academy Is About to Be Sold
July 19, 2007
Protest demonstrations have been held for a week already to protect Sport Academy from abolishment. According to the decision of the Ministry of Sport, Culture and Monument Protection Academy is going to join Ilia Chavchavadze State University. Students and lecturers of the Academy, as well as veteran sportsmen, claim that the situation will result into a total collapse in Georgian sport and they are not going to give in.
“I Do Not Know Why the Minister Needs To Tell So Many Lies?”
July 18, 2007
High educational institution is about to be established on the basis of Zugdidi branch of the Tbilisi Ivane Javakhishvili State University (TSU). Aleksandre Lomaia, Minister of Education and Gia Khubua, Rector of the State University, informed the employees of the Zugdidi Branch of the University about the decision when they arrived in Zugdidi.
Political Leaders Assess “Sorry Campaign”
July 17, 2007
Political leaders made comments on the “Sorry Campaign” initiated by the Human Rights Center. Some of them cannot see any problems in apology while others think that the center started the campaign to gain some grants. There are people who think that the campaign will have bad influence on peace-keeping talks.
State Deceived Small Entrepreneurs
July 16, 2007
Although the Georgian Parliament introduced amendments to the Law on Privatization of State Property, it is not followed in Adjara. Those amendments stated that “enterprise, located in the Autonomous Republic of Adjara, with total price of 100 thousand lari, will be privatized by its employees. Those enterprises have either domestic profile or work in public nutrition.” Representatives of the Ministry of Finances and Economics of Adjara stated that enterprises mentioned in the draft law do not exist in the autonomous republic. Consequently, the Ministry refused nearly 35 small entrepreneurs to purchase their entities and sold them on the auctions. Small entrepreneurs brought suit against the Adjara Ministry of Financiers and Economics at the court.
Cement Kiln Dust-Unresolved Problem for Kaspi Population
July 11, 2007
The problem regarding cement dust is old, though still urgent, because has been impossible to resolve it for many years. Most part of Kaspi population complains about lung and eye diseases.
30 % of Schools Remained Without Directors
July 10, 2007
On July 7 a new stage of the elections of directors started in public schools. According to the Ministry of Education and Science only 70% of candidates were elected by Board Councils. Elections were held through violation of rules in Kakheti Region. Candidates claimed that members of the Board Councils were suppressed by former directors.
Professor at the Tskhinvali University Is Persecuted Because of His Statements
July 10, 2007
Kakha Toliashvili, associated professor for the Tskhinvali State University, is punished because of his article published in local newspaper. University Administration made an administrative resolution to fire Kakha Toliashvili from the University. The professor is accused for having insulted the reforms going on at the university.
Mother of Five Children Went on Hunger Strike in front of the Court Building
July 9, 2007
Mother of five under-age children went on a hunger strike in front of the Gurjaani District Court. Ema Nozadze, an Ossetian woman, a resident of the village of Kitaani, blames local law enforcers for breaching the law. She protests the court decision under which she was bailed for 2 thousand lari.
One More College Is Going to Be Closed in Batumi
July 6, 2007
Students and lecturers of the abolished Batumi State Multifield College are holding protest demonstrations. They demand to maintain their college. Aleksi Chikvaidze, Ministry of Education in Adjara Autonomous Republic stated that several Batumi based colleges were optimized which will have better output in the future. Jumber Tavartkiladze, representative of the People’s Party, organized the demonstration and stated the Ministers are enemies of education.
Promises and Lies of BP and Starving Population
July 5, 2007
In 2004 construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipe-line started. The construction damaged fourteen-kilometers-long irrigation channel in the village of Klde in the Akhaltsikhe District. 375 families irrigated their plots from the channel for many years. The pipe-line crossed the channel three times and damaged it on seven places.
“Sorry” Always Succeeds
July 5, 2007
“Sorry” Campaign-an appeal to Abkhaz people was initiated by the Human Rights Center three months ago. The society had various reactions on the initiative. Considerable part of Kutaisi population appreciates the idea and thinks that-“Sorry” always succeeds.
Sixteen Years in Railway Vans
July 4, 2007
“I will never forget that day in my life. I was at school when earthquake struck. Everybody rushed to the door and gathered in one corner of the yard in several seconds. Then it stopped and children ran home without saying goodbye to each other. Arriving home we saw terrible situation. Our houses were destroyed or cracked and the domestic animals and poultry were running around,” a resident of the village of Sairkhe in the Sachkhere district, Mariam Feradze, recalled the earthquake which happened sixteen years ago.
People protest increased salaries of the high ranking officials
July 4, 2007
Hundreds of nursery schools, culture houses and libraries are closed because of lack of funds in the local budget. Socially excluded people cannot get allowances for the same reason; however chairmen of municipalities and governors have their salaries raised at the expense of above-mentioned changes. Hereinafter the chairmen will receive 1 500 lari and governors will receive 2 100 lari a month. The decision was made at the meeting of local self-governmental bodies and it caused public concern.
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