Young Lawyers Held a Round Table on the Deprivation of Private Property
December 12, 2007
Today, the Georgian Young Lawyers Association (GYLA) held a round table in the framework of Human Rights Week on the “Right to Private Property in Georgia” at hotel “Courtyard Marriott”.
Representatives of the organization introduced a special report on issues concerning private property to the mass media and guests. The report discusses specific cases of the violation of the right to property on which GYLA worked. The report also lists the international obligations of Georgia as well as current domestic legislation on the right to property.
Giorgi Chkheidze, the chairman of the association, stated that the violation of the right to property is one of the principal problems in the country. For example, at the end of 2006 and early 2007, the demolition of famous buildings in the centre of Tbilisi clearly demonstrated the problem. The following buildings have been destroyed: a residential building on Tabukashvili Street # 50-52; a commercial space on Vazha Pshavela Avenue near metro station “Gotsiridze” and shops of the JSC “Mia” in Dadiani Street.
Representatives of the Association claimed that all these buildings have, until now, been registered at the Public Registry as private property. GYLA concludes that these buildings were demolished without any legal justifications. The City Supervision Department did not investigate the case and did not listen to the owners’ arguments.
Chkheidze said that the materials requested from the City Supervision Department did not contain any information on the destruction of the buildings in the city center. The materials only revealed the dismantling of illegal buildings in the suburbs of Tbilisi. Thus, the Association concludes that the City Supervision Department was legally not entitled to destroy those buildings.
Chkheidze added that the law on private property should be improved. One of the main shortcomings of that law is that if a citizen appeals to a court decision, the appeal will not interrupt the process of demolition of the private property.