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2015-12-30
Chairman of the Tbilisi City Court Claimed Resignation of the Chairwoman of the Supreme Court
On December 29, 2015 chairman of the Tbilisi City Court Mamuka Akhvlediani organized a press-conference to present annual report of the Court’s work. Akhvlediani evaluated the developments of the past year and recently implemented judiciary reforms. He said the reform project was not well-organized.
2015-12-25
Residents of Gori District Villages Protest Selling of Reserve Lan
Locals protested sale of the reserve lands in Ditsi village of Gori municipality. According to the villagers, they used the land as pasture. According to Ditsi population, in 1991-1992 when privatization of plots started in Georgia, each family in Ditsi gave up per plot to create reserve land as a pasture in the village. Total space of the reserve land was 124 hectares. 81 hectares of it was privatized by an Indian farmer and the locals protested this fact. 
 

2015-12-24
Criminal Case Launched against Public Servant in Kareli
Kareli ditrict former governor Emiko Peikrishvili, who now works in the bureau of the majoritarian MP from Kareli district, bit big part of Ilia Kelekhsashvili’s ear, assistant to the acting district governor. Internal political argument caused the controversy between the local public servants; verbal dispute turned into physical battle.
2015-12-17
No to Obedient Judges!
On December 15, protest rally was held in front of the office of the High Council of Justice of Georgia, where members of the Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association and representatives of the NGOs unified under the Coalition for Independent and Transparent Judiciary, brought banners and protested participation of the HCJ Secretary Levan Murusidze in the competition of judges.
2015-12-16
Chief Prosecutor: Two Senior GD MPs Questioned in Alleged Influence Peddling Probe
Vice-Speaker of Parliament Manana Kobakhidze and chairperson of parliamentary committee for human rights Eka Beselia have been questioned as part of ongoing investigation into alleged influence peddling in the process of inmates’ pardoning, chief prosecutor Irakli Shotadze said on Monday.

2015-12-08
Problems of granting refugee status to aliens
On December 4 representatives of Human Rights Center held press-conference about the problems of granting refugee status to aliens in Georgia. The human rights defenders presented the cases of Dashgin Agararli, refugee from Azerbaijan on political grounds and Adam Esmurziev, refugee from Ingushetia, Russian Federation.
2015-12-04
Proposal to Chief Prosecutor on Initiation of Investigation into Alleged Offences Committed by Kobuleti Police
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On November 30, 2015, the Public Defender of Georgia addressed the Chief Prosecutor to launch an investigation into alleged ill-treatment and other offences committed by officers of Kobuleti Police of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
2015-12-04
Conditions of Disabled Prisoners in Penitentiary Establishments
Problems related with the prisoners’ rights have been major challenge for the Ministry of Corrections and Legal Aid for many years but state of human rights and conditions of prisoners with disabilities are even harder – reads the 2014 Special Report of the Public Defender of Georgia – State of Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Prison, in Institutions for Involuntary and Forced Psychiatric Treatment.
2015-11-28
Human Rights Center to Defend Interests of Ladi Elikashvili, Beaten by Police Officers
19-years-old Ladi Elikashvili from Dzirkoki village in Gurjaani municipality, accuses head of Gurjaani district MIA department Giorgi Kratsashvili and his deputies Giorgi Darejanashvili, Shota Mosulishvili and Gocha Aptsiauri in his physical assault.
2015-11-19
1237 Amnestied Prisoners Returned back to Penitentiary Establishments
In 2012 Parliament of Georgia, after having overridden the president’s veto, passed the Law on Amnesty. Ministry of Internal Affairs and different fractions of the Parliament of Georgia did not support the amnesty law but with big effort of the parliamentary majority the law went in force.
2015-11-19
After Visiting Georgia, CoE Human Rights Chief Says Further Efforts Needed in Justice Reform
Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, who visited Georgia on November 9-13, welcomed number of “positive achievements”, but also noted that further efforts are needed in justice system reform and in combating intolerance.
2015-10-30
Former Head of Gori Culture Center Appealed to Public Defender
Former director of the Youth and Pupils Cultural-Education Center of the Gori City Hall Aleksandre Valiauri appealed to the Public Defender with regard to human rights violation. According to Valiauri, Shida Kartli Regional Governor Zurab Rusishvili oppressed the city mayor, who then signed the dismissal order on Valiauri.
2015-10-21
Azerbaijan: Time for justice in the case against Leyla and Arif Yunus
Press Release - the Observatory
Geneva-Paris, October 16, 2015 – The appeal trial in the case against Ms. Leyla and Mr. Arif Yunus opened before the Baku Grave Crimes Court on October 12. On August 13, both had been convicted to 8.5 and 7 years jail sentences in a trial that grossly disregarded international standards of fair trial and due process. As the appeal trial is unfolding, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (OMCT-FIDH programme) calls for these outrageous sentences to be nullified.
2015-10-20
Discrepancies in the Process of Appointing Judges Without Competition in August 2015
As the public is already well informed Georgian Legislation enshrines the possibility of appointing current judges at lower, higher or the same instance courts during their tenure period without competition. High Council of Justice (HCoJ) is the body having the discretionary power to transfer judges. According to the information received from the HCoJ in 2011 27 judges were appointed without competition throughout Georgia, in 2012-68 judges, in 2013-26 judges. Unfortunately we did not receive information on the number of judges appointed without competition during 2014.
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