2013-12-13Progress, Shortcomings Reviewed on Human Rights Day
On the International Human Rights Day, December 10, Public Defender and some rights groups highlighted main trends in Georgia’s human rights protection over the past one year, noting progress, but also pointing at problems and challenges.
2013-12-11Human Rights and Freedoms Situation in Georgia in 2013
On December 10, 2013, Public Defender presented a report on Human Rights and Freedoms in Georgia. The given report represents the initiative of the Public Defender of Georgia to summarize human rights and freedoms situation in the country annually, by December 10.
2013-08-29Controversy between Youth from Matani and Pankisi
On August 18, an incident occurred between Kist and Georgian young people in Duisi village, Pankisi Gorge. Witnesses said the quarrel started in Duisi and then continued in Matani. Locals claim a group of young people from Matani quarreled with the residents of Duisi village in Pankisi Gorge.
2013-08-29Adigeni Municipal Board Decided to Demolish Minaret in Tchela Village
Adigeni municipal board decided to dismantle minaret in Tchela village. Local Muslims will be fined by 200 lari for illegal installation of the minaret.
2013-08-27Mufti – We are humiliated by Tchela incident
2013-08-27Revenue Service Clarified Reasons of Minaret Dismantling
Revenue Service of the Ministry of Finance spread statement about the incidents in Tchela village of Adigeni district. According to the Service, on August 26, Minaret was dismantled for further inspection and after the inspection is over the Revenue Service will install the Minaret in the same place.
2013-08-27Statement of Human Rights Center, Article 42 of the Constitution, Public Advocacy, Media Institute about Dismantle of Minaret by Revenue Service
Human Rights Center, Public Advocacy, Article 42 of the Constitution, Media Institute condemn dismantle of mosque minaret in Tchela village in Adigeni district by Revenue Service on August 26. Nongovernmental organizations are particularly disturbed with the coarse forms used against Muslim citizens during dismantle of the minaret that may be identified as insult of religious feelings.
2013-07-24Traditional Friday Prayers Were Conducted without Local Muslim Residents in Samtatskaro
On July 19, traditional Friday prayer was conducted without local Muslim residents in Samtatskaro Muslim Chapel. Deputy Mufti of Kvemo Kartli region Adam Shantadze conducted the service and only five persons attended it. In parallel to that, police officers were mobilized in several spots in the village. Head of Lagodekhi district police Giorgi Gugunauri and his deputy were in the village too. Representatives of Public Defender’s Office also arrived in the village on Friday.
2013-06-10Marek Dudaev Released
After Bidzina Ivanishvili came in power, two Mojaheds disappeared in Georgia. Mikael Kadoev disappeared late last year when he was transported from Batumi to Tbilisi by the officers of the Counter-Terrorist Center of the MIA. Magamed Magamedov disappeared on April 19. Information Center of Kakheti tried to find out whether the trace of the missing Mojaheds goes towards Georgian MIA.
2013-05-23Two Clerics Charged into May 17 Violence
2013-05-21Mother of Disappeared Mojahed Requests Meeting with Prime-Minister
Human Rights Center calls upon the government of Georgia and international organizations to get interested in the disappearance of Magamed Magamedov. The latter arrived in Georgia in 2012 from Dagestan and requested political shelter here. He was registered in Georgia as asylum-seeker. In 2013 Magamedov disappeared from Tbilisi and nothing has been known about his whereabouts so far.
2013-05-20Violence Against Anti-Homophobia Rally
Deeply entrenched anti-gay prejudice spilled out in violence in the streets of downtown Tbilisi on May 17 as huge angry crowd, led by Orthodox clergy, confronted few dozen of gay rights activists, who wanted to hold a rally to mark the International Day Against Homophobia.
2013-05-15PM Comments on Planned Gay Rights Rally
Sexual minorities are equal citizens of this country and the society will “gradually get used to it”, PM Bidzina Ivanishvili said on Tuesday, when commenting on upcoming rally in Tbilisi center by gay rights activists to mark the International Day Against Homophobia on May 17.
2013-05-10Police secures Identity Press-Conference and Training
Police secured the 10 May press-conference and training held by NGO Identity at Radisson Blue Iveria.
2013-03-25Ucha Nanuashvili: “Unofficial Process of Exchange of Georgian and Ossetian Prisoners Started”
Unofficial process of exchanging ethnic Ossetian prisoners into Georgian people arrested in Tskhinvali prison has already started. Public Defender Ucha Nanuashvili told Interpresnews about it and added that dozens of cases were observed where ethnic Ossetians were targeted to political persecution in Georgia.
2013-03-21Georgians Protest Growing Chinese Presence
The parties aligned in Georgia’s National Front staged a small protest on February 24 against a planned free-economic zone in Tbilisi that will be owned by China’s Hualing Industry and Trade Group.
2013-03-21Stalin's Legacy: Ethnic Time Bombs That Continue To Tick
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