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2012-12-05
Orthodox Christians Opposed Muslims in Tsintskaro
Local people opposed each other on religious grounds in Tsintskaro village in Tetritskaro district. Situation is still tense in the village. MPs Soso Jachvliani and Viktor Japaridze from majority arrived there to find out situation. They met Svan eco-migrants resettled in the village. During their meeting with locals, MP Viktor Japaridze said if controversy is not resolved, bloodshed is expected.
2012-11-16
NGOs and Nigvziani Residents Negotiate
The nongovernmental organization, Union of Georgian Muslims, held a meeting about recent incidents in Nigvziani village near Ozurgeti; representatives from media organizations in the Guria region and Nigvziani residents attended the meeting.

2012-07-27
Nina Khatiskatsi Dismissed from Transparency International – Georgia
Transparency International – Georgia’s (TI-Georgia) Program Director Nina Khatiskatsi has been fired from her job. Nina Khatiskatsi was the head of a project on electoral process monitoring and made critical statements about the government.
2012-06-13
Story about Converting Daughter of Jehovah Witness into Orthodoxy
Oni district resident Jehovah witness told Human Rights Center that last week her daughter, 13, was converted into orthodoxy without her content. The mother said, teacher of Biology Ina Sherazadishvili took part in the conversion of her daughter without having agreed it with the mother.

2012-05-16
To Punish Public Hate or Not?
Should hate speech be punishable by law?! Lately, this question is frequently heard in Georgia. There are two approaches to publicly declared hate speech in the modern world – the American and the European. According to the European approach, hate speech is a criminal offence and thus not protected by freedom of speech. The American approach, on the other hand, does not impose any punishment for similar action.

2012-05-14
Several Religious Confessions Disagree with Patriarchate’s Statement
On May 10, Representative of the Muslim Department Vagiph Akperov left the working meeting of the inter-religious group in the German House in protest. He was irritated by a statement from Thea Gogotishvili, representing the Patriarchate, about Aziziye Mosque. Gogotishvili said that Sultan Abdul Aziz was killing Christians and the construction of a mosque in his name in Georgia is the same as building a monument in Israel celebrating the Holocaust.

2012-05-08
Civil Society In Expectation of Practical Implementation of the Law
Amendments were introduced to the Criminal Code of Georgia short time ago. According to the new provision, aggravating circumstances will be applied to crimes committed on racial, religious, ethnic, sexual orientation and other discriminatory motives. Experts positively evaluate the law and hope it will act as preventive mechanism for various discriminatory actions.

2012-04-30
Religious Issues in Georgian Media
According to the media-monitoring results carried out by the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs [GIPA], out of religious issues Georgian media mostly reports about Orthodox holidays, construction of new Orthodox Churches and renovation of old ones, events organized by the Georgian Patriarchate and other orthodox ceremonies.

2012-04-25
Religious Minorities in the Labyrinths of Georgian Bureaucracy
Representatives of the Evangelist-Protestant Church allege that the Rustavi City Administration has created bureaucratic barriers for the registration of their chapel in Rustavi. Pastor Giorgi Chitadze spoke about the problem with http://www.religiebi.info/

2012-04-18
Law Prohibits Churches and Chapels in Public Schools but Reality Is Different
There are many people in the school yard. Parents are standing in small groups and impatiently waiting for their children; supposedly the first half of the day is seemingly coming to an end. I am looking for the entrance to the Church located inside the school-building. I can enter the church through this entrance instead of using the main one.

2012-04-10
Persecution of Jehovah Witnesses in Public Defender’s Report
Kareli district prosecutor’s office launched investigation on criminal case under the article of religious persecution several months ago. Orthodox clergyman physically and verbally insulted Jehovah Witnesses.

2012-04-04
Jehovah Witnesses Face Problems Because of Obligatory Military Service
Jehovah witnesses Omar Aznaurashvili and Bondo Javakhishvili faced problems when military commissariat at the Isani –Samgori district administration recruited them to obligatory military service. Aznaurashvili and Javakhishvili are recruits but the Georgian law discharges them from obligatory military service due to their religious faith. Despite that, the Isani-Samgori district administration’s military commissariat has summoned them to serve in the armed forces.

2012-04-01
Taking Liberties, Misusing Power – Human Rights Center’s annual report for 2011
Human Rights Center’s annual report for 2011 “Taking Liberties, Misusing Power” shows the main human rights developments observed in Georgia in 2011. The report reviews legislative changes adopted throughout the year, some of which violate international standards, impose unreasonably strict sanctions, and include vague terminology the interpretation of which could infringe on the rights of Georgian citizens.
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