2016-10-18“Voice of Azan shall be heard outside the Juma Mosque like in other mosques”
“About 10 years ago, people living around the Juma Mosque in Meidan Square, Tbilisi, complained about the Azan voice transmitted from the mosque (Azan is a pray, which is read only by Imam). Since then, Azan is not heard from the mosque,” ethnic Azerbaijani Javid Gurbanov complained. He attends prayers in the Juma Mosque, located close to famous sulfur baths in the Old Tbilisi Center. Javid said, in the past, the Azan voice was heard in the entire neighborhood, but now it can be heard only inside the mosque because use of amplifiers was prohibited.
2016-06-27Thalassaemia – Result of Cousin Marriages
3, 5% of the Georgian population is sick with thalassaemia. Medicians clarify that the disease is inherited and is mostly common among ethnic Azerbaijani population. The reason is so-called cousin marriages.
2016-02-24Human Rights Center to Present the Report – “State of Cultural Heritage of Religious Minorities in Georgia”
2016-02-16Young victim of radical Islamists
“Nobody knows what he is doing in the Vahabit Church, I know one thing – number of Vahabists has significantly increased in the village,” these words cost life for 23-year-old Pikret Ahmedov that he told to one of the Georgian TV-Companies. On December 27, 2015 he was wounded to death. His friend Ramin Isaev is suspected in the murder.
2016-02-14Media-Tour – Monuments of Cultural Heritage of Religious Minorities
On February 9, Human Rights Center organized a media-tour in the villages of Akhaltsikhe and Adigeni municipalities. Journalists of printed media, Radio and TV-companies and online newspapers studied the conditions of the places of worship of religious minorities. Representatives of the regional media also participated in the tour.
2016-02-10Tbilisi Based Disputed Armenian Churches Are On the Edge of Collapse
Nowadays, there are several temples in Tbilisi, which are topic of controversy between the Georgian Orthodox Church and Armenian Apostolic Church. They are: Norasheni Church of Dormition of the Mother of God, Surb Nishani, Mognisi St. George Church, Surb Mina and Shamkaretsi. Nowadays all these temples are on the edge of collapse. All five temples have status of the cultural heritage. Today, only Norsheni Church is being reconstructed.
2016-02-08Orthodox Liturgy Continues in Batumi Catholic Church
Catholics call it Batumi Holly Mother’s Church; the Orthodox call it Batumi Annunciation Church. Its construction started on April 12, 1897 and finished on June 30, 1902. Famous catholic Maecenas Stepane Zubalashvili funded the construction. In 1903, Episcope Baron Eduardo Ropp sanctified the church. In 1937, the soviet government closed the church and arranged a high-voltage sub-station in it. Based on the March 15, 1989 Edict # 240 of the Council of Ministers of the Adjara Autonomous Republic the Batumi Catholic Church was assigned to the Georgian Orthodox Patriarchate under ownership.
2016-02-08“State Has Responsibility to Return Properties Seized during Soviet Period to Corresponding Religious Groups”
Humanrights,ge interviewed the head of the Legal Maintenance Office at the State Agency for Religious Issues Archi Metreveli about ongoing assignment process of the places of worship to religious minority groups and the position of the State about the disputes between the Orthodox Church and other religious groups in Georgia.
2016-02-08Beka Mindiashvili: “Religious Minorities Shall Get Seized Chapels Back through Restitution”
“The best solution will be if the State adopts the law and returns chapels seized during soviet period to religious minorities based on restitution. It is the best lawful way to resolve the ownership issue of places of worship,” head of the Tolerance Center under the auspices of the Public Defender’s Office Beka Mindiashvili told humanrights.ge.
2016-02-02Father Michael: “We Must Achieve Agreements on Common Peace”
Neither Orthodox Church nor Catholic Church considers ownership over the Kutaisi Annunciation Church and Batumi Nativity Church to be disputable. Both claim the churches are their properties. Similar relation is between Armenian Apostolic Church and Georgian Orthodox Church. Humanrights.ge interviewed secretary of the Georgian Patriarchate Father Michael (Botkoveli) about these issues.
2016-01-29Nikoloz Antidze – Law on Cultural Heritage to Get More Drastic
Humanrights,ge interviewed the Director General of the National Agency for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage Nikoloz Antidze and asked him about the care the state takes of the cultural heritage, what kind of mechanisms are applied to preserve them and why it became necessary to make the law stricter.
2016-01-22Historical Mosques of Adigeni and Phlate Are on the Edge of Collapse
Remnants of the historical mosque attract attention in the center of Adigeni village, which was built in 1885-1886. Today, the mosque is on the edge of collapse – it has no roof and the walls may fall down any time. Another mosque in Phlate village, constructed in 1927, is also in poor conditions. Human Rights Center requests the National Agency for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage to grant status of cultural heritage to the mosques in Adigeni and Phlate villages.
2016-01-20Orthodox Christian Woman Forbidden to Take Care of Sakuneti Mosque
“There is Saint George’s Church here. People come and give alms to the church. Once, on the St. George’s Holiday, a man from Atskuri village brought a sheep and sacrificed to the church. Then he heard a voice in the dream – “have I offended you?” and next day he come and sacrificed the sheep to the Mosque too,” you will hear many similar stories in Sakuneti village from locals, the Mosque and Orthodox Church are located several meters away from each other. The church is functioning but the mosque is abandoned. In 2012 the Sakuneti village mosque received status of the cultural heritage. According to the inscription it was constructed in 1927.
2016-01-20Meeting with the Director General of the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia
2016-01-11Issue of Ownership over the Kutaisi Holly Annunciation Church Is Still Unresolved
Nowadays, there are five historical churches in Georgia which the Catholic Church claims as theirs though all of them now belong to the Georgian Orthodox Church. The disputed churches are located in Kutaisi, Gori, Batumi, Ivlita (Akhaltsikhe municipality) and Ude (Adigeni municipality).
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