2017-03-21President Margvelashvili Vetoes Surveillance Bill
Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili vetoed the new surveillance bill, which was approved by the Parliament on March 1, 2017 and which entails the establishment of a special agency for conducting surveillance operations.
2017-03-21High Number Prisoners Is Still a Problem in Georgia
On March 15, the Council of Europe published its Annual Penal Statistics about convicts/persons serving non-custodial sanctions. 47 out of 52 member states participated in the survey of the Council of Europe.
2017-03-21One day in the post-war Karaleti village
Karaleti – village in Gori municipality, Shida Kartli region. It is located on the Gori-Tskhinvali central motor-way. Locals recall the days of the 2008 August war. The crimes committed 9 years ago are still unresolved. The ruins of the destroyed houses are still standing in the village. The walls still have holes from bullet-cartridges. Locals have not forgotten the war days. The trace of the war is still visible in Karaleti.
2017-03-2129 IDP Families Received New Flats
Eva Gvaradze’s family is one of those 29 IDP families, whom, on March 20, the Minister of IDPs from Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia, handed the keys to new flats. Eva Gvaradze was displaced from Tskhinvali region 27 years ago. She, together with her family, lived in unbearable conditions in the IDP settlement in Turbaza, Gori.
2017-03-18Secretary of the National Security Council Visited the Village on the Occupation Line
“It is historical injustice,” the secretary of the National Security Council stated on March 15 during his visit in the Khurvaleti village, on the occupation line. Local population and representatives of the Gori municipality council informed the secretary Davit Rakviashvili about the situation in the conflict-affected zone.
2017-03-15Up to 2 Million GEL Spent on the Service of Office Cars of the Senior Officials in Kakheti Region
From January 1, 2015 to December 1, 2016 the local budget spent 1 992 932 GEL on the service of the office cars of the senior officials in 9 municipalities. Among them, 1 506 929 GEL was spent on the fuel of their cars; 486 003 GEL was spent on the repair service.
2017-03-10Government exacerbates the sanctions on poaching
The government is working on exacerbation of the legislative regulations about poaching to ensure safety of rangers, forest guards and environment monitoring department officers. The Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources Gigla Agulashvili made a statement about it. He said the court is sometimes very loyal towards the violators and even returns the crime weapon to them.
2017-03-09Indian Farmers Blame an Employee of the Signagi District Administration in Swindle
The Indian farmers living in the Sakobo village, Signagi municipality, blame the employee of the municipal administration Avtandil Vashakidze in swindle. As they told the ICK, they trusted the representative of the administration and sold 200 tons of wheat to him for debt two years ago. The farmers still have not received 40 000 GEL of the wheat price.
2017-03-09Children without preschool education
In Kakheti region, there are still villages, where kids cannot get pre-school education and the municipalities do not pay appropriate attention to the solution of this problem. Over 30 kids in Chantliskure village, Kvareli municipality are left without preschool education; mostly ethnic Avars live in the village. Neither the children living in the Tchoeti village, Dedoplistskaro municipality get preschool education. However, in both villages, it is essential to ensure access of the kids to the pre-school education because they cannot speak the Georgian language.
2017-03-07US State Department 2016 Human Rights Report
The US State Department published the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016 and among them is the report on the Human Rights State in Georgia. Cases of illegal detention and deprivation of lives of the citizens of Georgia in the territories occupied by Russia and de-facto authorities are reviewed alongside other violations in the 50-page report. The report also reviews: the facts of domestic violence, early marriages, miscarriages in the judiciary system, facts of alleged oppression on court and weakness of state institutions.
2017-02-28Poorly done rehabilitation works
On February 26, strong wind removed the roof from the five-storied residential house in Tsabadzze street in Gori. The roof damaged three cars parked in front of the building. The roof was repaired a year ago with the financial support of the Gori City Hall. Residents of the Tsabadze Street said the rehabilitation works were done with bad quality and they had notified the city hall about it several times but the local self-government never reacted to their statements.
2017-02-28Investigation commenced in the alleged abuse of professional power by police officers
“According to the request of my acquaintance, I came to the flat in Leselidze Street in Rustavi, where soon armed people broke into; some of them were in masks. They pushed me down, twisted my hands and put me in irons. I asked who they were and what they wanted. They answered they were police officers and could do anything whatever they wished. Then they put a pillow on my face and started beating me...
2017-02-25Representatives of Human Rights Center Met Former Chairman of the Tbilisi City Court
On February 23, representatives of Human Rights Center met Mamuka Akhvlediani, former chairperson of the Tbilisi City Court. The purpose of the meeting was to get information about his February 17 interrogation in front of the judge for the interests of the ongoing survey in the witness interrogation rule. Mamuka Akhvlediani provided the representatives of Human Rights Center with the information about his interrogation in the court.
2017-02-25Dilemma of the local self-governance
The Gori City Hall repeatedly submitted the proposal to the city council on assigning the four buildings of former kindergartens to the Ministry of IDPs and Accommodation. People internally displaced as a result of 2008 August Russian-Georgian War live in the abovementioned kindergartens. The IDPs several times petitioned to the Ministry to register the accommodation spaces on them but since the buildings belong to the Gori City Hall the Ministry cannot satisfy their request.
2017-02-23Tourism Development and Occupation
The Tourism Center at the Gori municipality administration had decided to participate in the international tourism exhibition-market in Moscow but after the information was spread in social networks, part of the society protested the decision of the tourism center.
2017-02-21Employees of the Georgian Public Broadcaster Have Real Fear that They Will Lose Jobs
On February 17, members of the United Trade Unions and Trade Union of Georgian Media met representatives of the nongovernmental organizations. The parties discussed ongoing developments in the Georgian Public Broadcaster and planned future activities.
2017-02-18Public Defender Evaluated the Situation in the Field of Tobacco Control
“In accordance to the Ordinance # 196 of the Government of Georgia, dated July 30, 2013, based on the data of the World Health Organization, from 9 000 to 11 000 people die annually in Georgia due to active or passive cigarette smoking, of whom 3 000 are victims of secondhand smoke,” reads the special report of the Public Defender of Georgia, which was presented on February 15 in the hotel Courtyard Marriot.
2017-02-16IDPs from Berbuki Settlement
White (9-years-old) cottages, school, kindergarten, which is only 2-years-old, destroyed roads are in the Berbuki IDP settlement where hundreds of IDP families have been living for 9 years already; they are waiting for the answer to the question – who is guilty in the war crimes committed during the 2008 August War. Before the International Criminal Court (ICC) answers their main question, the IDPs recall the days of the August, 2008 with humanrights.ge. It is very hard for them to recall those days though cannot forget either.
2017-02-16Street Trading Was Prohibited on the Ruisi-Urbnisi Highway
Part of the traders trading on the Ruisi-Urbnisi distance of the Tbilisi-Senaki-Leselidze Highway rejected the proposal of the Kareli municipal administration. The senior officials of the local self-government offered them to continue training in the trading center constructed by the Company ATU, which belongs to Bidzina Ivanishvili. The latter assigned the semi-open training center to the Kareli municipal administration as a present.
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