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May 17, 2018 in Georgia
On May 17, the world marks the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia. The main goal of the May 17 events is to raise awareness about the violence, discrimination and repression against LGBT society worldwide. The day was established in 2004. One-year-long campaign finished on May 17 2005 with the celebration of the first International Day against Homophobia.
Drug-user is banned to occupy position of the kindergarten director
It is now prohibited to appoint a drug-user or a person with criminal record on the position of kindergarten director. By now, 45 municipalities have adopted this regulation. 
Issue of Tatunashvili’s case investigation during Ergneti IPRM meeting
On May 15, the 86th meeting in the frame of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism was held in Ergneti village, which lasted nine hours. The main issue discussed during the meeting was Archil Tatinashvili’s death. Representatives of the Government of Georgia stated that Archil Tatunashvili was killed and de-facto authority of Tskhinvali shall transfer them all documents, including the internal organs of Tatunashvili.
Narco-Policy in Georgia is unfairly strict and inhuman
Nongovernmental organization Human Rights Center analyzed the court judgments into drug-related criminal cases passed against female convicts and identified legislative miscarriages in them, as well as positive tendencies. 
Attack on the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses in Gori
On May 16, somebody shot the door of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses located in Tsmindatskali settlement in Gori from firearm. As locals told humanrights.ge, presumably somebody shot the door of the Hall from so-called hunting gun. Besides the bullet hole, a massage was left on the door of the Kingdom Hall - “Trust In Our God.”  
Performance in the penitentiary establishment # 5
The performance – “You are explosion of my April before the fall of my life” is about a former prisoner, who goes back to daily routine after a years-long imprisonment. The play is about spring, love, friendship, betrayal, motherhood, missing, problems, dreams – the life, which does not recognize closed and open spaces, which are equally painful and joyful everywhere.
Consultations are going on to improve pardon mechanism
From April 16, the Pardon Commission temporarily stopped consideration of the prisoners’ applications, who were convicted for domestic violence. President Giorgi Margvelashvili made the decision after the murder fact in Barnovi street, Tbilisi. Vepkhvia Bakradze, suspect in the murder of 25-years-old girl, was pardoned by the President several months ago. In the past, Bakradze was convicted for domestic violence. 
Convicted Tamar Talikadze still on hunger-strike
Inmate of the penitentiary establishment # 5 Tamar Talikadze notified Human Rights Center that she has been on hunger-strike since May 1.

Human Rights Center is working on the application against Russia in Archil Tatunashvili’s case
Human Rights Center, in Archil Tatunashvili’s case, is working on the application to the European Court of Human Rights against the Russian Federation. At the same time, the HRC calls on the Government of Georgia to use all international mechanisms to ensure effective investigation into Archil Tatunashvili’s murder case.
Psycho-social state of the war victims 10 years after the war
With the financial assistance of the EU, organization Global Initiative in Psychiatry surveyed the psychological state of the conflict affected population. According to the survey psychological problems become more evident 7-8 years after the armed conflict than during the military operations. The victims stated that the war is not only shooting and escaping the scene of military operations, it is post-war period of hopelessness and the problems, which they cannot address alone.
Mysterious case of robbery
On April 25, the Appellate Court held the scheduled hearing into the case of Temur Beridze, Koba Shevardenidze, Nodar Artmelidze and Ketevan Khmaladze. They are convicted for the robbery, which happened on January 23, 2016. According to the investigation, 5 persons broke into the house of B.S in Charentsi Street # 17 in Ninotsminda to rob the family. According to the case files, the mother of B.S (owner of the flat) resisted the robbers and one of the robbers started beating her, finally killed the woman with knife. However, the accused persons were acquitted in the murder as there were no evidence to find them guilty in the murder. In parallel to that the court found all three accused persons guilty in the robbery and sentenced them to 9 years imprisonment. The verdict was passed on October 4, 2016.  
Convicted women are refused to enjoy home-arrest alternative without any grounds
HRC lawyers identified several problems in the frame of monitoring in the penitentiary establishment # 5. One of the problems is groundless refusal to the convicted women to replace their imprisonment term into home-arrest, the lawyer monitors reported about this problem.
Director of the new department in the MIA suggests the society to break silence
“Unlike previous years, more people apply to law enforcement bodies for help with regard to the domestic violence cases. It has several reasons. One of them is raised awareness of the society. I think it is result of the current policy of the state. More than 855 persons have been arrested under the criminal law for the domestic violence offence in the first three months of 2018. We have a very strict policy,” the director of the Human Rights Department in the Ministry of Internal Affairs Londa Toloraia stated at the conference of Human Rights Center – “Prevention of Violence against Women – Problems and Challenges.”
Wine-tree plants are more frequently stolen in Kakheti
In different villages of Kakheti region, people more often complain about stolen young plants of wine-trees from their vineyards. Tamar Modebadze from Akura village in Telavi municipality reported to the police that somebody stole 1200 plants from her vineyard. However, the police did not start investigation into thievery but in the damage of other’s property.
Property registration alongside the occupation line
Illia Beruashvili, resident of Ditsi village in Gori municipality, which is located alongside the occupation line, appealed the National Agency of Public Registry [NAPR] in the court. He appealed refusal on the registration of the agricultural plot.
Exhibition-Fair of Art Works by Female Convicts
On April 20, Human Rights Center organized exhibition-fair of the pottery-works of the convicted women in the conference hall of the Human Rights House Tbilisi. Tens of their works were exhibited in the hall. The convicted women created them in the frame of the Art-Therapy Program implemented by HRC in the penitentiary establishment. 
Cohabited fractions in Gori local self-government
Sixth fraction was created in the Gori municipality assembly. Three fractions were established by the ruling party: “Georgian Dream – Democratic Georgia,” “Entrepreneurs” and “Conservatives.” The United National Movement established the fourth fraction in the assembly and they did not need to invite an assembly member from other political party to shape the fraction. 
Investigation into the abuse of power by police officers is dragged out
Today, at the press-conference, the lawyers of Human Rights Center requested timely investigation into the abuse of power by police officers. HRC requests effective and timely investigation into the violence fact against T.B, K.Sh, N.A and K.Kh from the side of the police officers, who were arrested on January 13, 2016. The organization requests to grant victim status to them.
Resume working of Agara factory – protest movement
On April 18, on the 48th day of their protest, about 500 dismissed employees of the Ltd Agara Sugar Factory decided to walk from Agara to Tbilisi and continue their protest in front of the Government’s Chancellery. The protesters said as the government did not pay attention to their protest in Agara, they will arrive in Tbilisi and will request meeting with the PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili.
Stop nepotism – UNM campaign in Gori
Local organization of the United National Movement started to expose nepotism facts in Gori, and launched a campaign in the social network. Representatives of the opposition party state that nepotism has become very strong in the local self-government. They name the examples of senior officials of local self-government and the municipal assembly members, whose family members received jobs. As the UNM member in the Assembly Vasilisa Jabakhidze said the Gori local self-government is occupied with nepotism. 
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Have you ever been victim of domestic violence and have you applied to law enforcement bodies for help?
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Vanished people – “Never forget me”
Grandma disappeared a month ago. 73-years-old grandma joined the list of missing people; she disappeared from her own yard, in her native village.
Disbelief based on partiality Reality is different
Fragile Peace in Balkans


Forgotten by government veterans
Every year, fewer and fewer veterans of the World War II meet the Victory Day. The society receives information about them only on
Villages of the Hopeless
What happened to Dream of Justice Revival?


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