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2008-06-25
Take Me Home Never-Fixed Country Road
Rehabilitation funds of the road between the villages of Varkhani and Tsakhani was envisaged in the municipality budget for both 2007 and 2008. However, the rehabilitation has not been completed yet and the work may still continue into the future, even into 2009. The reason for the delay is the lack of responsibility on the part of the road construction company. Local authority, population and building companies have made contradictory statements in the matter.

2008-06-25
Ambiguous Fate of TV Program “7 Days”
Contracts with journalists were ceased earlier and the reason was outstanding debts.

“Every Sunday at 9:00 PM independent studio “Akhali Droeba” on behalf of Georgian Public Broadcasting represents weekly TV program “7 Days”- the announcement can be stated in the past now because Company GTV, under umbrella of the TBC TV, which is  the sponsor of the journalists’ team that produced “7 Days. It appears that the contact has been cancelled or ceased to operate, and this was an unexpected event. The production team was expecting grants in nearest future, which would have allowed the TV program to have worked independently. The expected funding would have covered at least at 90% of cost as of September. However, the overall situation was unacceptable for the Georgian government, and this may have been a contributing factor for production to suddenly stop.

2008-06-24
Public Registry Demands Fee for the Provided Public Information
Registration Service Department of the National Agency for Public Registry within the Georgian Ministry of Justice estimated a fee for the provided public information. The fee is envisaged by the Law of Georgia on Registration Fee for Service Rendered byThe National Agency of Public Registr.”

2008-06-24
Tortured and Beaten Prisoner Request Doctor
Several facts can demonstrate that law enforcers make full use of their fists and muscles when they arrest a suspect. Very often they find drugs and ammunition while searching detainees. The criminal process is a done-deal from the onset, the verdict has already passed. The unfortunate detainee is then sent to prison for 15-20 years for some of the more serious crimes.

2008-06-23
No Choice: Either My “Real Estate” or My Family Would Have Been Persecuted!!!
Kakha Bendukidze, former State Minister in Reform Coordination and who currently heads-up the Georgian Prime-Minister’s Administration, commented over the alleged deprivation of private properties from citizens in Sighnaghi, which was realized under a range of threats: psychological, physical violence and the threat of being imprisoned. He said “everyone who took part in deprivation of private properties from their rightful owners must be severely punished.”
2008-06-23
Eleven-Year-Old Giorgi: “Main point is job but not “Hard Job””

Everybody knows Giorgi in town. He has lots of friends and dreams a lot. He does not want to complain about his problems and avoids speaking with journalist. However, he speaks like an old person about politics, history, his family and his job.Giorgi Gelashvili lives in King Parnavaz Street in Akhaltsikhe with his mother and sister.
2008-06-23
No Pay No PhD Education, Policy Hinders Educational and Research Process
What will be better for the university and what is the Education Ministry doing about it?

Some of the aspects on which the present state universities in Georgia are starting to function, are completely unacceptable with the point of view of sound reforms to be carried out for creating the knowledge-based economy in Georgia. A doctor’s degree is free in the systems focused on market economy, such as American educational system. The reason for this decision is the fact that during doctor’s degree a person does not receive a new education, or they just produce new knowledge; and the state or different corporations are greatly interested to support them,” Lela Samniashvili, an education expert, made such an assessment based on concrete facts that she recalled. State University left many post-graduates in an obscure situation.
 
2008-06-20
Hullabaloo in Taleri Public School
Who breaks the law, teacher or their pupils?!

Everybody can answer this question in the public school of the village of Taleri in Martvili District. However, teachers and pupils are pointing the finger at one another.  The school has been famous for serious discontent between its human resources a long time already; pupils have recently become activists. Last week, the controversy between teachers and pupils reached a peak. Consequently, the adults were brought to the police station; and teachers and Board of Trustees are discussing their dismissal.

2008-06-20
Double Standard and Lack of Equal Protection of Law with Plea-Bargain Deals
In 2004 plea-bargain was introduced into the Georgian legislation and it creates unequal conditions for citizens. Judges and prosecutors can sign or cancel plea-bargain according to their own sympathies or other motivations.
Two examples from the criminal case records in Georgia confirm the above-mentioned possibility. In August of 2007 an under-age girl was raped. Sighnaghi District Court imposed sixteen-year-imprisonment on Nukri Nikvashvili, Zurab Zedelashvili and Zviad Kokoashvili, who were suspected of having committed the rape. 


2008-06-19
Inmates Contract Tuberculosis in Temporary Isolator Detention Cells
The Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs facing a public health crisis as  inmates are faced with  living in the most  unbearable of conditions when they are locked up  isolator cells  for temporary detention. The worst situation is at the regional level where isolators are not maintained and sanitary and health conditions are horrendous. Georgia boosts international standards in many spheres but not in terms of such cells, There is a lack of toilets, water is leaking into the cells, window-glasses are broken, or there are no windows in the cells at all.

2008-06-19
One Week Turnaround for Replies
“I appealed to the City Hall regarding the registration of land on January 18 2008. I provided all documents that they requested and told me to come back within a month. I visited the City Hall on February 18 and I was told to come again in a month. On March 18 they told me this time to come back in two weeks. Next time the term was one month and half. Since that time I visit them every second day. I complained with one of the employees of the City Hall about the situation and who replied that I had to wait for yet another three months.”

2008-06-18
“My Final Hope Is Strasbourg Court” Bath House Battles Ministry of Defense
Kukuri Iremadze, former lease-holder of the Batumi Central bath-house, has to receive money from the Defense Ministry and a former state owned company “Adjarkopservisi”. Although the court made the decision five years ago, Iremadze has not been paid yet.  

2008-06-18
People Urgently Need Bridge in Shuagele
Nearly twenty families in the village of Shuagele in Kobuleti district are split-off from the rest of the village because there is no of bridge to get across the river. The people had constructed a bridge on their own but during heavy rains the river washed the bridge away. Not the previous or current government has managed to resolve the problem facing the villagers.

2008-06-17
Reverend Andria Advises the Government to Install Filters on the Kaspitsementi Ovens
Members of European Regional Assembly visiting Shida Kartli expressed their concern over the dust produced by Kaspitsementi, cement factory in their interview with the Human Rights Centre. In the evening of June 15, 2008 the European guests were invited to village Teliani (Karaghaji), Kaspi District to see traditional Georgian wrestling. The village Teliani is situated rather high elevation. The guests saw how the dust from Kaspitsementi was powdering the Shida Kartli valley and it was an environmental hazard.

2008-06-17
Prosecutor’s Office protects high-ranking police official who wounds man
“Otar Dioghmelashvili, the deputy head of the police department, hit my face against the car with and I broke out four teeth.  Several other teeth cut into in my lips. My face is swollen and my jaw is now broken. When I was brought to the Judge Tamaz Jaliashvili I was bleeding and nobody inquired what had happened with me. The judge believed the false testimonies of the police who claimed that I was injured as a result of falling down and sent me to prison for seven days for resisting arrest,” said Gela Kutibashvili.

2008-06-16
“I want you to be my mother” – foster child care in Georgia.
You will often hear these words in boarding schools and orphanages these days. The moment you cross the threshold of any of these institutions you see the sad eyes of abandoned children and at that very moment you want to find their mothers and persuade them that their children need them.

2008-06-16
Lecturers Fired from Telavi University as Political Payback
On the next day of the Parliamentary Elections on 21 May 2008 lecturers supporting the opposition parties were fired from the Telavi University. Hamlet Razmadze, the head of the University Administration, stated that Neli Tskitishvili, associated professor and head of the Rector’s Office, Archil Jorjadze, and the coordinator of the Legal Faculty resigned at their own initiative.

2008-06-16
Fired Georgia Teachers and Political Repression over Parliamentary Elections
Teachers reported the case of  director of a Public School who continues to insults those whom she considered to have supported opposition parties in the recent parliamentary elections; and if any on them would even dare to stand up to the recriminations, she merely spits on them. And if that is not bad enough, she then questions their state of mental health, requiring them to provide proof from a mental hospital that they are fit to perform their duties in the classroom.

2008-06-13
100,000 GEL PR Campaign for Regional Governor Vardzelashvili
Shida Kartli regional authority spends such vast sums on the PR campaign, which show just how it serves the public interests. We estimated that in 2008 Lado Vardzelashvili has already spent more than 100,000 GEL.

2008-06-13
Nobody Cares about Employees’ Rights in Georgia
The State Protects Employers

Georgia has ratified various international conventions for protecting labor rights. However, the rights of employees continue to be violated in Georgia. Experts consider that in the past the state protected employers in secret but now the interests of employers are openly preserved.

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