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2009-08-07
Georgia, On the Rebound
TBILISI, Georgia -- On the night of Aug. 7, 2008, Russia's 58th Army crossed over Georgia's internationally recognized borders. Thus began what the evidence shows was a long-planned invasion aimed at toppling my government and increasing Moscow's control over our region. A year later, the results are not what the Kremlin expected.

2009-08-07
Three Candidates will compete for the position of the Director-General of the General Public Broadcasting [the “GPB”]
Today a meeting of the Georgian Public Broadcasting Board of Trustees was held. At the meeting the Board announced the names of the candidates who have moved  into the second round of the competition for the position of GPB Director-General. The 8 Board members had cast votes secretly to selectr the winners of the first round. They are Gia Chanturia, Zviad Koridze and Giorgi Kacharava.  To move into the second round the candidates must have obtained 5 or more votes of the Board members. Gia Chanturia received 6 votes, Zviad Koridze and Giorgi Kacharava – 7.

2009-08-06
Labor Trafficking in Batumi
About 20 employees of the constraction company Ltd. Kristali who were cheated by the company administration demand that the administration immediately pay them their salaries.

2009-08-06
Amendments to the Tax Code will cause Further Difficulties to Businesspersons, Experts Think
The Parliament of Georgia introduced amendments to the Tax Code to avoid  businesspersons hiding income from taxes. The amended Tax Code will grant the right to a tax inspector to demand  a hotel or a an eating establishment to pay the taxes from previous year according to the income they had this year. According to another amendment if the property confiscated by the state is not sold at a second auction, the head of the Income Department may have the right to declare the property to be owned by the state.

2009-08-06
Illegal Staff Selection Policy in Kutaisi City Hall
Svetlana Zakarashvili, a former chief  specialist for calculating figures for financial reports at the Finance Department of Kutaisi City Hall has been trying to restore justice for the last year and a half now. The City Hall dismissed her on the ground that the administration staff was being cut. However, 8 new employees have been appointed in the Finance Department since Svetlana Zkarashvili was dismissed.

2009-08-06
The Newspaper “Spektri” Responds to the Article of Gela Mtivlishvili
The editorial staff of the newspaper “Spektri” responded to the article of our regional correspondent Gela Mtivlishvili. The name of the article was “How Print Media is Restricted in the Regions”. The article was about the pressure the government is putting on the regional media outlets. The journalist wrote  that the government was using the method of intimidation against the critical journalists and winning them over by  offering jobs in state bodies to the editors and the staff of critical newspapers. The journalist  mentioned several newspapers including the Kakheti regional newspaper “Spektri”. Gela Mtivlishvili claimed that the journalists that worked in state bodies easily were able to get ads placed  inthe newspapers for which they continued working. This information about the newspaper caused the discontent of the editorial staff of the Spektri and they sent their response to the article. We provide it here below without any changes.

2009-08-05
How did Two Former Members of the National Movement End up in Prison
Merab Maisuradze and Kote Lomidze, two former members of the Nadzaladevi District Office of the National Movement in Tbilsi, were arrested and the charged with fraud.

2009-08-05
Be aware, Georgian Justice awaits you!
This is how the story begins: On the night of October 29, 2005 Nikoloz Jakeli and Giorgi Azmaiparashvili,  patrol police officers from the Second Platoon of the Vake- Saburtalo District Patrol Police; were patrolling near May 26 square, while citizen Giorgi Mikiashvili and his friends were celebrating his birthday in the friend’s house located at the beginning of Dolidze Street close to May 26 square.

2009-08-03
Homeless Woman Planning to start Open-ended Hunger-strike at the Telavi District Court
Nanuli Kurshitashvili, awoman who lost her house, is planning to start an open-ended hunger-strike at the Telavi District Court. She accuses Judge Natela Jashiashvili, who rendered a verdict in her case, of misuse of her position.

2009-07-31
Human Rights Situation Worsens in the South Caucasus
Today, a press-conference was held in the office of the Georgian Human Rights Center. Representatives of the Georgian Human Rights Center, Civil Society Institute of Armenia and Azerbaijan Human Rights Center attended the press-conference.

2009-07-31
Teachers Settled in Tserovani Want to Be Employed
Asmat Jojishvili is an IDP living in the village of Tserovani close to Tbilisi. During the August war her family had to displace for the second time; initially they fled from Tskhinvali in 1990s and now they had to leave the village of Kekhvi too. She has been teaching Georgian literature, History and Geography in the Kekhvi Public School for 30 years. Now she is an IDP and unemployed. School was everything for Asmat Jojishvili but now she sits at home. She hoped to be employed at the public school that was constructed in Tserovani but test-exams destroyed her dreams. She could not pass tests. However, she does not believe the test-exams were fair because she is convinced in her professionalism.

2009-07-31
Adzvi Population Requests Attention from the Government
Residents of the Adzvi village unsuccessfully tried to attract the attention of the government several times. The villagers arrived in Gori to meet regional governor Lado Vardzelashvili; they petitioned to the government in written form too but all in vain. Residents of Adzvi say the government does not pay attention to the villages close to the border.

2009-07-31
Davit Ebralidze Was Not Approved as Ombudsman by the Energy Regulation Commission of Georgia
The Energy Regulation Commission of Georgia [the “ERCG or ERC” does not intend to approve Davit Ebralidze for the position of the Ombudsman at the Commission. Although the ERCG is entitled to approve the person proposed by the ombudsman, the commission declined to approve Ebralidze.

2009-07-31
Representative of the Village to the Municipality Board and Village Governor Beat A Villager for Having Denounced them With Regional Governor
After Shida Kartli, Regional Governor, visited the village of Karbi in the Gori district local resident Guram Tevdorashvili was beaten by the village governor and representative of the village to the Municipality Board. Both public official pleaded guilty and explain their behavior by the claim of temporary insanity. They spoke about the incident in their statement to the representatives of the Public Defender of Georgia. However, none of them have been punished yet.

2009-07-30
International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) Confirms There Are Political Prisoners in Georgia
International human rights organizations already confirm that there are political prisoners in Georgia. International Federation  of Human Rights (FIDH) published its report which demonstrates that there are political prisoners in Georgia. More precisely, the FIDH declared 8 people to be political prisoners; they are: Nora Kvitsiani, Joni Jikia, Revaz Kldiashvili, Shalva Ramishvili, Maia Topuria (and people arrested together with her), Demur Antia, Omar Kutsnashvii, Merab Ratishvili.

2009-07-29
How Print Media Is Restricted in the Regions
The situation regarding the freedom of media and providing the society with impartial information in the regions of Georgia is extremely difficult. Ia Mamaladze, chairperson of the Association of the Regional Media, stated that the regional media is close to disappearing.  The regional newspaper “Imedi” in Kakheti still is closed. Student’s newspapers were closed in Batumi. The independent newspaper “Tavisupali Sitkva” (free word) was not published in Poti for four months.

2009-07-29
Who Arrested Activists of Political Movement?
Four activists of the Political Movement for the United Georgia – Shukri Benidze, Giorgi Tevdorashvili, Iuri Latsabidze and Besik Latsabidze were released on July 23 after a 30-day-imprisonment. They disappeared on June 23 after the incident in front of the President’s Residence in the Avlabari district of Tbilisi. The Ministry of Internal Affairs [the “MIA”]did not confirm any information about their detention because it did not want to admit that policemen also participated in the incident on June 23.

2009-07-28
IDPs Blame the Government for Using a Double Standard
Tengiz Basishvili was settled in the village of Skra. He is discontented with the activities of the government. According to him the cottages and funds were distributed illegally among the IDPs from the Valley.

2009-07-27
Parliament Will Complicate the Procedure for the Release of Public Information
The Parliament of Georgia is discussing the draft-law on the amendments to the Law of Georgia on the Payment for a Copy of Public Information. The new law will entitle public agencies to estimate the payment for copy of public information individually. Lawyers think citizens will encounter more problems while getting public information from public agencies on time.

2009-07-24
Nana Kakabadze Sues Journalist for Slander
Nana Kakabadze, chairwoman of the non-governmental organization “Former Political Prisoners” for Human Rights is blamed for having organized a riot in the women’s prison.

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