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2009-07-24
Who Controls the TV Companies?
Personnel changes in the Georgian national TV Companies raised many questions among Georgians.  The appointment of Giorgi Arveladze as the director general of the TV Company “Imedi” was followed the next day by the resignation of Levan Kubaneishvili as director general of the Public Broadcasting [the “PB”]. The personnel changes started on the same day at Rustavi 2: Irma Nadirashvili replaced Nino Shubladze as head of the news room and Nino Shubladze became the deputy director general of the TV Company. Journalist Zviad Koridze spoke about the personnel changes in the national TV Companies in his interview with the www.humanrights.ge

2009-07-24
Reset-Phobia In Tbilisi
TBILISI – The message the Georgians wanted to send to Vice President Joe Biden was clear almost from the minute Air Force Two landed in Tbilisi.

2009-07-23
"Who Will Not Fill, Will Not Work”
Last week the Georgian Trade Union of teachers and scientists opposed the Ministry of Education. The reason was a demand of the Kutaisi resource center –public school teachers soon should fill out an information form. Delivering the information forms was so scandalous because in it the teacher had to indicate membership in any political party. One of the spaces of the form requested information about members of the family.

2009-07-23
Custom’s House – Space Where Orders from High Ranking Officials Are More Important than Law
There are not many people at the Sarpi Custom’s House now. You cannot see the order of the Minister of Finances now; short time ago it was on the board though it was not put in force yet. Every citizen who crosses the border gets annoyed. They say “The law states different but here they demand excise for everything…”

2009-07-23
World Organization against Torture Is Interested in the Detention of Maisaia
World Organization against Torture OMCT responded to the detention of prominent Georgian political scientist and military expert Vakhtang Maisaia based on the information provided by the Georgian Human Rights Center. OMCT is concerned about the violation of his rights and urges the authority of Georgia, diplomatic corps in Georgia and local or international non-governmental organizations to protect the rights of Maisaia. Here

2009-07-23
Wife of Prisoner Attempted Suicide In Front of the Batumi Prosecutor’s Office
On July 17, 2009 17-year-old Natia Jashi poured petrol over herself in front of the Batumi Prosecutor’s Office and soon she was on fire. Fortunately, her attempt to commit suicide failed because the driver of the Prosecutor’s Office managed to put out the fire.

2009-07-22
Reply of the Supreme Council of Justice of Georgia
Supreme Council of Justice got interested in the article published on our website several days ago. The article “Judge Who Did not Satisfy the Request of the Persecutor’s Office Is Persecuted” was about disciplinary persecution on Giorgi Gogichashvili, judge at the Telavi district court. According to the article, the reason for starting disciplinary persecution on the judge was his decision. “Judge Gogichaishvili did not satisfy the application of the Kakheti regional persecutor several days ago and replaced pretrial 2-month detention  of Kote Kapanadze, activist of the New Rights, with 20 000 GEL bail” it was written in the article. The Council of Justice states the information in the article is unreal. Here is the official comment of the Council of Justice on the article provided by the press-center of the Supreme Council of the Justice.

2009-07-22
Public Defender Demands Investigation of Torture of Detainees Arrested on June 15
Sozar Subari, Public Defender appealed to Mamuka Gvaramia, Chief Prosecutor of Georgia to investigate the violations committed by law enforcement officers against demonstrators at the Tbilisi Main Police Department on June 15.

2009-07-22
Public Broadcasting and Temptations of the Majority
“You will not leave the studio without apologizing,” the anchor of the TV program “What Do People Think?” shouted to film director Eldar Shengelia during a live broadcast in 2001. Eka Beridze, the anchor, demanded an apology for his statement: “The Public Broadcasting [the “PB”] has not changed since my youth; it is still the governmental TV Company.” “We are sorry,” the journalists sitting in the studio said later. Eight years later the director of the PB did not want to show this recording again but it was done.

2009-07-22
Activists of the Movement “Join Us” Joined the List of Political Prisoners
Rally in front of the parliament on July 20 ended with the detention of several activists of the youth movement “Join Us”. The detainees are blamed for disobedience to policemen and minor hooliganism.

2009-07-21
“Patrol Police” Enjoyed the Incident
The TV news program “Patrol Police” is very interested in the wounding of Gaga Gachechiladze (son of Levan Gachechiladze, leader of the united opposition) and prepared a thorough program about this incident. The audience could not understand the aim of the author: was he worried about the victim who was taken to the hospital or about the perpetrator who was not charged at all.

2009-07-20
Silent Demonstration in front of the Former Building of the Embassy of Russian Federation
On July 19 the representatives of the South Caucasian Network of Human Rights Defenders organized a silent demonstration in front of the former building of the Embassy of Russian Federation.
The demonstration was dedicated to the murder of famous Russian human rights defender Natalia Estemirova.You can see the photo-reportage of the demonstration.
2009-07-20
House of Aunt In Exchange of Niece’s Debt
Mediko Khokhashvili is homeless because of debts of her niece. Tsira Korinteli, the niece, had borrowed 9 300 USD from different people.  She owed 1 050 USD to Irine Kareli out of the total sum.

2009-07-20
Being IDPs for the Second Time
Tsotsonavas, IDPs from Abkhazia, Remain Homeless

 

Law enforcement officers are evicting the Tsotsonavas from their flat in Guramishvili Street # 5, in Tskneti village close to Tbilisi. According to the Court decision, the Muzashvilis are legal owners of the flat in Tskneti. Some of the furniture of the Tsotsonavas already has been taken out of the flat. Guards are in the house.

2009-07-20
Human, Too Human Letter about Inhuman State
The President of Georgia in his interview with a Spanish journalist said: “Experts from European Union assist us in training our policemen but sometimes their trigger fingers itch and they start some quarrels.” Recently, there have been too many clashes in Georgia; and they are initiated by policemen. The law enforcement officers are quarreling because their trigger fingers itch and the president of Georgia does not see anything to worry about.

2009-07-20
Georgia's President Vows Changes
TBILISI, Georgia -- Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili is expected to unveil Monday moves to share more power and make elections more democratic in an attempt to mollify his critics and begin a comeback.

2009-07-17
Zaza Shatirishvili – Establishment of Liberalism by Violence Led Us to Bolshevism
Interpressnews interviewed Zaza Shatirishvili, Expatriated Scientist, Culture Anthropologist of the Chicago University about the current political situation in Georgia.
2009-07-17
Lawyer Requests Right To Protect Vakhtang Maisaia
Attorney of Vakhtang Maisaia, Natia Korkotadze requests the permission to study the case materials thoroughly. At the press-conference in the Public Defender’s Office the attorney requested to allow her to make copies of the case materials. Natia Korkotadze said that Maisaia does not have any attorney at all and she is acting like a currier.

2009-07-17
Judge Who Did not Satisfy the Request of the Persecutor’s Office Is Persecuted
The Supreme Council of Justice of Georgia prosecutes Giorgi Gogichaishvili, judge at the Kakheti regional court. Judge Gogichaishvili did not satisfy the application of the Kakheti regional persecutor several days ago and replaced pretrial 2-month detention  of Kote Kapanadze, activist of the New Rights, with 20 000 GEL bail.

2009-07-16
Georgian Government Cut Water Supply for Georgians, So How Can Georgians Complain that the Ossetians Cut the Water Supply?
Georgian government is not going to supply Ossetian villages with water

On July 14, residents of the village of Kelktseuli in the Gori district started to gather in front of the district administrative building at 9:30 am. The head of the office worried about the presence of journalists. “Maybe, you will let us to speak with people without cameras,” Kakha Toliashvili asked me. The villagers categorically demanded that we attend the meeting so we were there.

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