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2009-02-03
Intimidation of Regional Journalists is becoming large scaled Problem Day by Day
Sozar Subari: “The Government Stimulates the Abusers of Journalists.”

The intimidation of regional journalists is becoming large scaled problem day by day. Regional correspondents are not only insulted verbally but also restricted from implementing their duties, threatened that they will be assaulted, abducted or even killed. Even though all facts of intimidation of regional journalists are publicized and even though the victims apply to the prosecutor’s office with proofs of intimidation, none of the cases have been investigated so far.

2009-02-03
Governor Forced Administration Employees to Resign
The employees of Kakheti Regional Governor’s office were forced to resign on January 23, 2009 by writing resignation letters. However, Giorgi Ghviniashvili, the Kakheti Regional Governor satisfied only 2 applications on resignation from 20. Zita Imanova, the lawyer of Kakheti Regional Governor’s office and Mari Shashviashvili, the press secretary to the same office left their jobs only. Imanova is the member of the Georgian Young Lawyers Association (GYLA), strong and influential Georgian NGO and Mari Shashviashvili is the daughter of Zhana Didebashvili, former head of Kakheti Bureau of  TV and Radio Company Imedi who is now the Kakheti regional correspondent to Radio Palitra and news agency Interpressnews. The Human Rights Centre considers that Imanova and Shashviashvili were dismissed because they were politically unreliable employees.

2009-02-02
Kaspi Inhabitants Protest against Closure of Kindergartens
The inhabitants of Kaspi town demand that the local administration re opens kindergartens in Kaspi town. The locals protest against the closure of kindergartens. They claim that the government closed kindergartens on the grounds that IDPs would be settled there. The locals say that they can not afford private kindergartens. “The closure of state funded kindergarten is a serious problem to us because we go to work every day and we have no one with whom children can stay for this period of time. We used to leave children in kindergartens. We spoke with the deputy district governor about the problem but with no success. The fact is that kindergartens have not been functioning since September 2008,” people say. Private kindergartens are unavailable not only because they are expensive for ordinary people but also because of their location.

2009-02-02
Abortion Age Decreased – Now Girls of 14 Have Abortions
68 000 Women Die from Illegal Abortions around the World

The problem of illegal abortions is still serious in the 21st century. 67 900 women died from illegal abortions in the world ever year. Illegal abortion is a problem in Georgia as well. 14-19 year old girls apply to doctors for abortions more frequently.  It is new for the country.

2009-02-02
Bermudian Triangle: Police- Prosecutor’s Office- Court
Unfair Justice

The concept of unbiased and independent court failed on January 16, 2009. Vakhtang Abuashvili, 28 a patrol was sentenced to two years of prison term for the murder of Giorgi Gamtsemlidze, 31 by Judge Eka Gabrichidze of Collegium for Criminal Cases within Tbilisi City Court. The voice of the judge was trembling when she was reading the final verdict out loud but this will not console the family of deceased Gamtsemlidze. The justice did not prevail for the family. The only hope for them is to appeal the court verdict in the Strasbourg Court and find the truth there.

2009-01-30
Because of Negligence of Policemen Museums Are Robbed
Over 20 facts of robbery in museum occurred during last several years in Kakheti region. District police departments have launched criminal investigation on all of them; however, no incidents have been resolved yet.

2009-01-29
A Kindergarten instead of Disevi
Suliko Begheluri, IDP from the  village of Disevi now shelters in Gori Kindergarten # 10 together with his wife. Venera Laghoshvili, the wife of Suliko Begheluri says that the government did not assign a cottage to them because they are only two in the family. They have not received a  compensation of 10 000 GEL from the government yet as well.

2009-01-28
Seven Years in Prison for Drinking Vodka
Gurjaani district court is judging 28-year-old Amiran Tsertsvadze. Criminal case materials and testimonies of the witnesses interrogated at the trial, expose that very drunken Tsertsvadze swayed into the booth of other person located next to his father’s house and drank vodka. Although the prosecutor blames the accused person for the attempt of thievery because he illegally entered the strange house. Consequently, Tsertsvadze is charged under the criminal code and prosecutor demands 7-year of imprisonment for him.  

2009-01-28
People Are Demanded to Return to Knolevi Village
Residents of Knolevi village in Kareli district, who shelter in the building of Rustavi Vocational College # 17, are demanded to return to their village; whilst people are afraid to go there. Knolevi borders with Znauri district that is controlled by occupants. Checkpoint of occupants is opened at the one side of the village and Ossetian militants are deployed on the other side.

2009-01-28
Local Budgets Do Not Meet Real Needs of Population
According to the Law of Georgia on “Single Budget of Local Self-Governance”, draft budget shall be published at least one month before the municipality board starts discussion on it. In this case, citizens shall be able to participate in decision-making process. Local government does not implement this responsibility imposed by the law. Consequently, the residents of the region do not have information about the local budget, what projects shall be funded from it and how efficiently the budget sums shall be spent. Similar information should be spread by media sources.

2009-01-23
Court VS Honor and Dignity of Soldier
On November 6, 2008 Gori district court signed plea-bargain with two soldiers who were accused for deserting the army during war operations in August 2008. According to the bargain, initial charge of the soldiers-deserting-was changed into disobedience. The attorneys of the accused people requested plea-bargain. They considered it was the shortest way to gain freedom for detainees in the expectation of the Presidential mercy. On December 17, 2008, on St. Barbare’s Day, soldiers were really pardoned and released. Everybody should have been pleased with the result but pardoned soldiers, Zurab Khorbaladze and Giorgi Meskhi are sure that impartial court should have estimated their innocence. However, the lawyers could not give them guarantee for similar decision and the accused people had to accept status of a guilty and get freedom at the expense of soldier’s honor and dignity. Whilst, they expected the court to protect their dignity.

2009-01-22
Illegal Payments and Population without Water Supply
Two years ago, President Saakashvili “resolved” the problem of water-supply in the village of Tsikhisdziri in Kobuleti district, Adjara Autonomous Republic. The water pump-house was opened with solemn ceremony but today local residents have to pay for it. Local residents collect 5 GEL every month and from that money they pay the wages of the workers on pump-house. However, the pump-house is still property of Ministry of Economic Development of Georgia.

2009-01-20
Lonely Old Woman Was Deprived from Allowance
Lonely person, Siranush Aivanian has been registered in the data base of socially excluded families and received allowance until September 2008. She lost the allowance because the rating points on her family were increased. Although the evaluation system was changed two months latter and minimum level of rating points was reduced, Siranush Aivazian does not get her allowance. The administration of the Agency of Social Subsidies in Adjara Autonomous Republic defines that Aivazian will receive the allowance after March 1 2009.

2009-01-20
Museum Employees Salary Is Still 40 GEL In Comparison to Increased Salary of District Governor to up to 2 500 GEL
On December 30, 2008 the President of Georgia issued a resolution that allowed increasing salaries to the representatives of municipality councils and district governors. The district authorities had tried to make profit from budget many times. The proof for this allegation can be bonuses issued on district high-ranking officials at least once in two months and sometimes even every month. In parallel to it, district governors refused employees of museums in Kakheti region to increase their salaries (currently they get 40 GEL). The authorities alleged that there were not enough funds in the budget.

2009-01-14
One Woman per Minute Dies in the World As a Result of Pregnancy Complications
Journalistic Investigation

“One of the reasons of the death among mothers and infants is family violence.”

According to official statistics 15 mothers and 2 325 infants died during last three years in Georgia. However, the data is not exact and the number of death is much more. Besides that, 1 371 cases of dead-born children were recorded during recent three years. 99% of death-rate among mother comes on developing countries. As for the reasons, they are: family violence, social conditions, education, post-childbirth complications and risky abortions (in basements, in secret cabinets).

2009-01-14
Teacher Blames Director for Labor Trafficking
Eka Jandieri, a resident of Telavi, blames Nino Vakelishvili, director of Telavi Public School # 5, for labor trafficking. Jandieri claims that she has worked at school for one year without any salary. Besides that, deputy director made her to look after her little grandchild and ordered to do various jobs at school.

2009-01-13
The Public Defender of Georgia Demands Shalva Ramishvili’s Early Release from Prison
Sozar Subari, the Public Defender of Georgia applied to Zurab Adeishvili, Minister of Justice of Georgia for early and conditional release of Shalva Ramishvili, journalist.

2009-01-13
Public Defender Requests To Set Up Investigation Commission within Parliament
Georgian Public Defender petitioned to Davit Bakradze, chairperson of the Georgian Parliament and requested to establish parliamentary commission to investigate the case on secret meeting on November 4, 2007.

2009-01-13
Niko Orvelashvili: Georgia Turned Out the Only Idiotic Exception in the Field of Energetic Independence
When the entire Europe and all respectful state is eager to gain energetic independence from Russia, Georgia turned out the only idiotic exception whose government could not think of anything better but assigning the axis of Georgian energetic system to Russia; this station created basis for energetic independence for Georgia.

2009-01-09
Fiasco of Reformed Court
Prosecutor announced court decision before judge

Lia Otarashvili, judge at Gurjaani district court, completely satisfied the solicitation of the prosecutor’s office and 22-year-old Bidzina Sepiashvili, champion of Georgia in boxing and 19-year-old Spartak Saltkhutsishvili, football player, were sentenced to two-month pre-trial detention. Although attorneys requested bail and personal warranty instead of imprisonment of the detainees, representatives of NGOs and journalists were informed by Prosecutor Giorgi Kokiashvili in advance that the court was going to impose two-month imprisonment on young people.

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