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2009-10-20
Journalists Are not Allowed to Work Properly in the Telavi District Court
In July of 2007 the parliament of Georgia introduced changes to the Law of Georgia on General Courts. As a result of the amendments photo-video recording and transmitting in the courtroom were prohibited. The initial draft law prohibited audio-recording too but as a result of resistance from local and international organizations this part was removed from the draft law. The Law of Georgia on General Courts does not prohibit audio-recording at trials. Despite that, journalists are not allowed to use Dictaphones at the Telavi district court and so cannot work there properly.

2009-10-20
Improvised War Smells in Gori
Everybody in Gori is talking about the film, which is being filmed by Hollywood stars about the war last year. The city looks like a battle field and it impacts people’s psychology one year after the war. People go to work by indirect roads. Tanks are moving in the city centre, helicopters are flying in the sky, explosions are heard from time to time, and gunfire and the moaning of “dying” actors are heard. Mothers who lost their sons are crying, schooling has stopped in Gori Public School N 3. A house is burning here and a tire is burning there ...Although it is improvised the war really smells in Gori.

2009-10-19
Judge Tabaghua: “Question Is Declined... Question Is Declined...”
Telavi district court is discussing the criminal case against Kote Kapanadze, supporter of the political party the New Rights. Judge Besarion Tabaghua is conducting the trial in the smallest room of the court so that the interested people cannot attend the process. Although the audio-recording is not prohibited at trial by the Law of Georgia, the bailiffs do not allow journalists to use Dictaphones in the courtrooms.

2009-10-19
What Is In Fact Going On In Gali District and What Information Is Reported by Georgian Side?
On October 16Russian soldiers ruthlessly beat the teachers in the village of Tagiloni in Gali district.George Baramia, the head of the legitimate government of Abkhazia, reported about this incident at the press-conference. According to him, Russian soldiers broke into the school and having found Georgian books there they beat teachers ruthlessly.

2009-10-16
We Never Differentiated between Ossetians and Georgians in Our Village
The Human Rights Center has already published an article about the village of Tsitelubani in Gori district. It is very interesting village – one of those villages where ethnic Ossetians and Georgians live together and despite 20-year-old conflict they manage to live in peace.

2009-10-16
Georgia takes cold comfort from Clinton as Russia talks in more bellicose terms
ANALYSIS: Recovering from recent war, Tbilisi is striving to steer clear of another, writes DAN McLAUGHLIN.

HILLARY CLINTON’S words of support for Georgia during her visit this week to Moscow did little to calm fears in Tbilisi about Russia’s intentions in the turbulent Caucasus mountains.

2009-10-15
Prisoners Continue Hunger-Strike in Kutaisi Detention Setting
Last month the Human Rights Centre reported about two inmates protested the injustice in Kutaisi Prison N 2 with most severe form. George Gorgodze and George Zirakadze sewed their mouths up. They stopped their protest action on 33rd day of their protest being promised from prosecutor’s office to satisfy their demands. The convicted pleaded not guilty and wanted to meet prosecutor of Baghdati district. The meeting failed. Inmates started starvation again.

2009-10-15
Council of Europe Requests the Government of Georgia to Resolve Problems of National Minorities in Georgia
Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities published the preliminary resolution on Georgia. 54-page document provides detailed descriptions of the problems that are urgent in Georgia in the field. According to the resolution, language barrier is the main problem for national minorities in Georgia and it hinders political and social-economical integration of national minorities in the society. The CoE recommends to the government of Georgia to take more fruitful measures to eradicate the problem. The Human Rights Center publishes the main part of the resolution. You can read the full document and comments of the Government of Georgia on the document on our website.

2009-10-15
School Teachers Are Compelled To Join National Movement
Teachers of public schools in Kakheti region are compelled to join the ruling party. The teachers say they received directives from school directors. The directors of public schools were instructed by the heads of district educational resource-centers. “Unless we apply to join the National Movement, the directors said our working hours will be limited or we will be fired,” said teachers.

2009-10-15
Tax Inspection VS Independent TV Company
Batumi City Court imposed 277 247 GEL on Batumi based independent TV Company TV-25. This is the debt accumulated during the governance of Aslan Abashidze, former head of Adjara Autonomous Republic that was later annulled by the supreme court of Georgia; however, Batumi Tax Inspection demands the TV Company to pay the debt.

2009-10-13
Prisoners Die in Custodies Because of Inactivity of Penitentiary Department
The Human Rights Center is concerned about the situation in the detention settings of Georgia. Recently, sick inmates have faced serious problems. The Human Rights Center has studied several cases and you can see them on the following links:
http://humanrights.ge/index.php?a=article&id=4230&lang=en
http://humanrights.ge/index.php?a=article&id=4204&lang=en

The Human Rights Center calls upon media and non-governmental organizations to be more concerned about the problem.

2009-10-13
People of Mamaladze Are Reigning in Tsalka
Ecological migrants, residing in the village of Imera in Tsalka district, blame the current local government for protecting close people of former regional governor Levan Mamaladze. The residents of Imera informed the Human Rights Center that Kartlos Mdzeluri, former head of security guard of Levan Mamaladze before he fled from Georgia, purchased hundreds of hectares of land in Imera illegally; he paid only 60 GEL for one hectare. Local residents claim single mandate MP of the Tsalka district Misha Tskitishvili assisted Mdzeluri to purchase the land at such a cheap price when he was district governor.

2009-10-12
Children In Strange House...
According to the UNICEF, children from Shida Kartli region face most problems throughout Georgia. This evaluation was done before the war in August of 2008. The Human Rights Center got interested in the problems of the children who were mentioned in the evaluation of the UNICEF.

2009-10-12
Preparations in Advance for Fraud Elections
“The National Movement (the ruling party) is already preparing for fraud elections and will never refrain from achieving its goal. It will use the rudest and dirtiest methods to fraud the coming elections like previous ones. This time, the representatives of the Kutaisi office of the ruling party intends to involve public schools in the campaign and staffs the board of supervisors with its trustees,” said Nato Katamadze, chairperson of Kutaisi office of the Republic Party.

2009-10-09
Government Does Not Pay Attention to Border Villages
Tsitelubani is a village in Gori district mostly inhabited with ethnic Ossetians, though it is controlled by Georgian side and Georgian policemen strictly control the entrance to the village.

2009-10-08
Georgian TV Report on EU-Funded Mission’s Expert
One of Georgia’s largest national TV stations, Rustavi 2, claimed in its primetime, evening news program, Kurieri, on October 7 that one of the members of group of experts contracted by EU-funded fact-finding mission into the August war, received “fee” from Russia’s state gas monopoly, Gazprom.

2009-10-08
“Recognizing Independence of Abkhazia Could Discharge Tense Situation”
Expert of international law Otto Luchterhandt, who participated in the preparation of the report on Georgian-Russian war, spoke about the lessons learned by the war.

2009-10-08
Hero of Iraq Ramaz Mandzulashvili Won Trial
Defense Ministry of Georgia lost trial against hero of Iraq Ramaz Mandzulashvili.Last year, Gori district court had different opinion about the case of Ramaz Mandzulashvili but it changed its attitude this year. The Ministry of Defence tried to settle the problem before the court passed judgment but the trial turned out too resonant and the court had to pass verdict against the Ministry.

2009-10-08
Court Dismissed the Only Witness from the Court Room
Kutaisi City Court discussed the case on the car-accident which resulted into the death of journalists. The trial was followed with protest demonstration. The victim party – parents of the journalists, blame the court for partiality and urge the local government for help.

2009-10-07
Kutaisi City Hall Does Not Release Public Information
Members of the Kutaisi office of the Republic Party copied out the Article 40 of the Administrative Code of Georgia and put them up on the walls of Kutaisi City Hall. They protested the fact that local officials hide public information from society. Members of the Republic Party state that Kutaisi Mayor and officials have got used to ignore requests on public information.

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