2013-12-30Violated Law and Unfined Election Subjects
Two months have passed after Presidential elections of Georgia but Batumi streets have not been cleaned off the election posters of the presidential candidates. Moreover, in some places, one can see posters of past year elections too. Supervision department of Batumi City Hall, though term prescribed by the Election Code has expired, election subjects were not fined so far.
2013-12-30Salaries and Pensions to Be Raised in Akhalgori District from January 2014
From January 2014, de-facto government of Akhalgori district intends to raise salaries and pensions at 20-30%. Locals report that de-facto government intended those amendments from September 2013 but as local teachers say, it was postponed.
2013-12-27GPB Board Composition Process Reaches Deadlock - Media Advocacy Coalition
Media Advocacy Coalition is concerned since, according to the Coalition members, the process of the composition of the Board of Trustees of the Georgian Public Broadcasting (GPB) has reached deadlock, the coalition said in its statement released on December 26, 2013.
2013-12-27IC Group after Aditi – Medical Personnel Continue Protest against Insurance Companies
Medical personnel of the Khashuri district medical emergency service blocked central motorway connecting Eastern and Western Georgia. They tried to attract the attention of the government. Medical personnel request Insurance Company IC Group to pay their four months’ salary arrears.
2013-12-27De-Facto Border Will Not Be Locked before Next Spring
Issue of closing de-facto border partly will not be settled before spring 2014. Special Commission set up in Tskhinvali, which works on supplying Akhalgori district with food products, cannot deliver conclusion in December. As it was reported from Tskhinvali, unless the problem of food supply in Akhalgori district is solved, the new regulations will not go in force.
2013-12-27Public Defender Responds to the Initiative of the Government of Georgia Concerning Postponing the Date of Enforcement of the Procedure of Interrogatio
The Public Defender of Georgia responds to information dispersed by mass-media sources regarding draft bill initiated at the Parliament of Georgia that considers postponing enforcement of certain laws. Provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code of Georgia, which introduce the procedure envisaging interrogation of witnesses only in court and which were supposed to enter into force after December 31, 2013, are among them.
2013-12-26“Real Reason of My Dismissal Was Signature Collected in Favor of My Father-In-Law”
District governor fired senior specialist at the Sport and Youth Affairs Service at Lanchkhuti District Administration Shakro Baramidze. Head of the Service Sopo Chkhaidze clarified to humanrights.ge that motive of Baramidze’s dismissal was his frequent absence.
2013-12-26Discontent about Alleged Past Conviction of the Chief Prosecutor of Georgia
On December 23, Tbilisi Mayor Gigi Ugulava stated at the special briefing in the office of the United National Movement that Chief Prosecutor of Georgia Otar Partskhaladze was convicted for robbery in Germany.
2013-12-26Telavi Municipal Board Approved 2014 Budget
According to the Telavi district 2014 budget, funds envisaged for the salaries of the employees of district administration and municipal board were increased at 247 400 lari. Funds for the assistance of socially indigent population and for the protection of infrastructure and monuments were reduced.
2013-12-26Adjara Prosecutor Annulled Meeting Day
New prosecutor of Adjara Autonomous Republic Shota Tkeshelashvili annulled the meeting day with citizens. Lawyers and journalists complain about closed prosecutor’s office. Nobody clarified why the days for meeting with prosecutor was annulled and why prosecutors do not answer questions of media.
2013-12-25Failed Orange Autumn in Adjara
Population of Adjara is discontent with the realization of mandarin. Part of harvest was not collected yet because of bad weather. Another collected part of the harvest is stored in boxes and waiting for purchasers; small part of them was sold on debt. Representatives of the Agriculture Ministry of Adjara state they have done everything to make the “orange” autumn successful.
2013-12-25Child rights monitoring standards are now available at Public Defender’s Office
Child rights monitoring standards are now available at Public Defender’s Office. The results of the one-year work are summarized by the Child Rights Centre of the Public Defender’s Office and UNICEF
2013-12-24Activities of Majoritarian MPs Negatively Evaluated in Imereti Region
Several organizations got interested in the activities of the majoritarian MPs during past one and half year after the 2012 Parliamentary Elections. Conducted surveys did not show good results – despite preliminary promises, majoritarian MPs, their bureaus do not work properly and request MPs to be more attentive towards electorate.
2013-12-24GPB Trustee Selection Commission shortlists 27 candidates for voting
Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) Board of Trustees Candidates Selection Commission has selected the 27 candidates that will be nominated to Parliament for voting. The list was published at the official Facebook page of the Selection Commission.
2013-12-24Georgia: Does Big Brother Rely on Swedish Firm to Snoop?
Compared with the gargantuan scale of the US National Security Agency’s surveillance machine, the 21,000 cell phones that the government of Georgia can supposedly monitor each day is miniscule. But anger over state snooping is still creating a PR challenge for officials in Tbilisi.
2013-12-24TV-debates between GPB Board of Trustees candidates to be organized
candidates for Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) Board of Trustees membership candidates will be broadcasted by the Second Channel 24 December. Debates will be recorded in the Real Area studio. Presenter of the debates will be the Head Producer of the Second Channel Dodo Shonava.
2013-12-23New Regional Governor Intends Personnel Changes in Guria
New regional governor in Guria Giorgi Chkhaidze officially started implementation of his duties on December 16. On the first day, Chkhaidze met his colleagues. Initially he met employees of the Lanchkhuti district administration, then of Chokhatauri district administration and finally the heads of services at the regional administration. The regional governor said reorganization will be carried out in the regional and district administrations.
2013-12-23Draft Self-Government Code
On December 13, Parliament of Georgia passed the new bill on self-governance through first hearing. The bill, which aims at complying main principles of the European Charter on Local Self-Governance with the Georgian reality, intends to establish administrative arrangement of the Georgian territory and absolute self-governance via elections.
2013-12-23Open Day for Homeless Citizens at Human Rights House Tbilisi
On December 20, at 12:00 pm lawyers of the Article 42 of the Constitution organized an Open Day for homeless people in the HRHT Conference hall.
2013-12-20Irakli Shiolashvili to Be Kakheti Regional Governor
Dedoplistskaro district governor Irakli Shiolashvili was appointed to the position of the Kakheti Regional Governor. He had been district governor since November 28, 2012. Shiolashvili is a lawyer; before occupying the position of the governor, he worked for the Ministry of Finance. In 2007-2010 he was majoritarian deputy of Dedoplistskaro district in the municipal board from the political party Industry Will Save Georgia.
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