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The Government Commits Crime
The Statement of Human Rights Centre

On November 2 Georgian people came out in the streets under the leadership of the United Opposition. Tbilisi demonstrations have already been going for several days in front of the Parliament. The main demand of demonstrators are to hold parliamentary elections in spring instead of previously estimated autumn. Some opposition leaders went on hunger strike.

Although the number of demonstrators reached approximately hundreds of  thousand people, the government does not intend to start a dialogue. The situation is becoming complicated day by day which might result serious holocaust. The Human Rights Centre considers that the means which the government utilizes nowadays is unacceptable and ineffective. Moreover, it makes situation more tense.

Human Rights Centre considers that the government committed following crimes during recent days:

Open Letter of NGO Coalition for Democracy
November 4, 2007  Tbilisi, Georgia

To the President of the United States of America Mr. George W. Bush
To the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Mrs. Nancy Pelosi
To the United States Secretary of State Mrs. Condoleezza Rice

Dear Mr. President,
Dear Mrs. Speaker,
Dear Mrs. Secretary of State,

We, the representatives of civil society of Georgia, wish to draw your attention to the serious internal political crisis in our country. More than one hundred thousand of people, thousands among them coming from distant provinces, gathered in a mass rally in front of the House of Parliament since November 2, 2007 demand from the government of Georgia to respond to the opposition parties’ request to return the country to democratic norms and principles. Government tries to qualify this event as an ordinary manifestation, but we believe that this is really a large-scale manifestation of popular protest. The major demands are not to prolong the constitutionally determined term of the current parliament beyond four years, to abolish recently adopted constitutional changes allowing the elections to be held in the fall of 2008 instead of April 2008 and to ensure a democratic election code. Beyond these understandable and legitimate requests, the main motivation expressed by the rally has been that the government ignores any different opinion and criticism, refuses to directly engage in dialogue with people and promotes selective justice which undermines human security in the country.

Concluding observations of the Human Rights Committee on Georgia
1. The Committee considered the third periodic report submitted by Georgia
(CCPR/C/GEO/3) at its 2483rd and 2484th meetings (CCPR/C/SR.2483 and 2484), held on 15
and 16 October 2007, and adopted the following concluding observations at its 2500 meeting
(CCPR/C/SR.2500), held on 26 October 2007.

Human Rights Centre Statement
Human Rights Centre Statement

 Action of  Georgia Government has no analogue

Human rights Centre express deep concern about current situation in Georgia.  Law enforcers, dressed in civil clothes, are blocking roads, cutting wheels and beating drives of cars and buses, by which people from districts want to go to Tbilisi. Human Rights Centre considers, that it is violation of human rights and freedom of expression. There are not many facts in the world, when government go against people so evidently.
The Statement of the Human Rights Centre (HRIDC)
Government aims to instill fear into the population
The Human Rights Centre (HRIDC) expresses its deep concern over the fact, which has  taken place in Tbilisi on Rustaveli Avenue, on October 16. The police arrested four activists of the Youth Against  Violence movement: Irakli Japaridze, Giorgi Mestumrishvili, Irakli Gaprindashvili and Irakli Chukhua.

In the Expectation of Internal Re-Displacement
IDPs residing in Telavi based hotel of Kakheti” were given five days to leave the building. The police warned them about it yesterday. The hotel, where nearly 60 families have lived since 1992, was purchased by Centre-Point Company. Local government offered 10 000 lari as compensation to each family from district budget. The IDPs said that they will not be able to buy any accommodation in Telavi with the money.
Expensive Life
Price on wheat increases day-by-day. People in Samtskhe-Javakheti Region cannot plant wheat so they have to buy bread. In this situation expensive life bothers villagers and city dwellers in similar way. Entrepreneurs cannot maintain prices on bread.
Will the appointment of the candidate judges nominated by the Supreme Council of Justice for life-long term in the Supreme Court strengthen justice?
Yes NO I cannot answer


Vanished people – “Never forget me”
Grandma disappeared a month ago. 73-years-old grandma joined the list of missing people; she disappeared from her own yard, in her native village.
Disbelief based on partiality Reality is different
Fragile Peace in Balkans


Forgotten by government veterans
Every year, fewer and fewer veterans of the World War II meet the Victory Day. The society receives information about them only on
Villages of the Hopeless
What happened to Dream of Justice Revival?


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