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2016-12-26
Human Rights Center and Legal Aid Service Signed Cooperation Memorandum
Today, Human Rights Center and Legal Aid Service signed cooperation memorandum. The purpose of the memorandum is to promote the survey of Human Rights Center into the new rule of witness interrogation, which was introduced as a new amendment in the Criminal Code of Georgia on February 20, 2016. Also, to provide the witnesses with effective legal aid to ensure their procedural rights.
2016-12-23
Human Rights Center requests dismissal of the director and the teacher from the Tbilisi Public School # 67
Human Rights Center addresses the Minister of Education and Science of Georgia Aleksandre Jejelava to take strict administrative measures and suspend professional activities of the director of the Tbilisi Public School # 67 and the teacher in the same school, who is the mentor of the disabled student.

2016-12-22
Address of Human Rights Center about the Activities of the Counter-Intelligence Department and Breached Rights of Foreign Citizens
Human Rights Center responds to the discussion about the activities of the Counter-Intelligence Department of Georgia and reminds the Government of Georgia of the legal problems of foreign citizens in the country, that is caused by the laws on the counter-intelligence activities and legal status of aliens and state-less persons in Georgia. 
2016-12-20
Training for journalists
Human Rights Center announced a competition for 1-day training for journalists.
2016-12-10
December 10 – International Human Rights Day
On December 10, the Human Rights Day has been marked internationally since December 10, 1948 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. 

2016-12-08
Human Rights Center Claims the Constitutional Court of Georgia to Declare the Decree of the Minister of Corrections Unconstitutional
On December 8, at 12:30 pm, in the conference hall of Human Rights House Tbilisi, Human Rights Center will hold press-conference about the constitutional lawsuit, where the organization requests the Constitutional Court of Georgia to declare the April 10, 2014 Decree # 55 of the Minister of Corrections of Georgia unconstitutional.
2016-11-29
Joint Statement of Human Rights Center and Norwegian Helsinki Committee regarding Russia’s Withdrawal from Rome Statute
Human Rights Center and Norwegian Helsinki Committee Express Support to Investigation into the 2008 August War by International Criminal Court notwithstanding the Obstacles Presented by Russia
2016-11-28
Human Rights Center Requests Investigation into the Facts of Female Genital Mutilation
Human Rights Center is alarmed with facts of the female genital mutilation identified in some villages of Kvareli municipality and their justification with the religious traditions.

2016-11-14
Public Defender Calls on Tabula TV Company to Remove Sexist Promo from Internet
On November 10, 2016, the Public Defender of Georgia addressed the Tabula TV Company with a general proposal regarding a sexist promo video of the program Restaurant. The Public Defender considers that the video contributes to strengthening of gender stereotypes.
2016-11-13
Public Defender's Statement on Female Genital Mutilation
The Public Defender has started to study the cases of alleged female genital mutilation in the Kvareli municipality, Kakheti region, on his own initiative. On October 24-25 and November 9, 2016, the Public Defender’s representatives met and talked with locals of the Kvareli villages, including school teachers, representatives of the governor, the chief of the Kvareli District Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and a doctor-gynecologist of one of the maternity hospitals of the city of Telavi.
2016-11-03
Human Rights Center signed memorandum with Public Defender
Today, Human Rights Center signed cooperation memorandum with the Public Defender of Georgia. 
The purpose of the memorandum is to promote the survey of Human Rights Center into the new rule of witness interrogation, which was introduced as a new amendment in the Criminal Code of Georgia on February 20, 2016. Purpose of the new provision is to protect witness’ rights and prevent oppression and inappropriate treatment of witnesses in the investigative bodies. 
2016-10-24
Statement of NGOs – We request adequate reaction to the facts of hindered activities of election observers
We, the election observation organizations, express concern about the facts of hindering the work of election observers, their verbal and physical assault on October 8, the Parliamentary Election Day. We call on the law enforcement bodies to conduct timely and effective investigation to identify harassers and hold them responsible under the law.
2016-10-18
The Ministry of Corrections to pay 20 000 GEL as compensation to the torture victim
Human Rights Center appealed the Court and requested financial compensation for the former convict Tamaz R, who was granted status of torture victim by prison personnel. 
2016-10-17
Public Defender’s Statement on Muslims’ Right to Pray in Mokhe
The Public Defender is responding to the media reports, according to which, law enforcement officers blocked the entrance to a building where representatives of the Muslim community started performing prayers in the village of Mokhe, Adigeni. The building belongs to the Adigeni municipality. The Muslim community believes that the building is a mosque, though no decision has yet been made on the ownership of the building by a special commission that has been studying the issue of the disputed building for 2 years.
2016-10-16
URGENT APPEAL - THE OBSERVATORY
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and FIDH, requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Georgia.

2016-10-09
NHC and IPHR election observers attacked in Georgia
(Brussels, Oslo and Tbilisi, 9 October 2016) During the Georgian Parliamentary Elections on 8 October 2016 a violent incident occurred in Western Georgia. A group of unidentified men broke into polling station 79 in the village of Jikhashkari in the Zugdidi district, disrupted the counting procedure and physically attacked international election observers, who represented the joint mission of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC), International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) and European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE). 
2016-10-06
The recent precedents set by the latest decisions of the Disciplinary Collegium and Chamber pose danger to judicial independence
The Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary responds to the May and July 2016 decisions of the Disciplinary Collegium and Disciplinary Chamber in the case of Judge Giorgi Sulakadze.  The Coalition attempted to obtain additional information regarding this disciplinary case, and among others, reviewed and studied the decisions published on the web page of the Collegium.  Based on this research, the Coalition considers the precedent set by these decisions as containing danger to judicial independence.
2016-10-03
Address of Human Rights Center about the Incidents in Gori and Didinedzi
Human Rights Center is concerned with the increasing frequency of aggressive incidents during the pre-election campaign and calls on the government to promptly investigate the facts, take effective steps to prevent similar incidents in future.
2016-09-27
The Campaign This Affects You Responds to the Dissemination of the Audio-Records of Alleged Phone Conversation between Mikheil Saakashvili and UNM
The Campaign This Affects You responds to the dissemination of the audio records of the alleged phone conversation between ex-president of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, and the members of the United National Movement. 


2016-09-18
Public Defender's Statement on Secret Recordings
A secret recording of a telephone conversation between Rustavi 2 Director General Nika Gvaramia and politician Paata Burchuladze  was  released on September 14, 2016. Similar cases are negatively seen in the pre-election period, when healthy media environment and existence of factors determining free and fair elections are of particular importance.
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