Human rights organisation Freedom House has published the latest edition of its Freedom in the World report, which measures the degree of civil liberties and political rights in every nation and significant disputed territories around the world.
Archives for January 2017
On the day after an enormous fire engulfed the Bavshvta Samyaro shopping centre in central Tbilisi on 31 January, the hundreds of vendors affected have received a small ray of hope. Gold and silver jewelry, which had been kept in safes in the building’s basement, have survived the fire. [Read more…]
About 100 residents of the capital of Daghestan, Makhachkala, gathered in the Lenin Kosmomol Park on 29 January for a rally. The civil action was organised to protest against the felling of old trees for the construction of a new museum.
On 30 January, human rights lawyer Yelena Denisenko was detained at the Gerzelsky checkpoint between Daghestan and Chechnya. Law enforcement officials confiscated the human rights defender’s passport and didn’t return it for about 40 minutes.
Cases of child abuse are on the rise in Chechnya. Children are the victims of unprovoked aggression and violence from adults. Psychologists explain this is a society-wide post-war syndrome.
Former workers at a nitrogen factory in Rustavi, in southeast Georgia, who were recently fired by the company’s new management, staged a protest in front of the factory on 30 January. [Read more…]
Chechnya is set to institutionalise the right to wear religious symbols, such as hijabs, crosses, or Jewish caps, in schools. A relevant bill has been put before the Chechen Parliament. The move comes in response to a statement made on 24 January by Russian Education Minister Olga Vasilyeva, calling for a ban on the hijab in schools.
An armed clash took place on the night of 29 January in Shali, Chechnya’s third largest city, between suspected militants and law enforcement officials. The shootout occurred in the city centre, near a police station. According to one version of the story, the militants fired at the building before trying to flee the scene. According to another version, a group of suspicious looking young people was stopped by police.
The de facto republic of South Ossetia is considering opening up trade with the rest of Georgia. However, the proposals are meeting resistance from those opposed to trading with their ‘enemy’.