The pressure exerted on journalists and human rights activists in the North Caucasus is the most severe in Russia, according to experts speaking at the Free Speech conference on 23 May in Moscow. The comments came at the presentation of a report on media freedom by the association of writers, journalists, and bloggers.
Archives for May 2017
Officially sanctioned organisations in what was once historical Circassia work almost exclusively to promote Circassian language and culture. Beneath the surface, however, young people espouse more radical ambitions — recognition of the Circassian Genocide, and creation of a united Circassia.
The relatives of Soso Osurauli, a Georgian pilot being held captive by rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo, held a protest in the village of Kvemo Alvani in eastern Georgia on 24 May. The protesters were demanding that the government release details of Osurauli’s precise location. [Read more…]
Two queer men have been attacked in Kakheti, western Georgia. They allege that they were attacked ‘on the grounds of homophobia’.
Russia appointed Marat Kulakhmetov as ambassador to South Ossetia on 23 May, replacing Elbrus Kargiyev, who had served in the post since Russia officially recognised South Ossetia’s independence in 2008. [Read more…]
MPs in Georgia have voted in favour of a draft law which could send young men to prison for avoiding military service. The law, which outlines what ‘avoiding conscription’ entails and prescribes punishments for it, was discussed during a joint session of the Defence and Security and Human Rights parliamentary committees on 23 May. [Read more…]
The archpriest accused of plotting to poison a ‘high ranking member’ of Georgia’s Orthodox Church walked out of court in protest on 19 May, after Tbilisi City Court decided to close hearings into his case to the public. [Read more…]