The Tbilisi Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of an archpriest for plotting to murder the secretary-referent of the head of Georgia’s Orthodox Church, Patriarch Ilia II. [Read more…]
Lawyers in Armenia have postponed planned protest rallies after Parliament passed in its second hearing a controversial bill which would allow judges impose fines on lawyers for contempt of the court. The authorities offered to meet with lawyers to discuss the bill. [Read more…]
The latest death of a construction worker in Georgia demonstrates that the government must stand up for the rights and lives of its citizens. With labour reforms on what seems like indefinite hold, the government now needs to act. [Read more…]
More than 70 Georgian NGOs and prominent cultural figures have published a plan to ‘resolve the crisis’ in the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB). The 6 point plan includes a call for the resignation of the head of the GPB, Vasil Maghlaperidze. [Read more…]
The vice-president and Editor-in-Chief of RFE/RL (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty) Nenad Pejić has confirmed that the outlet had been considering partnering with Rustavi 2 TV, but that they no longer are. Pejić arrived in Georgia on 8 February and spoke with a number of local NGOs, after several organisations signed an open letter calling for answers. They had been concerned over reports that RFE/RL was pressuring its Georgian service, Radio Tavisupleba, to cooperate with the Rustavi 2. [Read more…]
The European Parliament has passed a resolution calling for the immediate release of prominent Chechen human rights activist Oyub Titiyev, Rikard Jozwiak, Brussels reporter for RFE/RL, reported. The 8 February resolution labels drug charges levelled against Titiyev ‘trumped-up’.
Hundreds of lawyers have gone on strike in Armenia, protesting a draft law they say ‘targets lawyers’. The bill would allow judges to fine them for contempt of the court. The lawyers began a two day strike began on 7 February.
A Georgian citizen of Azerbaijani descent charged for fraud in Georgia has been sentenced to 6 years in prison. Farman Jeyranli, 59, was arrested on 20 May charged with ‘extorting a large sum of money from a patient through deception and hiding information dangerous to a patient’s health’. [Read more…]
Shamil Nurmagomedov, the brother of suspected IS militant Marat Nurmagomedov, has been sentenced to seven years in prison for providing material help to a terrorist organisation. A court ordered that their father, Kazim Nurmagomedov, be detained for two months.