The Parliament of Georgia led by the Georgian Dream party adopted the constitutional amendments with 115 votes in the first and second reading on 22 and 23 June without consent from the opposition parties. The parliament is about to adopt the changes after its third and final hearing. [Read more…]
The health condition of Afgan Mukhtarli, the Azerbaijani journalist abducted from Tbilisi on 29 May and currently kept in a jail in Baku, has been getting worse and he has not been transferred to a hospital, Mukhtarli’s wife Leyla Mustafayeva told Tbilisi-based news outlet On.ge on 26 June. [Read more…]
On 25 June, the Zavodsky District Court of Grozny sentenced a citizen of Georgia, Beslan Gaurgashvili, to three years in a penal colony for participating in the war in Syria on the side of the Islamic State.
Azerbaijan’s Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of Azerbaijani activist Bayram Mammadov, who was arrested on drug charges after painting controversial graffiti on a statue of Heydar Aliyev in Baku. Mammadov has began a hunger strike, Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayil has reported. [Read more…]
Rostov District Military Court has convicted four Ingush men for the systematic sexual abuse of a young boy over a period of several years. The court found all four guilty, sentencing them to prison. [Read more…]
A mosque in the village of Shamkhal, several kilometres north-west of the Daghestani capital of Makhachkala, was closed because according to official documents, the building should be a shop, authorities claim. Local worshippers have been prevented from entering the building for over a month. [Read more…]
Residents of a village in central Daghestan have appealed in court against the military’s acquisition of agricultural land in their village. On 20 June, Daghestan’s Supreme Court postponed consideration of the claim at the request of the Prosecutor's Office, who have asked for more time to study the case. [Read more…]
The Rustavi District Prosecutor's Office has filed charges against a 60-year-old man for animal cruelty, which is punishable by one year’s community service or a fine determined by the court, for allegedly killing a dog. [Read more…]