A female councillor on Yerevan’s City Council was attacked by a number of her male colleagues, after she brought jars of sewage in to a debate to protest living conditions in one of Yerevan’s districts. A protest rally was held later that day, and the brawl sparked discussions on misogyny in society and politics.
Queer rights activism has come a long way in Georgia, but faced with rising homophobia, cooperation within the movement is crucial now more than ever. [Read more…]
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.
The beginning of 2018 has come to mean two things for Armenians: rising prices for essential goods, and for many, a new tax burden. The opposition Yelk are now confronting the government, encouraging Armenians to take their anger to the streets.
Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets on 25 January to protest the conviction of actor Giorgi ‘Bakhala’ Giorganashvili on drugs charges. Tbilisi City Court sentenced Giorganashvili, who claimed police planted drugs on him, to eight years in prison. [Read more…]
Hundreds took to streets in Yerevan last week to join protests organised by the opposition Yelk Alliance against recent price hikes on food and fuel. The Yelk Alliance has attributed the rising prices to recent changes to the country’s tax code. [Read more…]
Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli, who was abducted in Georgia last May, was sentenced to 6 years in prison by an Azerbaijani court on 12 January. He was convicted of smuggling €10,000 ($11,200) in cash, border trespass, and disobeying border guards. [Read more…]
A man cut himself inside Gori’s Municipal Office on 22 December in an apparent suicide attempt during a protest by internally displaced persons (IDPs) demanding adequate housing. Vitali Gamkhuashvili, a resident of the village of Sveneti in Gori Municipality, cut himself after his application for public housing was declined by local authorities, RFE/RL’s Georgian Service reports.
Dozens of women’s rights activists gathered in Tbilisi on 10 December to rally against sexual violence and harassment. [Read more…]