The suicide of a teenage girl in western Georgia’s Guria Region sparked outrage over the weekend after it emerged that prior to her death she was being blackmailed. The suicide led to widespread discussions in Georgia about online blackmail, suicide prevention, whether there is a ‘culture of shame’ in Georgia, and media ethics.
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.
A man committed a suicide after trying to rob two banks in central Tbilisi on 12 September, Georgia’s Interior Ministry has confirmed to OC Media after a preliminary investigation. [Read more…]
Human rights activist Mehman Galandarov was found dead in Baku Detention Centre on 28 April; according to an official statement by the authorities, Galandarov committed suicide.
Human rights in the military is an issue of concern to rights groups around the world. In Armenia, reports by local and international organisations and the US Department of State suggest a concerning situation in the the country’s armed forces.