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NGO news

  • Curbing of illegal surveillance delayed, campaigners saybug secret listening device
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Campaigners in Georgia suspect law enforcement agencies are intentionally prolonging a legislative hearing about illegal wiretapping. The campaign ‘This Affects You Too’, which includes several of the most influential NGOs ...
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Interviews

  • David Lidington explains the UK's view on the Ukraine crisis
    Rusiko Machaidze
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    TBILISI, DFWatch--We sat down with David Lidington, UK Minister for Europe, who visited on April 1-2, and asked him about Georgia's association agreement with the EU and whether NATO should set it on course for membership. Is it possible that Ru...
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Opinion

  • Planned funding scheme for religious groups is discriminatory
    Sarah Delys
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    Late January the Government of Georgia adopted a resolution which enables the financing of four traditional religious confessions: the Roman Catholic Church, the Armenian Apostolic Church, and Muslim and Jewish groups. Until now, the Georgian Ortho...
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Economy

  • Georgian foreign trade in Q1 up 18%Rustavi_car_market_-_rustavi.ge_Cropped
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s foreign trade turnover in the first three months of 2014 was USD 2,523 million. This is 18 percent more than in the same period last year. Preliminary data published by Georgia’s National Statistics Department, Ge...
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Society

  • One dies in manganese plant in Chiatura, GeorgiaDSC_0372_copy_Chiatura_miners_2014-03-21
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A mine worker died Thursday in a metal ore processing plant in Chiatura, a town in western Georgia. Another worker was injured and brought to the hospital. The plant was being dismantled by workers in the Darkveti mine on order...
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News

  • Ex-counterintelligence chief applies for asylum in Greecedata-akhalaia
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A former Georgian counterintelligence chief in exile has applied for political asylum in Greece. Data Akhalaia, the former head of the Constitutional Security Department (Kudi) during the Saakashvili regime, is brother of the i...
  • The economy isn't everything, say Georgia's green activistsgreen fist 02
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A new movement has sprung up in Georgia in response to the government forcing through a gigantic hydro power project against strong popular resistance. The movement is called Green Fist and began as a group of twenty youth who ...
  • Simpler Russian citizenship rules may pose threat to GeorgiaRussian_interests_section_-_Tbilisi_Crop
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A Georgian diplomat says Georgia must be on guard after the Russian Duma passed a bill which simplifies the rules for getting Russian citizenship. The legislative amendment has been a cause of concern for groups in Georgia the ...
  • Georgia halts RMG's mining at prehistoric sitesakdrisi_demonstration_2014-04-19
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s culture minister promises to halt excavation work at an ancient a gold mine in the south of the country after protesters camped near the site raised the alarm that it was being damaged by RMG Gold. Culture Minister ...
  • Georgia on top of EU visa rejection listvisa_passport_2
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia is on top of a list of former Soviet countries from where the highest number of people get their visa application rejected by the EU. For each country in EU’s Eastern Partnership plus Russia, the Schengen visa rejecti...
  • Georgian leaders attend Easter serviceeaster_eve_01
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Where and how to observe Easter is important for politicians in Georgia, and this year was no exception. This Easter, the prime minister and other government members attended Easter Eve service in the recently constructed Trini...
  • Protest intensifies as RMG starts digging at ancient minesakdrisi_demonstration_2014-04-19
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Protesters who are camped near an ancient gold mine in southern Georgia say the mining company RMG Gold started excavation work on a section of the mine on Tuesday afternoon, but the Ministry of Internal Affairs denied this. Th...
  • Why did Georgia declare a 'moratorium' on ex-officials?irakli_gharibashvili
    TBILISI, DFWatch--After the government Monday announced a 'moratorium' on prosecuting politicians, the National Movement criticizes it for misleading people by not fulfilling its promise. On Monday, Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili in a state...
  • Georgian TV crew released by South OssetiaTV3_crew_released_05_Crop
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A Georgian TV crew of three was released by South Ossetia Wednesday evening. Bela Zakaidze, Vakho Lekiashvili and Mikheil Mikhoev were detained Tuesday as they crossed the de facto border near Adzvi. They were taken by Russi...
  • Confusion over Georgian justice moratoriumgigi_ugulava_2013-12-18
    TBILISI, DFWatch--In Georgia, the National Movement is crying foul over the trial against one of their top people, suspended Tbilisi Mayor Gigi Ugulava. The reason is that the prime minister recently announced a 'moratorium' on prosecuting any m...
  • Georgian justice minister calls for fair election campaigngigi_ugulava_-_eggs_Crop
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia's minister of justice calls on everyone to allow political parties to conduct their election campaign in a normal environment, after eggs were thrown at National Movement activists last weekend. People threw eggs at for...
  • Georgian TV crew detained in South OssetiaBela_Zakaidze_-_Vakho_Lekiashvili_2014-04-15_Crop
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A Georgian TV crew of three was detained by Russian soldiers Tuesday on the de facto border with South Ossetia. RES, the official news agency of the breakaway region confirmed that three Georgians had been detained, but failed ...
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Minorities

  • Memorial to the Armenian genocide unveiled in TbilisiJughai_khachqar_Tbilisiyum
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A memorial to the Armenian genocide was unveiled in Tbilisi on Monday. The memorial is made of stone and stands in the yard of Surb Etchmiadzin Church in the capital. Levon Isakhanian, representative of the Armenian community ...
  • School children in Tbilisi harassed due to teacher neglectschool_class_-_Ministry_of_Education_and_Science
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A new study has found that children in Georgian schools are verbally and physically harassed because of their ethnicity, belief, appearance or for other reasons. The study is based on interviews with all pupils from 8th to 11th...
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