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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

  • Georgia had 8 percent increase in visitors in Marchtourists
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia had an 8 percent increase in number of visitors in March, 2014, compared to the same period last year. There came 392,725 visitors in the third month of 2014, according to new monthly figures published by the Ministry o...
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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

  • 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 ...
  • Abashidze and Karasin will meet tomorrow in Pragueabashidze_zurab
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Negotiatiors for Russia and Georgia are meeting April 16 in Prague, after postponing several times. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gregory Karasin and Georgia's PM's Special Representative for Russian Relations Zurab Abashidze...
  • Georgian lawyer group files lawsuit against Russiadvani_razor_wire
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A human rights organization in Georgia has taken Russia to the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of 19 people living on the border with the breakaway territory South Ossetia. The case concerns people living in the villag...
  • Georgia gets new region and infrastructure ministerDavit_narmania_-_irakli_gharibashvili_-_Elguja_Khokrishvili_2014-04-14_Crop
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Elguja Khokrishvili was Monday appointed as Georgia's new minister for regional development and infrastructure. He will take over from Davit Narmania, who is stepping down in order to run for Tbilisi mayor in the local election...
  • Anti-Russia rally outside government office in TbilisiDSC_0351 copy
    TBILISI, DFWatch--An anti-Russia rally outside the government office in Tbilisi Sunday demanded a ban on organizations cooperating with Russia and making it a crime to publicly deny that Russia is an aggressor. The rally was called 'No to collab...
  • Pro-EU rally and concert in TbilisiDSC_0437_copy_Crop
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A concert was held in Tbilisi on Sunday to rally support for Georgia's integration with the EU. The concert was called We Want Europe. Among the speakers was President Giorgi Margvelashvili who addressed the crowd in the beginn...
  • MP and former prosecutor charged with abuse of powerroland_akhalaia_Crop
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The Prosecutor’s Office in Georgia has officially charged National Movement parliamentarian Roland Akhalaia. Akhalaia is charged with abusing his power as prosecutor by demanding money from the family of a defendant for enter...
  • Campaigners launch protest camp to defend ancient Georgian sitesakdrisi_gold_mine
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A campaign to save an ancient gold mine in southern Georgia is planning to start a protest camp on Monday. The Public Committee to Save Sakdrisi, which consists of students, scientists and an initiative group of non-governmenta...
  • Court ruling supports former GPB board membersgeorgian-public-broadcaster
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia's Constitutional Court has decided that the Public Broadcaster cannot fire members of its board before the end of their term. Meanwhile, parliament has still not selected new board members, a process which has been drag...
  • Russian plane flies briefly over GeorgiaAntonov_An-2_Crop
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A Russian plane overflew Georgian-controlled territory briefly on Thursday, Georgia's Interior Ministry confirmed. The plane, of the model Antonov An-2, flew over the village Khurcha near the de facto border with the breakaway ...
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Minorities

  • Why do so few girls finish school in Duzagrama?school_in_Duzagrama_Crop
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Pariz Alakhverdiani, 17, is in 12th grade at the public school in Duzagrama, a small village in southeast Georgia populated by ethnic Azerbaijanis. Alakhverdiani wants to study at the Medical University in Tbilisi and has decid...
  • Adjara changes its decision to allow new mosque in Batumirustavi2hq06-04-2014_21_12_26_Crop
    TBILISI, DFWatch--In Georgia's southwestern Adjara region, authorities have changed their decision to allow the Muslim population to build a new mosque in Batumi, a city on the shores of the Black Sea. Tens of thousands of Muslims live in differ...
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