PACE co-rapporteurs to make monitoring visit to Georgia

(coe.int) Co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will make a fact-finding visit to Tbilisi Wednesday for the monitoring of obligations and commitments by Georgia. Titus Corlatean (Romania, SOC) and Claude Kern (France, ALDE) will mainly focus on the recent political developments, the October 2021 local elections, the reform of the judiciary, and the issues of ethnic and religious minorities, and [...]

Saakashvili was inappropriately given strong “anti-psychotic drugs” in prison, a group of medics says

Mikheil Saakashvili at the Tbilisi Court, November 29 (Imedinews photo). TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia's former president, Mikheil Saakashvili, was given "anti-psychotic drugs" while in custody without a medical need, according to an organization involved in his defense, [...]

PACE co-rapporteurs to make fact-finding visit to #Tbilisi #Georgia to mainly focus on October 2021 local elections, the reform of the judiciary, the issues of ethnic and religious minorities, and the LGTBI. #PACE #CoE https://dfwatch.net/pace-co-rapporteurs-to-make-monitoring-visit-to-georgia-54913

Ex-pres Mikheil #Saakashvili was given strong "anti-psychotic" drugs in prison without a medical need, which may account to "pharmacological torture", states organization involved in his defense. #Tbilisi #Georgia
https://dfwatch.net/saakashvili-was-inappropriately-given-strong-anti-psychotic-drugs-in-prison-medics-and-lawyer-suspect-54902

Georgia's former president Saakashvili to be moved from prison to military hospital after deteriorating health 50 days into hunger strike https://dfwatch.net/georgias-former-president-saakashvili-to-be-moved-from-prison-to-military-hospital-after-deteriorating-health-50-days-into-hunger-strike-54897 via @DFWatch

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Georgia’s former president Saakashvili to be moved from prison to military hospital after deteriorating health 50 days into hunger strike

Supporters of Mikheil Saakashvili rallied in Tbilisi Friday. (Adjaratv.ge) TBILISI, DFWatch--In Georgia, the government Friday agreed to transfer the imprisoned former president Mikheil Saakashvili to a military hospital, after a sudden deterioration of his health. [...]

Saakashvili rushed to prison hospital as supporters rally around the Georgian parliament building in Tbilisi

(RL/RFE.) TBILISI, DFWatch--The former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili was rushed to a prison hospital in Tbilisi Monday evening, reportedly due to a deteriorating health condition after being on a hunger strike for 39 days. Saakashvili [...]

Saakashvili receives emergency treatment as health seriously deteriorates after 25 days on hunger strike

TBILISI, DFWatch--Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili’s health condition deteriorated critically Monday, after 25 days of hunger strike. His condition was so serious that he required emergency treatment by doctors. After a while his condition improved, [...]

Georgia’s GD government holds off on tougher Covid-19 restrictions until after second round of local elections

Amiran Gamkrelidze. (TV Pirveli.) TBILISI, DFWatch--Officials in Georgia are considering a return to tougher Covid-19 restrictions after a sharp rise in new cases, but are likely to wait until after the second round of the [...]

Georgia mourns nine victims of building collapse

People brought dolls, flowers and candles to the site where an apartment building collapsed in Batumi, Georgia, killing nine people. (IPN.) TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia is mourning the victims of the collapse of a 7-storey building  in [...]

Georgia’s ruling party achieves 47% in local elections, higher than EU mediated agreement’s trigger level for snap poll

Georgians went to the polls Saturday to elect municipal councils and mayors. TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia's local elections have so far earned mixed results, with both the ruling party and the opposition celebrating victory and highlighting their [...]

Former president Saakashvili returns to Georgia and is arrested a day before local elections

Former President Mikheil Saakashvili. TBILISI, DFWatch--Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili allegedly returned on Friday to his home country on Friday after eight and a half years’ absence. Law enforcement authorities arrested the former leader the [...]

Georgia’s ruling party asks for stronger EU condemnation of UNM ‘provocation’

Altercation between Nika Melia (left) and Irakli Kobakhidze at the EU office in Tbilisi. (Ambebi.ge) TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s ruling party, GD, criticizes EU Ambassador Carl Hartzell for being too timid in his criticism of the leader [...]

Leader of Georgia’s main opposition party stripped of his seat in parliament

Nika Melia. (1tv.ge) TBILISI, DFWatch--The largest opposition party’s candidate for Tbilisi mayor has lost his seat in the Georgian parliament. Nika Melia, leader of the largest opposition party United National Movement (UNM), asked for the [...]

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GD president Bidzina Ivanishvili (left) and speaker of parliament Archil Talakvadze. (Facebook.) Georgia’s ruling party received almost half of revenues totally got by all parties in 2019, whilst [...]

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