Azerbaijani minority in Georgia

Abduction of Mukhtarli Reduces Trust in Georgian Authorities among Ethnic Azerbaijani Population

By | September 27th, 2017|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , |

Ethnic Azerbaijani people make up 6.3% of the Georgian population, or 233,000 persons. It is the biggest ethnic minority community in the country, though their voice is least heard here. The main reason is that ethnic Azerbaijani people do not trust the Government of Georgia. Moreover, they are afraid of the government. […]

Can Caucasus become one? Festival opens where three countries meet

By | August 26th, 2016|Categories: Minorities|Tags: , , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–The One Caucasus Festival kicked off in Georgia on Thursday, bringing together tourists and young people from all over the country, from different ethnic backgrounds, in order to enjoy music performances by local and foreign artists. One Caucasus […]

Interview: ‘Thinking Citizen’ and ethnic Azerbaijani activism in Georgia

By | June 17th, 2016|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , |

Ruslan Asad is an Azerbaijani civil society activist and a co-founder of the Thinking Citizen (Düşünən Vətəndaş) project, which brings together young representatives of Georgia’s ethnic Azerbaijani community. He told DF Watch about the project’s aims, successes, and future plans in the context of issues faced by the community. […]

Suspect arrested for fatal stabbing in Tbilisi suburb

By | April 8th, 2016|Categories: Minorities|Tags: , , , |

Zarangul Akhmedova, mother of the murder victim. (DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Police in Georgia arrested a person Thursday accused of murdering 22 year old Pikrat Akhmedov on December 28 in Ponichala, a predominantly Azeri suburb of Tbilisi. The Ministry of Internal Affairs informed said police from Isani-Samgori […]

Controversial bilingual education program to be changed

By | December 14th, 2014|Categories: Minorities|Tags: , , |

(Photo by Ministry of Education and Science.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The current bilingual education program does not serve its purpose, according to Armenians in the Samtskhe-Javakheti region of Georgia. A specialist from the Ministry of Education and Science agrees with the critique and says that the current program […]

Language exams prepare Azeri-Georgian youth for university

By | June 23rd, 2014|Categories: Minorities, Youth|Tags: , , , , |

Youth in the predominantly ethnic Azeri town Marneuli can take a one year course in Georgian language to prepare them for university. (DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Tural is a 19 years old high school graduate who plans to go on to university and study IT. The problem is, the teaching language at university is Georgian, which he doesn’t know well enough. Like many of his peers, Tiral chose to study […]

Glimpses of daily life in Iormughanlo, Georgia

By | February 25th, 2014|Categories: Minorities, News|Tags: , |

Iormughanlo is a village at the river Iori and lies in the Kakheti region in the south eastern part of Georgia. The village has a population of not more than 2 000, according to the most recent census data, predominantly ethic Azeris. The majority of families in Iormughanlo have sheep as a livelihood. While walking in [...]

How can minority women get into politics in Georgia?

By | February 19th, 2014|Categories: Minorities, News|Tags: , , |

Sabina Talibova. (Photo: TBILISI, DFWatch–Sabina Talibova is an ethnic Azerbaijanian living in Marneuli. Some time ago, she became involved in several non-governmental organizations which are working to engage women more in employment and politics. DF Watch talked to her about problems […]