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Heute ist der Tag der Vertragsverletzung des Sechs-Punkte-Abkommens vom 16.08.2008 durch Russland!


Etwa 30.000 Menschen haben in der georgischen Hauptstadt Tiflis gegen die eigene Regierung und gegen Russland demonstriert. Ihr Protest richtet sich gegen ein geplantes Abkommen zwischen der von Georgien abtrünnigen Region Abchasien und Moskau. ...
...  Viele der Demonstranten trugen georgische und ukrainische Flaggen mit sich und hielten Spruchbänder mit der Aufschrift "Stoppt Putin" in die Höhe.
Thousands of people have been taking part in an anti-Russia protest in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi.
The rally was organised by Georgia's main opposition party, the United National Movement. ...
... Mr Saakashvili addressed the rally by video link from Kiev as the cheering crowd chanted his name.
"Let's show Georgia's government that the nation is united against the serious threat to its independence, its future," he said. Saakashvili's UNM party has accused the ruling Georgian Dream coalition government of not confronting what it claims is Russia's creeping annexation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. ...
Protesters march on Rustaveli Avenue on November 15, 2014. Photo: Eana Korbezashvili/Civil.ge
Thousands of protesters were gathered in Tbilisi center on November 15 at a rally organized by the opposition UNM party against what it calls is Georgian government’s “inaction” amid threat of “annexation” of Georgia’s breakaway regions by Russia.
In his address via video link from Kiev, ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili, who is chairman of UNM party, told protesters, gathered on the Rustaveli Avenue outside the Parliament, that it is now time “for the entire nation to stand united and to tell, before it is not too late, to [ex-PM Bidzina] Ivanishvili that the Georgian nation does not share his dream.”
UNM announced about the intention to hold the rally late last month after Russia-proposed new treaty on “alliance and integration” with breakaway Abkhazia was unveiled and which the Georgian Parliament condemned as “an attempt to annex occupied Abkhazia.” UNM said that it was also going to protest against what it calls the Georgian government’s policy of appeasement vis-à-vis Russia, which, the opposition says, has led to removal issue of the Georgian occupied territories from the international agenda.
Protesters, who were also joined by UNM supporters from some other towns, marched from Rose Square towards the Parliament building on the Rustaveli Avenue, holding a huge banner reading: “Stop Russia.” Some protesters were also holding posters “No to Annexation”, as well as EU, U.S. and Ukrainian flags along side with the Georgian flags, and a huge NATO flag was stretched in the middle of the protest venue at the Parliament.
A protester at UNM-organized protest rally in Tbilisi holds Ukrainian and EU flags as demonstrators, carrying a huge banner reading “Stop Russia”, march on the Rustaveli Avenue on November 15, 2014. Photo: Eana Korbezashvili/Civil.ge
UNM MP Giorgi Gabashvili told the rally that the Georgian government is “deceiving itself, its own people and the entire world as if we are busy with mending our relations with the occupant.”
“No to annexation, down with the occupant, down with the collaborationist government,” MP Gabashvili said. “If the government does not revise its collaborationist policies, the verdict will be delivered and it will be delivered soon.”
UNM MP Irma Nadirashvili said: “I think that a political verdict has already been delivered against our government and these people, who are now standing here, will definitely executive this verdict in a democratic manner and it will happen very soon.”
“We came here because we have no hope in our government. We see slavish silence from our government while Russia prepares agreements for eventual annexation of Abkhazia and Samachablo [referring to breakaway South Ossetia],” she said.
Nika Melia, who was UNM’s Tbilisi mayoral candidate in 2014 local elections, told the rally: “The enemy, standing in 40 kilometers [referring to Russian troops in breakaway South Ossetia], will not be able to harm us, if we don’t have a collaborationist government in 400 meters from here [referring to a government building].”
“[Ex-PM] Bidzina Ivanishvili’s Russian money will never reign in Georgia; Georgia’s fate will never be solved in Moscow; Russia’s positions will never strengthen in our country,” he added.
View of the protest rally venue where two huge screens were installed through which ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili address supporters via video link from Kiev, November 15, 2014. Photo: Eana Korbezashvili/Civil.ge
When ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili, who is wanted by the Georgian authorities on multiple criminal charges, appeared on a huge screen installed at the protest venue, demonstrators greeted him by chanting: “Misha, Misha.”
Speaking via video link from the Ukrainian capital, Saakashvili portrayed situation in Georgia as a struggle between two “conflicting models” – the one, he said, “which we believe in and another one, which Ivanishvili wants.”
Crossed out picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin and posters reading: “No to Occupation” seen at a protest rally in Tbilisi, November 15, 2014. Photo: Eana Korbezashvili/Civil.ge
Saakashvili, who called the rally “march of dignity”, said that on the one hand there is Georgia, which “still struggles for its dignity” and on the other there is Ivanishvili, who wants Georgia to appease “bear” and “follow it obediently to its den.”
He said that “Ivanishvili’s Georgia” is “tailored to the dream of one provincial dictator”.
“On the one hand, there is Georgia, which speaks out loudly against occupation and for our rights, our aspiration to freedom, and on the other hand, they want Georgia, which does not believe that Russia has aggressive plans and intentions against us and other neighbors; on the one hand there is Georgia, which is taking a European path, which believes that only this path can lead us to freedom… and on the other hand, there is Georgia, which disgracefully coordinates which path to follow with Kremlin messenger [Russia’s deputy foreign minister Grigory] Karasin,” Saakashvili said, referring to talks Georgian PM’s special envoy for relations with Russia, Zurab Abashidze and Karasin.              
UNM MP Giorgi Vashadze addresses protesters in Tbilisi center, November 15, 2014. Photo: Eana Korbezashvili/Civil.ge
“Ivanishvili’s Georgia is silent and our Georgia is making a noise, like the Rustaveli Avenue is making a noise today,” he said. “Ivanishvili’s Georgia is alone; we have a huge army of Georgia’s friends.”
 “We should demonstrate to our enemy that its dream to break the neck to the idea of Georgia’s statehood with the help of the fifth column, tricks, bribery, intimidation, oppression, is doomed to failure once and forever and we will bury it.”
The rally was opened late afternoon with a moment of silence in honor of Kakha Bendukidze, who was behind anti-corruption and liberal economic reforms under Saakashvili’s administration, and who died on November 13 in London aged 58. The demonstration ended peacefully without any incidents after Saakashvili’s address, followed by the national anthem of Georgia and the EU anthem, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy.

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PACE - Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe - Parlamentarische Versammlung des Europarates - Resolution 2015 on Georgia
Resolution 2015 (2014) - The functioning of democratic institutions in Georgia - Origin - Assembly debate on 1 October 2014, assembly.coe.int
Author(s): Parliamentary Assembly
Origin - Assembly debate on 1 October 2014 (32nd and 33rd Sittings) (see Doc. 13588 and addendum, report of the Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by Member States of the Council of Europe (Monitoring Committee), co-rapporteurs: Mr Michael Aastrup Jensen and Mr Boriss Cilevičs). Text adopted by the Assembly on 1 October 2014 (33rd Sitting). 
1. The Parliamentary Assembly welcomes the smooth conduct of the 2012 parliamentary and 2013 presidential elections in Georgia, which, despite a polarised and acrimonious election environment, were overall democratic and in line with European standards. These elections mark the first time in Georgia’s recent history that the political power has changed hands peacefully and democratically through the ballot box. All the political forces should be congratulated on this achievement, which should be an example for the whole region.
2. The otherwise smooth handover of power was accompanied by a polarised and antagonistic political climate, especially during the period of cohabitation between the then President Milheil Saakashvili and the Georgian Dream coalition government. The Assembly regrets that these tensions sometimes overshadowed the many positive changes that were taking place in the democratic environment of Georgia. The United National Movement (UNM) has reported that several thousand of its activists and supporters were regularly interrogated and intimidated by various investigative agencies (some up to 30 times). A number of major opposition figures, including members of parliament, were violently attacked. It has to be noted that two years on, almost the entire leadership of the former ruling party has been arrested or is under prosecution or investigation: former Prime Minister and UNM Secretary General, Vano Merabishvili, former Defence Minister, Bacho Akhalaia, and former Tbilisi mayor and UNM campaign manager, Gigi Ugulava, are in prison (pre-trial detention). The judicial authorities have charged the former President, Mikheil Saakashvili, and ordered pre-trial detention in absentia, as well as for former Minister of Defence, David Keserashvili, and former Minister of Justice, Zurab Adeishvili. The emergence of a strong and experienced opposition, combined with a well-organised ruling coalition, has strengthened the role of the parliament and parliamentarianism in the political system in Georgia. Moreover, on a number of occasions, the parliament has managed to find consensus solutions to major political challenges. In the view of the Assembly, these are important developments and a major evolution of the political environment in the country.
3. With regard to the reform of the Constitution, the Assembly:
3.1. calls on the parliament to ensure that the changes to the Constitution address all the remaining recommendations of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) on the 2010 Constitution as well as the concerns of the Assembly regarding the remaining ambiguities in the division of powers and the systemic vulnerability to inter-institutional conflict;
3.2. urges all political forces to agree on an election system that can count on a broad consensus and that strengthens the pluralistic nature of the country’s political institutions. In this respect, the Assembly invites all stakeholders to consider the proportional–regional election system, based on open lists, which seems to have the agreement of most, if not all, political forces in the country; 
3.3. urges all the parties concerned to refrain from adopting amendments with contentious or divisive language or that would undermine the rights of any minority in the country;
3.4. welcomes the establishment and composition of the State Commission for Constitutional Reform as a clear sign that the authorities wish to amend the Constitution in an consensual and inclusive process and calls on all stakeholders to contribute constructively to this process;
3.5. recommends that the State Commission for Constitutional Reform closely co-operate with the Venice Commission in the drawing up of the constitutional amendments and request a formal opinion by the Venice Commission on the proposed amendments before they are adopted by parliament. 
4. The Assembly recalls its concerns about the independence of the judiciary and administration of justice in Georgia. In that respect, it welcomes the adoption of a comprehensive reform package for the judiciary and justice system that aims to ensure genuine independence of the judiciary and a truly adversarial justice system. The Assembly welcomes signals that the judiciary is now working more independently. However, it also notes that the proceedings in sensitive legal cases, including against former government members (some of them being leading opposition members), have revealed continuing vulnerabilities and deficiencies in the justice system that need to be addressed. Moreover, it regrets that the Georgian Parliament could not find the consensus necessary to elect all of its six members in the High Council of Justice. Further reforms of the judiciary, including of the prosecution services, are therefore necessary. In this respect, the Assembly:
4.1. suggests that the parliament considers a further amendment to the organic law of Georgia on the courts of general jurisdiction that would require at least two rounds of voting, with sufficient time for negotiations in-between, before lowering the threshold from a two-thirds majority to a simple majority to elect the parliament’s appointees to the High Council of Justice. In the view of the Assembly, this will facilitate and encourage agreement between the ruling majority and the opposition on the members of the High Council of Justice elected by the parliament;
4.2. calls on the parliament to contemplate considerably lowering the three-year probation period for judges to be appointed to a life term of office, in order to bring it into line with European standards; 
4.3. urges the parliament to amend the law on administrative offences with a view to removing the possibility of custodial sentences for such offences;
4.4. while welcoming the recent decrease in its use, expresses its concern about the continued widespread use of pre-trial detention in Georgia. The Assembly emphasises that detention on remand should only be used as a measure of last resort, when there is a clear risk of absconding, interference with the course of justice, or a serious risk that the person will commit a serious offence or pose a threat to public order and it should not be used for political purposes. It calls on the authorities to adopt clear guidelines for the prosecution and courts for the use of detention on remand, in order to ensure full adherence with the requirements of Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ETS No. 5) and Committee of Ministers Recommendation Rec(2006)13 on the use of remand in custody, the conditions in which it takes place and the provision of safeguards against abuse;
4.5. expresses concern over the widespread application of asset freezing to family members of opposition figures and former government officials in criminal cases not involving allegations concerning illicit assets;
4.6. urges the Georgian authorities to implement fully the provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure on witness testimonies and jury trials.
5. The Assembly notes that the media reforms initiated by the authorities are considered by the Representative for the Freedom of the Media of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to be an improvement over previous legislation and in line with international standards. The Assembly welcomes the fact that these reforms address several of its previous recommendations. It regrets that these reforms were unnecessarily politicised in the tense pre-electoral political environment. 
6. The Assembly expresses its concern about the apparent politicisation of the public broadcaster and the recent difficulties experienced by the parliament in appointing an independent and impartial board of trustees to oversee its work. It considers this to be a signal that both the majority and the minority in parliament are attempting to politicise the composition and work of the board of trustees and ultimately the public broadcaster itself. Further amendments to the Law on Broadcasting need to be adopted obliging the parliament to appoint a board of trustees on the basis of the candidates proposed by the independent and impartial public selection committee that is foreseen in the law. In this context, the Assembly urges the Georgian Parliament to adopt the transitional measures necessary to implement the Constitutional Court decision with regard to the dismissal of the previous board of trustees. 
7. With regard to the recently adopted organic law on local self-government, the Assembly:
7.1. welcomes the fact that all gamgebeli and mayors of self-governing cities are now directly elected. In this respect, it suggests also considering the election of regional governors;
7.2. expresses its concern about the provisions that allow for the impeachment by the local councils of mayors and gamgebeli on any grounds. The Assembly considers that the impeachment of directly elected local officials, as well as the grounds on which this can be initiated, should be clearly prescribed and circumscribed by law;
7.3. takes note that this law, which affects the election procedure in local elections, was adopted only a few months before local elections were due to take place.
8. The Assembly takes note of the numerous changes in local governments in Georgia as a result of local councillors and city officials resigning or switching sides following the change of power at national level. While resignations and switching between parties is part of the democratic process, it is unacceptable if it is the result of duress. The Assembly is therefore seriously concerned by credible reports that a number of these changes were the result of undue pressure on local United National Movement (UNM) activists by supporters of the ruling coalition. The Assembly is also concerned by reports of violent disturbances of the campaign activities of the UNM, allegedly by Georgian Dream supporters, as well as reports that a considerable number of opposition candidates in the local elections, mainly from the UNM, withdrew their candidatures, allegedly under pressure from the authorities. There can be no place for such actions in a democratic society. The authorities should take prompt and effective measures to immediately halt such action and remedy the situation where necessary. The leaders of the ruling majority should give a clear and unambiguous signal to their supporters that any undue pressure on local officials, and disturbances of the political activities of the opposition, will not be tolerated. 
9. The Assembly takes note of the large number of allegations of possible criminal conduct by former government officials during their tenure. At the same time, it is seriously concerned about allegations that the arrests and prosecution of a number of former government officials are politically motivated and amount to selective and revanchist justice. The Assembly: 
9.1. underscores that there can be no impunity for ordinary crimes, including – and especially – those committed by government officials and politicians, whether current or past;
9.2. calls on the Georgian authorities to ensure that the investigation and prosecution of former government officials are conducted impartially, transparently and in full respect of the principles of a fair trial, as enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights. It emphasises that not only should selective or politically motivated justice not take place, it should also be seen to be not taking place;
9.3. takes note of the charges filed against former President Saakashvili and, while emphasising that no one is above the law, urges the authorities to ensure that, given the charged political climate in the country, the legal proceedings, including requests for pre-trial detention, against him are not influenced by political motivations;
9.4. urges the authorities to investigate fully and in a transparent manner any allegations of improper conduct by law-enforcement agencies or the prosecution in relation to these cases;
9.5. considers that the introduction of jury trials for former government officials accused of having committed ordinary crimes is an important and positive step to help guarantee the impartiality of their trials;
9.6. taking into account the considerable tensions in the political environment created by these prosecutions, welcomes the suggestion by the authorities of a possible amnesty for all but serious crimes committed by former government officials;
9.7. expresses its concern about the length of the pre-trial detention of former Defence Minister Bacho Akhalaia and asks the authorities to use all legal means available to replace his detention on remand with some other non-custodial precautionary measure.
10. The Assembly welcomes the peaceful and calm conduct of the local elections on 15 June and 12 July 2014, which took place in an improved electoral environment. However, it expresses its concern about isolated violent incidents during the campaign period and about the allegations of pressure on, and intimidation of, candidates to withdraw their candidatures, which created a charged and contentious campaign environment.It calls on the authorities to fully, and transparently, investigate the reports of pressure on, and intimidation of, candidates to resign and, if violations are found, to prosecute perpetrators in line with the Georgian legislation.
11. The Assembly underscores the importance of an independent and impartial civil service. The alleged practice of hiring and dismissing civil servants on the basis of party affiliation by both previous and current governments runs counter to this principle and should be stopped.
12. The Assembly takes note of the large number of complaints filed by ordinary citizens with the prosecutor general for alleged miscarriages of justice and abuses of the justice system under the previous authorities, including forced plea bargaining, violations of property rights and ill-treatment while in prison. These allegations need to be properly investigated and, if need be, addressed. However, the Assembly wishes to underscore that any mechanism established to address these allegations should be a judicial procedure that fully respects the separation of powers, the independence of the judiciary and the obligations of Georgia under the European Convention on Human Rights.
13. The Assembly welcomes the law on the elimination of all forms of discrimination that was adopted on 2 May 2014 and which significantly enhances the legal framework for the protection of persons from discrimination. It takes note of concerns by civil society that the draft law would lack effective mechanisms to implement its provisions. The Assembly therefore suggests that the authorities conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the results of this law one year after its adoption, with a view to improving the effectiveness of the implementation mechanisms contained in it, if need be.
14. The increase of intolerant discourse and discriminatory acts against minorities, especially sexual and religious minorities, in Georgian society is of concern. The Assembly is concerned by the lack of effective investigation and prosecution of hate crimes against minorities. The authorities need to make clear that such behaviour will not be tolerated and that any perpetrators of violent or discriminatory acts will be prosecuted. There can be no impunity for such acts, irrespective of who committed them. All stakeholders, and especially representatives of political parties and institutions that hold high moral credibility in Georgian society, should refrain from divisive language and acts that could incite intolerance or deteriorate the situation of minorities. The Assembly welcomes the adoption by the Georgian Parliament in May of the new Human Rights Strategy and Action Plan.
15. With regard to the repatriation of the deported Meskhetian population, the Assembly considers that the repatriation programme has mostly focused on providing a legal repatriate status to the eligible applicants and not on facilitating the actual repatriation itself. In addition, the Assembly takes note of the long delays in the granting of citizenship to those who have received repatriate status. The Assembly therefore reiterates the need for a comprehensive repatriation strategy and in that context welcomes the adoption by the Georgian Government of a “State Strategy on Repatriation”.
16. The Assembly calls on the Georgian authorities to sign and ratify, without further delay, the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ETS No. 148), which is an accession commitment of Georgia to the Council of Europe. Noting the misconceptions that exist in Georgian society regarding the Charter, the Assembly recommends that the Georgian authorities organise an awareness campaign, with the involvement of civil society and the media, targeted at the different stakeholders in this process, with a view to clarifying the provisions of the Charter and its requirements.
17. The Assembly expresses its concern about the systemic illegal surveillance of citizens by the Georgian law-enforcement agencies, which violates the country’s obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights. While welcoming recent measures to address this issue, the Assembly considers that comprehensive legislation is urgently needed to regulate data collection and surveillance by law-enforcement agencies. 
18. The Assembly takes note of the report “Georgia in transition” by the European Union’s Special Adviser for Legal and Constitutional Reform and Human Rights in Georgia, and former Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, and supports its conclusions and recommendations, as well as those contained in his follow-up report.
19. Georgia has made marked progress in its democratic development over recent years, although it has been overshadowed by the arrest and prosecution of almost the entire leadership of the former government party and former high officials, which raises questions about the eventual use of the justice system for political purposes. It is now important for it to overcome the antagonism, polarisation and sense of revenge that are still present in the political environment and for political stakeholders to contribute constructively to the further democratic consolidation of the country. The Assembly stands ready to assist the Georgian authorities and Parliament in this work.
PACE Debates on Georgia - 02.10.2014, Civil.ge
After a heated debate on October 1 the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe (PACE) adopted a resolution on “the functioning of democratic institutions in Georgia”, which was opposed by the ruling GD members of the Georgian delegation and supported by opposition UNM.
Initial draft of resolution was prepared by PACE’s co-rapporteurs on Georgia based on their report, which was part of PACE’s regular activity of monitoring how the country honors its obligations undertaken upon its accession to the Council of Europe (CoE) in 1999.
But the initial draft was revised after amendments, many of them pushed for by UNM opposition members of the Georgian delegation, were endorsed by PACE’s monitoring committee a day earlier and then by the Assembly session on October 1.
Many of those amendments made the draft more critical of the Georgian authorities than it originally was.
Michael Aastrup Jensen of Denmark and Boriss Cilevičs of Latvia, the two co-rapporteurs on Georgia, were strongly against of some of those amendments, arguing that the proposed changes were turning their “balanced” report into a “partisan” one.
“If amendments are approved it actually steals the report in a completely different way [from] what we were trying to paint in our report,” PACE’s co-rapporteurs on Georgia Michael Jensen said.
“I am quite saddened by that, because Georgia is a very polarized place… We tried to write a report that is somewhat balanced, but still addressing different issues that still are in Georgia. But if the amendments are approved… then it will also take polarization and partisanships that are in Georgia into our report in this Assembly,” Jensen said, adding that it’s “completely a shame”, because PACE should not be taking sides in Georgia’s internal politics, instead should “try paint a picture as correctly as it is.”
 While presenting the draft at the session, Jensen said that despite of problems, “all in all we see progress” in Georgia and another co-rapporteur Boriss Cilevičs said that Georgia is “on the right track, but there is still long way to go.”
He said that some of the commitments undertaken by Georgia while joining the Council of Europe in 1999 still remain unfulfilled. He noted cases of intolerance towards religious, sexual minorities and also said that although the government is condemning such cases, the authorities are not taking sufficient measures to investigate and prosecute perpetrators. Repatriation of Meskhetians, he said, remains a problem and ratification of the language charter is still pending.
‘Progress Overshadowed’
The resolution notes “marked progress” in democratic development over recent years in Georgia, but after one of the amendments was added, the adopted text also says that this progress “has been overshadowed by the arrest and prosecution of almost the entire leadership of the former government party and former high officials, which raises questions about the eventual use of the justice system for political purposes.”
 Members of the Georgian delegation from the ruling GD coalition were strongly against of adding to the resolution a paragraph calling for replacing lengthy pre-trial detention of ex-defense minister and former prison system chief Bacho Akhalaia with other non-custodial measure. In the resolution the Assembly “expresses its concern about the length of the pre-trial detention of former Defence Minister Bacho Akhalaia and asks the authorities to use all legal means available to replace his detention on remand with some other non-custodial precautionary measure.”
The issue of prosecution of former senior government members and now opposition leaders dominated debates, which preceded the vote.
Pieter Omtzigt, a Dutch lawmaker from the group of European People’s Party (EPP), said: “The fact that almost whole former government can in a little while hold a cabinet meeting in a prison cell somewhere in Tbilisi is quite worrisome.”
Tiny Kox, a lawmaker from the Netherlands, who chairs Group of the Unified European Left in PACE, said the fact that “so many former politicians are now in prison is a very bad signal.”
 Roger Gale, a British Conservative MP, who is a member of European Democrat Group in PACE, said that “the Georgian Dream has turned into a nightmare” and ex-PM Bidzina Ivanishvili exercises “power without responsibility” and called Georgian cabinet members “puppet ministers.” He also said that amendments, which were endorsed by the monitoring committee, were needed in order to “give this report some real teeth.”
 Echoing co-rapporteurs’ position, a Swiss lawmaker Luc Recordon from the Socialist Group said that many of the proposed amendments were “radically” changing the report prepared by co-rapporteurs and added that some PACE members, unlike co-rapporteurs, were rushing to conclusions without properly checking facts on the ground.
Georgian Dream lawmaker, Eka Beselia, who chairs human rights committee in the Georgian parliament, said during the debates that calling for change of Akhalaia’s pre-trial detention for non-custodial measure “will be considered as a pressure on the independent court.” “There is no political persecution in Georgia; it was in the period of Saakashvili’s [presidency],” she added. 
 UNM MP Giorgi Kandelaki, a co-sponsor of many of the amendments, said during the debates that proposed changes were endorsed by the monitoring committee with overwhelming majority and rejecting them would be “utterly inappropriate and not respectful” of the committee members.
“Government of oligarch Bidzina Ivanishvili, who made his fortune in Russia, has been obsessed with the agenda of political retribution. By now this agenda has gone too far; Georgian democracy is backsliding,” MP Kandelaki said and called on the PACE to adopt the resolution with the proposed amendments because it would “help Georgia to slow down this democratic backsliding.”
“Ivanishvili is repeating path of [Ukraine’s former president Viktor] Yanukovych. Remember what Yanukovych was saying when he was prosecuting his opponents – that it’s ‘rule of law, I can’t interfere’. Ukraine’s experience showed that we must not buy these arguments, because they lead to disastrous consequences and we don’t want Georgia to explode,” he added.
‘Georgia’s Political Polarization Sweeps into PACE’
In his closing remarks PACE co-rapporteur on Georgia, Boriss Cilevičs said he disagrees with allegations voiced by some speakers that some former government members were prosecuted because they are now in the opposition. He said there are cases in which “credible allegations” exist and these allegations should be properly investigated.
He said that the PACE should not be telling Georgia not to prosecute someone just because a person was once a minister.
“Our mission is to follow that all the investigations, all the trials are held in full conformity with our own principles… and we wrote this in our draft resolution. When we notice violations, we speak about it and criticize our Georgian colleagues, but to say ‘no, don’t prosecute the former government in general’ – it’s politicized,” Cilevičs said. “Polarization is really harmful… We must do our best to help Georgia to overcome this polarization. If some superficial, not corresponding to the facts, amendments will be adopted today, it will not help Georgia, it will help some politicians and will deepen polarization, so this is why we, the co-rapporteurs, cannot agree with this.”
Another co-rapporteur, Michael Jensen, said: “We have a polarization in Georgia and this polarization has also swept into this Assembly.”
“I think co-rapporteurs’ work in this report is balanced, but we are also frank in our assessments and also in our proposals what Georgia should do. Therefore it is very important that two to three amendments… are being voted down, because if they are voted for, the report will stir in a completely different way and will be a partisan report,” Jensen said. 
Cilevičs voted against the amended draft of resolution and Jensen abstained; the resolution was passed with 103 votes to 27. 
The resolution “expresses concern over the widespread application of asset freezing to family members of opposition figures and former government officials in criminal cases not involving allegations concerning illicit assets.” The measure was applied in case against ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili. Co-rapporteurs spoke against inserting this wording in the draft, arguing that use of wording such as “widespread” in regard to this measure was factually incorrect.
Only one controversial amendment, which was expressing concern over ex-PM Bidzina Ivanishvili’s “reported interference… in the Georgian Government’s decision making”, was voted down.
There was a motion to send the report and the draft resolution back to the monitoring committee, but the proposal was rejected.
Minority Rights
The resolution expresses concern over “the increase of intolerant discourse and discriminatory acts against minorities, especially sexual and religious minorities, in Georgian society.”
“The Assembly is concerned by the lack of effective investigation and prosecution of hate crimes against minorities. The authorities need to make clear that such behaviour will not be tolerated and that any perpetrators of violent or discriminatory acts will be prosecuted,” reads the resolution.
“There can be no impunity for such acts, irrespective of who committed them. All stakeholders, and especially representatives of political parties and institutions that hold high moral credibility in Georgian society, should refrain from divisive language and acts that could incite intolerance or deteriorate the situation of minorities,” it says.
Several lawmakers from the Turkish delegation, as well as an Azerbaijani MP proposed adding to the text call for meeting “the demands of the Muslim community in the country for the construction of new mosques.” This proposed amendment was rejected by the Assembly.
PM to UNM: ‘Stop Partisan Struggle Against the State’
PACE was still debating on the draft resolution, when in Tbilisi PM Irakli Garibashvili expressed hope that the amendments, which were opposed by GD members of the delegation, would not have been added to the final text. He said that UNM, backed by its partner European People’s Party (EPP), “is very active there” at the PACE.
“Some amendments have been made [to the initial draft], but I think our delegation will respond to all the existing questions. Everyone should take into consideration reality that is in Georgia; the will of people has been expressed; we have different reality and I am sure [GD members of the delegation] will be able to demonstrate this reality as it is. I hope that – whether EPP or others – will not accept rumors and groundless allegations leveled by the [United] National Movement,” Garibashvili told journalists on October 1.
Next day, when commenting on the adopted text, PM Garibashvili said that there was no reason to make a stir because of this resolution. He suggested that it was passed because of EPP’s “solidarity” towards its partner party, UNM. 
“They [EPP] expressed solidarity towards the issues that were pushed for by the UNM. In fact there is no reason whatsoever to create a stir about it. If you have seen the main text of resolution, it speaks only positively… The wording that was made in reference to Akhalaia and Saakashvili – I do not deem it alarming. This is yet another attempt by the UNM to fight against its own state, its own people… This [resolution] is an expression of political parties [representing in PACE] and they [UNM] portrays it as if it is a call by the Council of Europe,”  
“These people [referring to UNM] now tell people that they have achieved adoption of an incredible resolution – they have achieved nothing. These people fight against the state… People know the reality… and they [UNM] are marginalizing themselves every day… Their reintegration into the society will be very difficult, so I call on them to stop this partisan struggle against their own state and people; what they are doing is damaging for the country; they fail to harm us by doing it, but they are damaging the state,” Garibashvili told journalists on October 2.
Giga Bokeria, a foreign secretary of the UNM party, said that PM’s such reaction was not a surprise. He said that Garibashvili’s rhetoric is similar to the one of “representatives of the authoritarian regimes, like Putin and others, for whom criticism from Europe amounts to state treason and action against the state, and who think that they are the state and fail to differentiate between the government and the country.”

KOMMUNALWAHLEN 2014 IN GEORGIEN - Artikel vom 15.-17.06.2014

Die Zahl der Verstösse bei der Kommunalwahl war groß, hier einige Beispiele: 
Ein Verwandter des Georgian-Dream-Kandidaten wirft nacheinander ca. 150 Stimmzettel unter den Augen der Wahlhelfer in die Wahlurne und danach sogar auch die Wahlhelfer selbst. Die neue georgische Regierung  Georgian Dream scheint also die Kommunalwahl systematisch zu fälschen, nachdem im Vorfeld bereits Druck auf etliche Oppositionskandidaten ausgeübt wurde ...
Beim Übertragen aus dem Wahlprotokoll in die Ergebnsliste gehen nachweislich in drei Wahlbezirken in Tbilisi jeweils 100 Stimmen verloren, ausgeführt durch die CEC (offizielle Wahlkommission), ...

“საერთაშორისო გამჭვირვალობა – საქართველოს“ მონაცემებით, „ერთიანი ნაციონალური მოძრაობის“ თბილისის მერობის კანდიდატ  ნიკა მელიას ცსკ-მ ხმები დააკლო.
“საერთაშორისო გამჭვირვალობა – საქართველო“ 15 ივნისის ადგილობრივი თვითმმართველობის არჩევნებს 450-მდე დამკვირვებლით დააკვირდა.
„აქედან ჩვენი 373 მოხალისე კენჭისყრის დღეს შერჩევის ზომის პროპორციული ალბათობის მეთოდით შერჩეულ უბნებზე დააკვირდა დედაქალაქში. ამ 373 უბნიდან მოპოვებული თბილისის საკრებულოს პროპორციული და მერის არჩევნების შემაჯამებელი ოქმები ჩვენ ცენტრალური საარჩევნო კომისიის (ცესკოს) შედეგების ვებგვერდზე http://results.gov.ge/ შეტანილ ინფორმაციას, საიდანაც საერთო სტატისტიკა დგება, შევადარეთ და რამდენიმე უზუსტობა აღმოვაჩინეთ. „ერთიანი ნაციონალური მოძრაობის“ მერობის კანდიდატისათვის, ნიკა მელიასთვის სამ უბანზე 100-100 ხმის დაკლების შემთხვევები: სამგორის #12 უბანი: ოქმის მიხედვით 111 ხმა აქვს მიღებული, მაგრამ ვებგვერდზე დაფიქსირებულია 11 ხმა; სამგორის #20 უბანი: ვებგვერდის მიხედვით, კანდიდატს 18 ხმა აქვს, მიუხედავად იმისა, რომ შემაჯამებელ ოქმზე თანდართული შესწორების თანახმად, მას 118 ხმა უნდა ჰქონდეს; საბურთალოს #78 უბანი: სავარაუდოდ, ნიკა მელიამ 131 ხმა მიიღო ამ უბანზე, თუმცა ოქმში რიცხვის პირველი ციფრი გადახაზულია და ცესკოს ვებგვერდზეც 31 ხმა არის დაფიქსირებული. აღსანიშნავია, რომ სუბიექტების მიღებული ხმებისა და არჩევნებში მონაწილე ამომრჩეველთა საერთოდ რაოდენობის დასაბალანსებლად სწორედ ეს 100 ხმა არის საჭირო“, - აღნიშნულია ორგანიზაციის მიერ გავრცელებულ განცხადებაში.
ორგანიზაცია უბნების საბოლოო ოქმებსაც აქვეყნებს.
Georgian-Dream-Kandidat bekommt 997 Stimmen, obwohl es im Bezirk nur 258 Wahlberechtigte gab.
„ნაციონალური მოძრაობის“ ვარკეთილის მაჟორიტარ დეპუტატობის კანდიდატი ლევან ხაბეიშვილი სოციალურ ქსელში გარდაბნის ერთ-ერთი უბნის შედეგების ოქმს აქვეყნებს. ოქმზე დაფიქსირებულია ამომრჩეველთა მთლიანი რაოდენობა 258, ხოლო “ქართული ოცნებამ “, ამ ოქმის მიხედვით, 997 ხმა აიღო. ,,დემოკრატიული არჩევნების ნიმუში 258 ადამიანი მივიდა არჩევნებზე და ოცნებამ 997 ხმა აიღო“- წერს “ფეისბუქის “პირად გვერდზე ლევან ხაბეიშვილი. ცესკოს ოფიციალურ გვერდზე კიდევ ერთი, შესწორების ოქმის ფოტოა გამოქვეყნებული ამ უბნიდან, რომელიც 23:50 საათზეა შევსებული და სადაც მითითებულია, რომ 997 ნაცვლად უნდა ეწეროს 97.
EU Statement on Georgia's Local Elections - 17.06.2014, Civil.ge
EU said Georgia’s June 15 municipal elections were “a further step in the continued democratic development of Georgia”, but also added that “concerns remain about campaign-related intimidation and violence.” “We congratulate the voters and candidates for their participation in the first round of local government elections in Georgia on 15 June,” reads the statement, released by spokesperson of EU’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on June 17. “We take note of the findings of domestic observers.” “The elections were marked by improvements in electoral processes, and an increased participation of women. At the same time, concerns remain about campaign-related intimidation and violence. There must be no tolerance for violence or intimidation in the days leading up to the runoffs that are now scheduled to take place in a number of municipalities,” it says.
 “Both an accountable government and constructive opposition are important features of a functioning democratic society. The EU calls on all sides to work together in the new local administrations in the interests of Georgia.” “We commend the Central Elections Commission and local civil society organisations for their important contribution to the electoral process. The European Union looks forward to continuing its close cooperation with the Georgian government,” reads the statement.

The United National Movement continues its allegations on election rigging in Marneuli election district. Zurab Japaridze presented more video footage, which he says, proves that there was a pressure on election commission. He said the former vice president of the Judo Federation, Tamaz Naveriani was seen at several polling stations in Marneuli, where he would enter the prohibited areas in the buildings of the polling stations. Japaridze asserts that Naveriani was violent in his actions; he drove a Lexus vehicle, in which the GD candidate Merab Topchishvili was also sitting.
The UNM has also release another footage, which describes a polling station, where the commission head took away the summarizing document without the consent of the commission members from the office.
Based on these arguments, the UNM calls for nullification of the election results in Marneuli. 

National Movement publishes two videos reflecting instances of election fraud National Movement publishes two more videos in relation to the facts of election fraud.
According to the party representatives, the material reflects the facts of election rraud in Marneuli and Dedoplistskaro.
The National Movement leaders named the surnames of the people who participated in fraudulent activity. They address the Interior Ministry to launch an investigation.
According to Zurab Japaridze, Tamaz Naveriani, former president of the Judo Federation falsified the elections in Marneuli.
“This person moved from one polling station to another in a Lexus with the candidate of Georgian Dream Topchishvili and personally pressured commission members,” – Japaridze said.
As per Nugzar Tsiklauri, the video materials have it that the commission members repeat several times that “there is no balance’’.
‘’It means that in Khornabuji, Dedoplistskaro district from which Garibashvili is, the election results are not people’s will but are caused by the deal between the commission head and the election commission head,”’’ – Tsiklauri said.
The Central Election Commission has nullified the results of the elections on two polling stations of Marneuli, where the videos of violation were taken. Currently, the district commission is discussing the details of the footage, which proves the assertions of the opposition party that there were the attempts of pressure on the commission members in Marneuli as well as procedural violations. The representatives of the CEC and observers are attending the meeting.
The persons seen on the videos have already commented on it saying the footage was fabricated.
Three embassies make joint statement on elections  - 17.06.2014, rustavi2.com

 Pressemitteilung - 16.06.2014, hub.coe.int, Straßburg

„Jeder von uns ist zufrieden, dass die gestrigen Wahlen – ungeachtet der Berichte über lokale Zwischenfälle und einzelne Unregelmäßigkeiten – im Großen und Ganzen ruhig und friedlich abliefen. In Anbetracht des erbitterten Wahlkampfs mit Beleidigungen und Handgreiflichkeiten ist das keine Selbstverständlichkeit“, erklärte heute Jos Wienen (Niederlande, EPP/CCE), Leiter der Delegation des Kongresses der Gemeinden und Regionen zur Beobachtung der georgischen Kommunalwahlen, bei einer Pressekonferenz in Tiflis.
„Bei den Wahlgesetzen besteht indes noch Verbesserungsbedarf. So begünstigt das derzeitige System die herrschenden politischen Kräfte und benachteiligt kleinere Parteien und unabhängige Kandidaten, besonders bei der Zusammensetzung der Wahlkommissionen. Außerdem ist unserer Auffassung nach das Auszählungsverfahren zu überprüfen“, sagte Wienen.
„Des Weiteren wurde uns berichtet, dass sich Kandidaten von Oppositionsparteien von der Wahlliste streichen ließen, nachdem auf sie angeblich entsprechender Druck ausgeübt wurde. Wir fordern deshalb die georgischen Behörden dringend auf, angemessene und transparente Maßnahmen und rechtliche Verfahren einzuleiten. Das gilt ebenso für die gewaltsamen Zwischenfälle, die sich im Vorfeld der Wahlen und am Wahltag selbst ereigneten“, betonte er.
„In Hinblick auf die für die kommenden Wochen angesetzten Stichwahlen ist also eine Null-Toleranz-Politik gegenüber Gewalttätigkeiten sowie herabwürdigender und gehässiger Rhetorik nötig. Ich rufe alle politischen Akteure – der Regierung wie der Opposition – nachdrücklich dazu auf, ihren Beitrag zu dieser Strategie zu leisten“, so der Leiter der Kongressdelegation.
Pressemitteilung - Vorläufige Schlussfolgerungen - Pressemitteilung vom 11. Juni 2014 - Georgien im Europarat
Local government elections were conducted with numerous incidents  - 16.06.2014, rustavi2.com
The local government elections were conducted in Georgia on June 15th, but they were not free of incidents. Several facts of pressure, argument, clashes were reported from various regions of Georgia. The activists of the United National Movement were assaulted in several regions. The first incident occurred in the headquarters of the Vazisubani single-mandate MP candidate Giorgi Oniani. According to one version, somebody shot twice at the window glass of the office. The investigation has been launched for `damaging others` property`; however, the police have not confirmed that the office was shot at. The candidate of the Nino Burjanadze - United Opposition bloc rallied outside the N28 Nadzaladevi district. They said the members of the commission changed the number of the votes received by the ruling party candidate, which caused great difference with the real number of votes gained by them. There was a clash in Khoni too - after the polling stations were closed, some yet unidentified persons intruded into the N22 election district. Fifteen persons broke the ballot box and tore the ballots. The commission member said these persons were the activists of the Georgian Dream Coalition. They also assert the UNM obtained the majority of votes at this district. A voter and a member of the commission had a clash in Tskaltubo district. The candidate of the UNM Zviad Tvaltvadze tried to clarify what was going on, when he was insulted by a supporter of the GD. Tvaltvadze has been already interrogated. When and in which cities the second run-off of the elections will be appointed is yet decided. The CEC will appoint the second round of elections after the vote count is over.
UNM Leaders Comment on Local Elections - 15.06.2014, Civil.ge
Leaders of UNM opposition party said after polls closed in the June 15 local elections that “very low” voter turnout demonstrates that the Georgian Dream suffers “deep crisis of public trust”, and exit poll results, suggesting possibility of second round runoffs in some of the largest cities, show support to the ruling coalition is on decline.
Giga Bokeria, one of UNM’s leaders, said that low voter turnout was a “direct result of general atmosphere of violence, hatred, intimidation, and cynicism created by the government.”
He said that that contrary to predictions by Bidzina Ivanishvili’s “puppet” PM Irakli Garibashvili that UNM would disappear off the political radar, the opposition party has actually improved its result since the presidential elections seven months ago. Bokeria said that according to exit poll results GD itself is suffering a “serious decline” in support. “I am sure this trend will continue,” Bokeria told Maestro TV.
MP Davit Bakradze, leader of UNM parliamentary minority group, said that “instead of imitating celebration” staged after the exit poll results were announced, the Georgian Dream should “learn lessons” from these elections.
“I do not understand what they are celebrating when almost 60% of voters did not turn out at polling station and by doing so they [voters] expressed protest,” Bakradze said, adding that these elections should be a clear signal to the authorities that voters are not satisfied with government’s policies.
“It will be regrettable if instead of learning this lesson, they will try to portray that everything is alright and it’s time for celebration now,” MP Bakradze said.
Gigi Ugulava, one of UNM’s leaders and chief of its campaign, said: “In the second round runoffs our society will show even more clearly to the authorities that it can’t continue like this anymore… and should substantially change its policies and it should give up cynical approach as if it has delivered with all of its promises.”
In a written statement UNM said that “a sharp fall in voter turnout illustrates deep crisis of public trust that the current Georgian government has fallen into.”
“Unfortunately, today’s elections were substantially impacted by undemocratic, deteriorated election environment marred with frequent violence, well-documented pressure on UNM candidates as well as statements by top government officials justifying violence.”
UNM described PM Garibashvili’s statement made after the exit polls were announced as “insistence that there will be no runoff in Tbilisi.” UNM said that such “insistence while all preconditions” for second round are in place is “inadequate and undemocratic.”
“This statement points to a possibility of using the pressure employed by the government in pre-election period upon the election administration,” UNM said.
Local self-government elections 2014: TI Georgia’s statement regarding electoral processes (7:00am-12:00pm) - 15.06.2014, transparency.ge
At this point, the 2014 local self-government elections are taking place in a safe environment. The polling stations that we are monitoring opened on time, around 8:00am. Transparency International (TI) Georgia’s observers have reported 6 minor and 11 relatively significant procedural violations. At this point, our monitors have submitted 5 complaints in total. Most violations were observed in Zugdidi and Martvili districts.
Some of the significant violations observed by our monitors are described below:
- Voting was disrupted at polling station #32 in Zugdidi district due to violence by unidentified individuals,
Despite the fact that the marking identifier did not work in polling station #20 (Tamakoni) of the Martvili district, the voting process continued for several hours;
- At four polling stations - #26 and #64 in Zugdidi and #11 and #27 in Martvili, two representatives from the same party/coalition were present at polling stations (Georgian Dream, United National Movement and Non-Parliamentary Opposition) although they are only allowed to have one single representative at each polling station.
- Personal information on 10 voters out of the 14 registered on the mobile ballot box voters list in Isani district polling station #14 was incorrect and these citizens were denied the right to vote. After the mobile box was returned to the polling station, the Precinct Election Commission (PEC), upon consulting with the District Election Commission (DEC), corrected information about the voters and decided to allow them to vote.
- At Didube district polling station #31 the initial procedures - which were supposed be conducted from 7 to 8am (assigning roles to PEC members) - took place earlier than 7am. As a result, TI Georgia’s observers could not monitor the procedures.
- The candidates and party lists were not posted at Khoni district polling stations #1 and #4.
We welcome the fact that the Ministry of Internal Affairs has already reacted and launched investigation into to the reported theft of ballots from the Martvili district polling station #16, as well as the alleged case of violence on UNM representatives.
TI Georgia has deployed 450 observers to monitor the 2014 June 15 local self-government elections. Our stationary observers are assigned to 373 polling stations randomly selected in Tbilisi in all the 10 electoral districts of Tbilisi. In addition, TI Georgia has 15 mobile groups observing elections in Tbilisi. We also have 25 mobile teams monitoring elections in 29 municipalities and self-governing cities throughout 5 regions. The Civil Development Agency (CiDA) is assisting TI Georgia in Kvemo Kartli districts.
TI Georgia will release its observations for the election day developments twice during the day: at 4 and 8pm.

Stichworte: Georgien, Wahlen, Sprache: englisch, deutsch Archiv: #


Quellen: Civil Georgia, Rustavi2
Nachwahl zu drei Direktmandaten gewinnt Georgian Dream - Civil Georgia, 15.10.2012 
Zusammensetzung des neuen Parlaments:
Bidzina Ivanishvili-angeführte Koalition
Georgian Dream: 85 Sitze; United National Movement (UNM) mit Präsident Saakashvili: 65 Sitze Results of repeat elections in eleven precincts of three single-mandate constituencies on Sunday show that the Georgian Dream coalition has won three more majoritarian MP seats in the new Parliament. It means that the Georgian Dream won total of 41 majoritarian seats out of 73; rest of the 32 single-mandate constituencies have been won by the UNM candidates. The Georgian Dream won 44 seats through party-list, proportional system and in overall Bidzina Ivanishvili-led coalition will have total of 85 seats in the Parliament – 15 short of two-third majority required for passing constitutional changes. UNM will have 65 seats in the new Parliament. Repeat majoritarian elections were held in nine precincts of the Khashuri single-mandate constituencies, where the Georgian Dream candidate’s victory was largely anticipated. Repeat poll was also held in one precinct of Signagi single-mandate constituency where UNM’s candidate Levan Bezhashvili, ex-head of the state audit agency, lost the race to Georgian Dream’s Gela Gelashvili. Repeat election was also held on Sunday in Gori’s one precinct where the Georgian Dream candidate, Malkhaz Vakhtangashvili, won the race against UNM’s Giorgi Tatishvili, ex-governor of Shida Kartli region.

Regierung tritt zurück - 11.10.12, Civil Georgia
Präsident Saakashvili hat den Rücktritt der georg. Regierung angenommen. ... Neue Regierung muss nun nach der georg. Verfassung bis 17.10. antreten. ... Die Nominierung der neuen Regierung erfolgt durch den Präsidenten nach Beratungen mit den parlamentarischen Fraktionen.  ...

Nach Treffen geben Wahlgewinner Ivanishvili und Präsident Saakashvili Erklärungen ab - 09.10.12, Civil Georgia
Ivanishvili: “Our today’s meeting represented a continuation of that healthy policy, which my team and I have brought into Georgian political space.   The fact that my team and I managed and created a precedent in Georgia to change the authorities democratically will always be mentioned in a dignified manner in Georgia’s history. ..."
Saakashvili: “I want to tell you that today is the historic process. Peaceful handover of most of the executive government’s powers in the framework of democracy is ongoing for the first time in this region, in this part of post-Soviet space.   The Georgian people have made their choice. We have always been saying and we will say it in the future too that we respect the choice of the Georgian people. The Georgian people are supreme actors in the country, which define political processes. ..."

Ivanishvili gibt Kandidaten für Minister- und Parlamentspositionen bekannt - 08.10.12, Civil Georgia
Genau eine Woche nach den Parlamentswahlen in Georgien hat der Anführer der Oppositionskoalition und Gewinner der Wahlen Bidsina Iwanischwili sein neues Kabinett vorgestellt. Dem Kabinett werden mehrere Personen angehören, die bereits zuvor diplomatische oder Regierungsämter innehatten.
• Außenministerin: Maja Pandschikidse (Frühere Botschafterin in den Niederlanden)
• Verteidigungsminister: Irakli Alasanja (Früherer UN-Botschafter)
• Innenminister : Irakli Garibaschwili
• Minister für Infrastruktur und regionale Entwicklung sowie stellvertretender Ministerpräsident: Kacha Kaladze (Ehemaliger Fußballprofi von AC Mailand)
• Sprecher des Parlaments: David Usupaschwili
• Justizministerin: Tea Tsulukiani
• Minister für Arbeits, -Gesundheits- und Soziale Angelegenheiten: Amiran Gamkrelidse (bereits 2001-2004)
• Minister für Landwirtschaft: David Kirvalidze (bereits 2001-2003)
• Minister für Gefängnisangelegenheiten: Sozar Subari
• Minister für Kultur und Denkmalschutz: Guram Odisharia
• Minister für Sport und Jugend: Levan Kipiani
• Staatsminister für Europäische und Euro-Atlantische Integration: Alexi Petriaschwili
• Kote Surguladse: Staatsministerin für Diaspora- Angelegenheiten
Der zukünftige Regierungschef sagte vor der Presse: „Dies wird wahrlich eine Regierung des Volkes sein“.
Das vorgestellte Kabinett muss nun von Präsident Micheil Saakaschwili dem Parlament zur Bestätigung vorgelegt werden. Saakaschwili hatte zuvor angekündigt mit der Georgian Dream Koalition zu kooperieren.
Rückblick: 1991 Unabhängigkeit von Sowjetunion; 1991-92 Swiad Gamsachurdia; 1992-2003 Eduard Schewardnadse (1964-72 Innenminister); 22.11.2003 Rosenrevolution; 2003-2012 Regierung Saakaschwili

Ivanishvili gibt Kandidaten für Minister- und Parlamentspositionen bekannt - 08.10.12, Rustavi2


Quelle: 08.10.2012, www.civil.ge

Georgian Dream - Bidzina Ivanishvili: Rede auf Kundgebung - 27.05.12, Civil Georgia
‘Elections - a matter of life and death for our country’;
‘Our goal is not to defeat anyone; our goal is Georgia’s victory’;
‘We’ll make no promises, which are impossible to deliver on’;
‘We are starting struggle for Georgia’s reunification in order to make unified, democratic Georgia a full-fledged member of EU, NATO’;


Georgia: Ivanishvili’s call for President Saakashvili’s resignation, a direct attack against democracy and the rule of law - 02.10.2012, eureporter.com, By EU Reporter correspondent
The President of the European People’s Party (EPP), Wilfried Martens, made the following statement on the results of yesterday’s parliamentary elections in Georgia: "The parliamentary elections which took place in Georgia have reinforced
significantly the country’s democratic credentials. Despite the foul campaign practices from the challengers, I take note of the result and I commend President Mikheil  Saakashvili for respecting it and for facilitating a peaceful transition of power. In the next five years, the democratic debate - with the United National Movement (UNM) as the opposition party - will take place in the parliament, not in the streets. For the past nine years, President Saakashvili and the governments of the UNM  - a member-party of the EPP - consolidated and cherished democracy and the rule of law in Georgia. It is not suprising that the OSCE has stated that ‘the Georgian people have freely expressed their will’ and that ‘there were no grave violations during the voting’. Thanks to President Saakshvili and the UNM, Georgia has become a truly democratic and European country." "Needless to say, the EPP will be monitoring very closely the new government, which will be formed by Bidzina Ivanishvili’s ‘Georgian Dream’ coalition, because it remains to be seen if they will preserve the country’s democratic achievements and if they will keep Georgia on the path of Euro-Atlantic integration. But to my astonishment, even as the votes are still being counted, Mr. Ivanishvili has called for President Saakashvili’s resignation. This call is totally unacceptable and is a direct attack against democracy and the rule of law. Therefore, I expect all those European politicians who were quick to congratulate Ivanishvili today, to publicly denounce his call for the President’s resignation and to demand for an immediate retraction. Moreover, I will be working closely with our EPP parliamentary groups in the European Parliament, the Council of Europe and the OSCE, in order to safeguard the country’s democratic achievements; I also call on all other relevant EU institutions to do the same and the European Commission in particular, which is negotiating an Association Agreement with Georgia."

Int. Reaktionen auf die Wahlen in Georgien - Civil Georgia, 04.10.12Below is a round-up of some of the international reactions to Georgia’s October 1 parliamentary elections in which President Saakashvili’s United National Movement lost majority in the legislative body after being defeated by Bidzina Ivanishvili-led Georgian Dream coalition.
Extracts from OSCE/ODIHR-led Int’l Election Observation Mission’s 13-page report on preliminary findings and conclusions released on Oct.2:
Elections marked an important step in consolidating the conduct of democratic elections in line with OSCE and Council of Europe commitments, although certain key issues remain to be addressed.
The campaign was competitive with active citizen participation… Environment, however, was polarized and tense, characterized by the use of harsh rhetoric and some instances of violence.
The distinction between state activities and the campaign of the ruling party was at times blurred.
Overall, election day was calm and peaceful throughout the country. International observers assessed all stages of the election day process generally positively with adherence to procedures, although counting received a less positive assessment.
International observers evaluated the counting process less positively than voting, with a negative assessment given in almost one sixth of polling stations observed.
Statement by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – Oct.2:
“The United States congratulates the citizens of Georgia on their peaceful and active participation in yesterday’s parliamentary elections. This was an historic day for all Georgians and for Georgia’s democratic future. We support the OSCE/ODIHR election observation mission and its assessment that the Georgian people have freely expressed their will at the ballot box. And we urge the authorities to conduct the final count and appeals transparently and in accordance with the rule of law. Now that the people of Georgia have spoken, the United States encourages all parties to work together constructively in the new parliament to advance Georgia’s democratic and economic development. We look forward to working with the new parliament, as well as the cabinet and president of Georgia to build upon our strong relationship and create a brighter future for the Georgian people.
Statement by the White House Press Secretary – Oct.2:
“The United States congratulates the people of Georgia for the successful completion of yesterday’s parliamentary elections, and the achievement of another milestone in Georgia’s democratic development. Georgian citizens have set a regional and global example by conducting a competitive campaign, freely exercising their democratic rights, and affirming their commitment to undertake a peaceful transfer of power. Local and international election monitors, including OSCE/ODIHR, contributed to ensuring a transparent electoral process. While the final tabulation and appeals are still ongoing, these elections mark a significant step in the consolidation of Georgian democracy. Much work remains in the coming days and months. President Mikheil Saakashvili, Bidzina Ivanishvili and the leadership of the Georgian Dream coalition, and Georgia’s new parliament will need to work together in a spirit of national unity to ensure continued progress on the advancement of democracy and economic development to the benefit of the Georgian people and the entire region. The United States stands with all Georgians in welcoming these historic elections. President Obama and his Administration look forward to furthering our close cooperation and strong bilateral partnership with Georgia."
Statement by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen – Oct.3:
“I congratulate the Georgian people on completing free, competitive and peaceful parliamentary elections. This is an historic moment in Georgia's democratic development. Now it is important for all sides to come together for the good of the country and to further consolidate reforms and democratic institutions. NATO is committed to our close relationship with Georgia. We look forward to making this relationship even stronger.”
Joint statement of EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy Štefan Füle – Oct.2:
“The EU congratulates the Georgian Dream coalition on its election victory. The Georgian people have now spoken. Both responsible government and constructive opposition are essential parts of a functioning democratic society. We call on all representatives elected to the new parliament to work together in the interests of Georgia. The generally positive conduct of parliamentary elections on 1 October and the high level of voter participation, underscore Georgia’s commitment to its democratic path… We look forward to continued close cooperation with Georgia on our ambitious mutual agenda of political association and economic integration.”
Statement by British Foreign Secretary William Hague - Oct.3:
"The parliamentary elections in Georgia on 1 October marked a significant step forward in Georgia’s democratic development. Although the campaign environment was polarised and tense, voter turnout was high and the contest highly competitive. I expect that the final result will reflect the choice of the Georgian people. I welcome yesterday’s statement from the OSCE/ODIHR Observer Mission and associated Parliamentary Assembly Missions. The UK was pleased both to contribute to these missions and field a large monitoring mission throughout Georgia, in collaboration with the US and Netherlands Embassies in Georgia. It is now time for all parties to set their differences aside as they work together in the new Parliament and form a new Government. Cooperation and political dialogue are the hallmarks of a true democracy. The UK continues to support Georgia’s democratic future and Euro-Atlantic aspirations."
Statement by Russian Foreign Ministry – Oct.3:
“It is obvious that the Georgian society has voted for changes. We hope that in the end these [changes] will allow Georgia to start normalizing, building constructive and respectful relations with neighbors. Such a development would obviously be welcomed in Russia.”
Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev said on Oct.2:
“If these [early] results become real, the political landscape of Georgia will become more diverse. It can only be welcomed, because probably it means that more constructive and responsible forces will come to the Parliament.”
Statement Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland - Oct.3:
“The successful completion of open and competitive elections, recognised as democratic by the international observers including members of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly, should be seen as a clear and unequivocal sign of the success of the democratic transformation of Georgian society over the last few years. I congratulate the Georgian Dream Coalition on the election victory. It is now important to complete all stages of the election process and handover of government in a calm and constructive atmosphere. The Council of Europe stands ready to further accompany the young but dynamic Georgian democracy in upholding fundamental values and in tackling the challenges which lie ahead."
Statement by the President of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Jean-Claude Mignon - Oct.3:
"Georgia has taken an important step in consolidating the conduct of democratic elections. I particularly wish to welcome the constructive approach taken by President Mikheil Saakashvili, who has announced that he wishes to facilitate the process for forming a new government. I call for dialogue between the political forces in Georgia to ensure the success of their co-existence in the interests of the Georgian people and stability in the region."
EU gratuliert Georgian Dream zum Wahlsieg - Civil Georgia, 03.10.12
EU Congratulates Georgian Dream on Election Victory - Civil Georgia, 03.10.12
The generally positive conduct of parliamentary elections on 1 October, and the high level of voter participation underscore Georgia’s commitment to its democratic path, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Štefan Füle, EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood said in a joint statement on October 2.

"The EU congratulates the Georgian Dream coalition on its election victory. The Georgian people have now spoken. Both responsible government and constructive opposition are essential parts of a functioning democratic society,” the statement reads. In the statement the EU called on all representatives elected to the new parliament “to work together in the interests of Georgia.” “We take full note of ODIHR’s preliminary assessment of the conduct of the elections which considers that the process has shown a healthy respect for fundamental freedoms at the heart of democratic elections,” the statement reads. “We look forward to continued close cooperation with Georgia on our ambitious mutual agenda of political association and economic integration.”

Statement by National Bank of Georgia - 05.10.12, Rustavi2
President of the National Bank of Georgia said today that the change of government will have no negative affect on the bank system of the country. Giorgi Kadagidze explained the country`s financial situation is stable and Georgia has enough reserves to control the situation. "The National Bank of Georgia always was, is and will be the guarantee for the country`s financial stability. Today, the inflation is controllable and the currency exchange rate is stable. Our bank system is very healthy. Furthermore, we have reserves of USD 3 million, which are enough for eradicating any kind of possible shock in the country. I think, no questions exist or can even exist regarding the issue", he said.

CEC Releases Early Results from 85.1% of Precincts  - Civil Georgia, 02.10.12 21:47
According to the early results of party-list contest, released by the Central Election Commission (CEC) as of 9:30pm, the Georgian Dream is in lead with 54.89% and the UNM has 42.42%. These are the results from 3,151 precincts that is 85.1% of a total number of precincts.
No other political group managed to clear the 5% threshold required for endorsing candidates in the Parliament. According to early results, Christian-Democratic Movement (CDM) received 2% of votes. CEC said that final early results would be released later at night. Meanwhile, the activists of Georgian Dream are holding a rally outside CEC demanding quick release of results.
According to early results, the UNM majoritarian MP candidates are leading in 37 single-mandate constituencies, while Georgian Dream candidates - in 35. The CEC has not received the results from the Aspindza single-mandate constituency yet.
The UNM is leading in the following single-mandate constituencies: Sagarejo, Gurjaani, Signagi, Dedoplistskaro, Lagodekhi, Kvareli, Gardabani, Marneuli, Bolnisi, Dmanisi, Tsalka, Tetritskaro, Gori, Khashuri, Akhaltsikhe, Adigeni, Akhalkalaki, Ninotsminda, Ambrolauri, Tsageri, Lentekhi, Terjola, Bagdati, Vani, Khoni, Tskaltubo, Abasha, Senaki, Martvili, Khobi, Zugdidi, Tsalenjikha, Chkhorotsku, Batumi, Keda, Shuakhevi, Khulo.
Georgian Dream majoritarian MP candidates are leading in the following single-mandate constituencies: Telavi, Akhmeta, Tianeti, Rustavi, Mtskheta, Dusheti, Kazbegi, Kaspi, Kareli, Borjomi, Oni, Mestia, Kharagauli, Sachkhere, Zestaponi, Samtredia, Chiatura, Tkibuli, Tskaltubo, Kutaisi, Ozurgeri, Lanchkhuti, Poti, Kobuleti, Khelvachauri.

Georgiens Präsident gesteht Wahlniederlage ein - 02.10.12, dradio.de
Nach der Parlamentswahl in Georgien hat Präsident Saakaschwili seine Niederlage eingestanden. Seine Partei werde in die Opposition gehen, sagte er in einer Fernsehansprache. Nach neuesten Hochrechnungen liegt das oppositionelle Bündnis 'Georgischer Traum' des Milliardärs Iwanischwili mit gut 53 Prozent der Stimmen deutlich vor der Regierungspartei. Sie kann mit lediglich 42 Prozent rechnen. - Die Organisation für Sicherheit und Zusammenarbeit in Europa wertete den Verlauf der Wahl in Georgien als einen wichtigen Schritt auf dem Weg zur Demokratie. - In Tiflis hatten bereits gestern Abend Anhänger der Opposition mit Autokorsos und Hupkonzerten den erwarteten Erfolg gefeiert.

Deutschlandfunk -Internationale Presseschau 02.10.12 12:50 - Georgien nach der Wahl - MP3 | Flash
President Saakashvili Concedes Defeat in Parliamentary Election - 02.10.12, Civil Georgia
In a
televised address President Saakashvili conceded that his ruling UNM party had lost Monday's parliamentary election, adding that UNM was now going into opposition.
Wahlkommission beginnt die Ergebnisse zu veröffentlichen ab 3:50 Uhr Ortszeit - summary protocols on the web
CEC Starts Releasing Results, Claims its Website Under DoS Attack - Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 2 Oct.'12 / 04:12
Chairman of the Central Election Commission (CEC), Zurab Kharatishvili, has said that CEC website suffered denial-of-service attack, which delayed upload of summary protocols on the web. Results from 198 precincts out of total 3,766 were released as of 3:50am. “Our website was under DoS attack, which has caused minor delays… but we were ready for such a scenario too,” Kharatishvili said.
So far released data represent results from only 5.26% of precincts and according to these results the Georgian Dream has in proportional, party-list race 51.62% and the ruling UNM party – 43.85%.

U.S. Ambassador Comments on Elections - 01.10.2012, Civil Georgia
Political leaders “on all sides have told us they will respect the results of a credible process, and will actively encourage their supporters to do the same,” U.S. ambassador to Georgia, Richard Norland, said on October 1.
“The campaigning is over and the results of the election are now in the hands of Georgia’s voters. This is a genuinely competitive occasion. Despite numerous claims and predictions, no one knows in advance what the outcome of today’s voting will be. Each and every Georgian voting today will help decide the outcome,” he said.
“As observers, we have been asked to monitor compliance with international standards and report any violations. We hope there will not be violations, but if there are we will report them, regardless of who commits them. Everyone wants a credible election result. Leaders on all sides have told us they will respect the results of a credible process, and will actively encourage their supporters to do the same. ...
Georgien wählt das Parlament - 01.10.2012, Civil Georgia
Over 3,600 polling stations across the country opened at 8am on October 1 across the country for the parliamentary elections. All the polling stations are opened and voting is ongoing peacefully, according to the Central Election Commission (CEC). It said first data on voter turnout was expected by 10:30am local time. Simultaneously with parliamentary elections, voters in the Autonomous Republic of Adjara are also electing 21-member local legislative body, Supreme Council.
Georgien wählt das Parlament für 8.Versammlung - 01.10.12, Rustavi2
Georgia is electing a new parliament today - polling stations throughout the country were opened at 8 a.m. exactly. The country is electing the parliament of 8-th convocation.
60,000 lokale Beobachter überwachen Wahlen
- 01.10.12, Rustavi2
Georgian NGOs are intensively involved in the process of monitoring of elections - over 60 thousand monitors have been distributed on all polling stations throughout Georgia. Fair Elections NGO has sent about 1270 monitors to all precincts.

61 internationale Organisationen beobachten Wahlen in Georgien - 01.10.12, Rustavi2

Over two thousand monitors from 61 various international organizations are observing parliamentary elections in Georgia. Delegations from the OSCE, CoE and European Parliament are already at various polling stations throughout Georgia.
Präsident gab seine Stimme ab -  01.10.12, Rustavi2
President of Georgia has already made his choice - Mikheil Saakashvili went to the 19th polling station of the Mtatsminda constituency at 9 AM together with first lady Sandra Roelofs and younger son Nikoloz.
Präsident Saakashvili gibt Stimmzettel ab; er sagt, Georgien werde gewinnen - 01.10.2012, Civil Georgia

Wahlen, Russland und Gefängnisskandal in Präsident Saakashvili's UN-Rede - 26.09.2012, Civil Georgia
... he spoke of prison scandal in Georgia ... “The facts were sickening and our responsibility was clear; our reaction was swift and we did what democracies must do – we identified all the responsible, all these responsible were arrested, two government ministers have resigned and we put in charge of the prison system the fiercest critic of the prison system – the human rights defender, the Georgian ombudsman,” ... He said that the democracy would prevail in Georgia only if it remained “Georgian process” guarded from “externally generated security threats.”
“The European Union Monitoring Mission [EUMM] has just announced, that Russian forces are presently undertaking mass illegal military build-up inside occupied territory, in former territory of South Ossetia, which is within Georgia’s internationally recognized borders. As we speak they are bringing offensive weapons and troops inside our borders,” Saakashvili said. ... “I came here to tell you that Georgia will remain an open society – this is the choice of our citizens and there is no alternative to this,” he said. “Georgia has conducted several elections in recent years all of which were observed by international observers and all of which were free and fair.” ... “Regrettably not all actors in the Georgian political landscape shared these principles and are purposely working to undermine the legitimacy of Georgia’s democratic institutions, how they are perceived at home and in the international community,” he said. ... “The main thing that will be confirmed [is] that Georgia will never go back, it will not be dragged back under any pressure, under any dirty money from the North, under any threat of military exercises and [threat of] direct military invasion in case there are mass disturbances, in case there are some kind of militias emerging and menacing us,” Saakashvili said. “It's not gonna work,” he continued. “According to the European Union we are the safest country in Europe; we are the least corrupt country of Europe with strong government institutions; they cannot be bribed and they cannot be undermined.”

Georgia elections: Furious PR battle for Western minds - 20.09.12, BBC
By Damien McGuinness BBC News, Tbilisi
Less than two weeks before elections in Georgia, a bitter political battle is being fought not just in the country itself, but in Western corridors of power. The West is being bombarded by two very different stories about Georgia, with top international PR and lobby firms hired to push the message. The war of words is costing both sides huge amounts of money - in a country with high levels of poverty. The version pushed by the Georgian government rests on a common perception of the country: a small, plucky state, keen to shake off its Soviet past and join Nato, bullied by Russia, and invaded in 2008. ... But now politicians and journalists in the West are suddenly being told another story entirely: President Saakashvili is accused of being authoritarian, of crushing political dissent and of being responsible for Georgia's war with Russia. By this account, the elections on 1 October will be rigged. It is a well-funded message being spread by top international lobbyists and PR firms hired by Georgia's opposition leader, the tycoon Bidzina Ivanishvili, whose $6.4bn (£3.9bn; 4.9bn-euro) fortune is worth around half of Georgia's GDP. ...

Liste der Kandidaten für Direktmandate - List of Majoritarian MP Candidates - 07.09.2012, Civil Georgia
... Ruling party United National Movement and Georgian Dream opposition coalition are the only political groups, which have nominated their candidates in all of the 73 constituencies across the country. Free Georgia, led by Kakha Kukava, has its candidates in 64 constituencies; Christian-Democratic Movement – 61; Labor Party – 58; New Rights – 54. There are only four independent candidates. 77 seats in 150-member Parliament will be allocated under the proportional, party-list system among those parties and election blocs, which will clear 5% threshold, and remaining 73 seats will go to majoritarian MPs elected in single-mandate constituencies. ...
UNM's Party List of MP Candidates (Regierungspartei; Präsident Saakaschwili) - 01.09.12, Civil Georgia
Georgian Dream's Party List of MP Candidates
(Oppositionsbündnis; Miiliardär Iwanischwili) - 31.08.12, Civil Georgia
Termine zur Wahl und Fristen - Election-Related Dates and Deadlines - 03.08.2012, Civil Georgia

More audio records of conversations emerge on internet - 28.09.12
, Rustavi2
More audio records of the conversations between the leaders of the Georgian Dream Coalition has emerged on internet today - the first part of these dialogues were uploaded on youtube.com by the former body-guard of Bidzina Ivanishvili. ... In the new files released today, the leaders of the coalition speak slam their allies from the same coalition and discuss the information policy of the TV9, run by Ivanishvili. Gia Khukhashvili and Irakli Gharibashvili are dissatisfied with the coverage of political events by the TV9 channel.

Ivanishvili`s body guard makes scandalous statement - 27.09.12, Rustavi2
Body guard of the Georgian Dream coalition leader Bidzina Ivanishvili has published his video address and scandalous footage on internet. Beso Surmava says in his video address that the society should know the truth about the coalition. He says Ivanishvili had instructed him personally to chase and make audio records of the telephone conversations of the leaders of the coalition.
`I know that these videos will surprise many people, but I consider myself obliged to behave the way I believe is right. I am personal body guard of Bidzina Ivanishvili, I don`t know why, but our security service was instructed by Bidzina to listen secretely and record conversations of the members of the Georgian Dream at any possibility,` Surmava says.
The audio records, which Surmava released on video, includes conversations of Eka Beselia, who slams another member of the coalition Zakaria Kutsnashvili; Irakli Gharibashvili swears Tina Khidasheli. Conversations of Irakli Alasania, Gubaz Sanikidze and Gia Khukhashvili. ...

Tbilisi Mayor`s statement on secret video recordings - 27.09.12, Rustavi2

Tbilisi Mayor Gigi Ugulava released today a statement regarding the secret video recordings released through social networks.
Scandaous video released on internet - 27.09.12, Rustavi2

The war of malpractices began on internet since the morning today - a video depicting the dialogue of the Gardabani majoritarian MP candidate from Georgian Dream Coalition Mamuka Areshidze with unknown person emerged on social networks today.
Videos depicting meeting of late millionaire with politicians emerges on internet - 27.09.12, Rustavi2

Users of social networks have released videos taken in the residence of the late millionaire, politician and media magnate, Badri Patarkatsishvili. In one of the fragments... 

Khaindrava compains about pressure - 27.09.12, Rustavi2

Politician and film director Goga Khaindrava complains about political pressure from government. Khaindrava told journalists that the criminal cases against him, which accuses him of connection with criminal network, have been fabricated.
Opposition coalition members call interior ministry`s materials `fabrication` - 26.09.12, Rustavi2

Representatives of the Georgian Dream opposition coalition commented on the audio records of teh conversations released by the interior ministry calling them a "fabrication".
Kaladze`s meetings with criminal authorities was reported in June - 26.09.12, Rustavi2

Reports about the meeting between Kakha Kaladze, leader of the Georgian Dream party list and fugitive crime bosses in Europe were released earlier in June. Rustavi2 learned about this meeting then and even aired a reportage about this...
MIA releases audio conversations - 26.09.12, Rustavi2

Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia has released audio records of the conversations between two leaders of the Georgian Dream Coalition, Kakha Kaladze and Gubaz Sanikidze and the criminal bosses, who currently live abroad.


Khaindrava interrogated by law enforcers - 26.09.12, Rustavi2

Opposition figure and former film director Goga Khaindrava was interrogated by the police late last night with the status of witness. He was giving testimony to the investigation regarding the video footage and photos handed over to Georgian ...
Prosecutor`s office releases special statement
25.09.12 17:46
Prosecutor`s Office of Georgia has released video footage depicting meetings of former Georgian politician and film director Goga Khaindrava with Georgian crime bosses in Paris.
Ivanishvili comments on his nephew`s involvement in police bribing - 25.09.12, Rustavi2

Leader of the Georgian Dream Coalition has commented on the video footage released by the Interior Ministry yesterday. Video taken secretly shows how Ivanishvili`s nephew Emzar Ivanishvili tries to bribe police officer.
President comments on GD candidate`s activities - 24.09.12, Rustavi2

President Saakashvili has commented on the video footage of police officers` bribing released by the Ministry of Internal Affairs today, in which one of the MP candidate from Georgian Dream Coalition, Aleko Tabatadze is also mentioned.
MIA arrests four persons for bribing police officers
- 24.09.12, Rustavi2
Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia has arrested four persons with the charges of bribing police officers. Special statement and the video footage depicting the fact of bribery were released by the ministry this morning.
Reportedly, police have arrested Giorgi Gherkerashvili, Giorgi Dzotsenidze, Koba Samkharadze and police officer Roman Maisuradze. In addition, police have seized $50 thousand bribe offered to the police officers.
`Investigation of the case continues to reveal and arrest other persons involved in the crime. Ministry of Interior will hand over these materials to the prosecutor`s office of Georgia for further reaction as the name of MP candidate Aleko Tabatadze has been also tied with the fact of bribery,` the statement says.
Ivanishvili says the video footage released by MIA is false - 24.09.12, Rustavi2
Leader of the Georgian Dream coalition Bidzina Ivanishvili has said the video footage depicting the bribing of police officers by the coalition`s activists and his nephew is false. Ivanishvili says their ideology does not envisage bribing of anybody.
`It was planned earlier and they had been asserting they had something. It is absolutely untrue and fabrication. Our ideology does not envisage bribing anybody and this is false. Nephew or any other relative, who ever it is, it must have been coming from the center, but such thing is not the part of our ideology, it has never been so and nobody believes in this. This is a lie and it will return to them and cause more irritation and concern in people,` Ivanishvili said.

Four persons arrested for prison abuse - 27.09.12, Rustavi2

Prosecutor`s office of Georgia has arrested four persons with the charges of prisoners` sexual assault and abuse - prosecutor Shota Tkeshelashvili announced at the briefing today.
Bedukadze wanted by Interpol - 27.09.12, Rustavi2

Vladimer Bedukadze is wanted by Interpol - fugitive former officer of the Gldani N8 prison, whose photos have been already posted on the official website of the international police structure. Bedukadze, who recorded prisoner`s sexual abuse and torture on cameras, is wanted for life and health offence charges.
Public council to monitor Georgia`s penitentiary system - 26.09.12, Rustavi2

A Public Monitoring Council has been established at the Ministry of Correction and Legal Assistance of Georgia. The monitoring council will comprise prominent public figures, representatives of NGOs and religious minorities, also human rights activists.
Special commission to investigate prisoners` abuse and torture - 25.09.12, Rustavi2
A special commission will be formed within ten days to investigate the facts of prisoners` abuse and torture in Georgian prisons - minister of corrections and legal assistance of Georgia, Giorgi Tughushi announced at the special briefing today.
Statement by Prosecutor`s Office of Georgia - 21.09.12, Rustavi2
Prosecutor`s Office of Georgia has published a special statement calling on everybody to hand over any video or audio evidence p
roving the torture or mistreatment to the prisoners in Georgia to law enforcers in order to make adequate reaction and uproot similar facts. Prosecutor`s Office also defines that not handing such materials to law enforcers is also a crime and is punished with two year sentence.
`In order to protect our prisoners from violence and punish the culprit, it is very important that the investigation has full information about their torture. That`s why, considering the interest of the relatives of the inmates and whole Georgian society, we are calling on any person or organization, who have obtained video footage or audio record depicting prisoners` abuse, to provide these materials to prosecutor`s office immediately,` says the statement.

New Rights call for large-scale amnesty - 21.09.12, Rustavi2

Opposition party New Rights has demanded nation-wide amnesty following the prisoner torture scandal in recent days. Mamuka Katsitadze of the party voiced their demand at the briefing today
Penitentiary Minister entered Gldani prison together with journalists - 21.09.12 12:06, Rustavi2

The new minister of corrections and legal assistance, Giorgi Tughushi entered Gldani prison for the first time after assuming the office of the minister today. Tughushi was accompanied by journalists, who had a possibility to take brief interviews from inmates.
U.S. Helsinki Commission discussed situation in Georgia amid protest outside - 21.09.12, Rustavi2

The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) assembled in Washington yesterday to discuss the recent scandal of prisoner abuse and torture in Georgian prisons.
Students hold rallies against violence in Tbilisi, Georgia - 20.09.12, Rustavi2

A students rally with slogans - Don`t torture! No Violence! - was held outside the prison hospital in Tbilisi today. Prior to it, a part of teh students, along with representatives of the Georgian Dream coalition were assembled outside teh Ministry of Justice and the president`s residence.
PACE President shocked by ill-treatment of prisoners in Georgia - 20.09.12, Rustavi2

Jean Claude Mignon, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), today issued a statement regarding the ill-treatment of prisoners revealed in Georgia few days ago.
Ombudsman assumes office of corrections minister - 20.09.12, Rustavi2

President of Georgia has introduced the new minister of Corrections and Legal Assistance today. Former public defender Giorgi Tughushi has assumed the vacant position of the minister.
Prosecutor`s Office arrested another person involved in prisoner abuse - 20.09.12
, Rustavi2
Chief Prosecutor`s Office has arrested one more person involved in the scandal of prisoner torture and abuse in the Gldani prison, the video footage of which was released by televisions yesterday. As prosecutor Murtaz Zodelava announced at the briefing today, the detained person is Koba Chikvatia, the inspector of the juvenile colony.
New Rights demand internatinoal investigation of prison scandal - 20.09.12, Rustavi2

New Rights opposition party demands international involvement in the investigation of the prisoner abuse and torture scandal in Gldani prison. Pikria Chikhradze of the party briefed today and addressed the European Commissioner for human rights..
Ten defendants sent to custody - 20.09.12 12:13, Rustavi2

Ten defendants accused of prisoner abuse in the Gldani prison, have been sent to custody under pre-trial detention today. Tbilisi city court ruled on the case this morning.
EU issues statement on prisoner abuse scandal - 20.09.12, Rustavi2

The European Union Delegation has issued a special statement regarding the prisoner abuse in the Gldani N8 prison in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Georgia.
Ombudsman`s representatives stay in prisons - 20.09.12, Rustavi2

Representatives of Georgia`s Public Defender were in all problematic prisons of Georgia until late last night after the president ordered to let the ombudsman`s office control how prisoners are treated in prisons in the state of emergency.
Brief dates still underway at Gldani prison - 20.09.12, Rustavi2

Brief dates are still underway at the Gldani notorious prison since yesterday - about 800 people have undergone registration for dates with their relatives and family members after the president issued..
Patrol police officers take over supervision in prisons - 19.09.12, Rustavi2

Patrol police officers have been sent to prisons to take over supervision of inmates there. The reshuffles were carried out after President Saakashvili instructed law enforcement agencies today to replace prison guards with patrol police officers.
Rallies held in regions to protest prisoner abuse - 19.09.12, Rustavi2

Protest rallies were held in regions of Georgia to object to the torture and sexual assault on convicts revealed in prison No8 in Gldani district of Tbilisi.
Statement by Prosecutor`s office of Georgia - 19.09.12, Rustavi2

The Prosecutor`s office of Georgia has released a statement regarding investigation of the case of one of detainees, who was involved in the torture and inhuman and degrading treatment allegedly committed by the employees of the Penitentiary Department.
"Within the ongoing investigation regarding the cases of torture (Article 1441) and inhuman and degrading treatment (Article 1443), allegedly committed by the employees of the Penitentiary Department, Davit Akobia, the officer of the prison #8 in Gldani is being interrogated at the prosecutor general`s office now. Davit Akobia is cooperating with the investigation. He has already given a testimony given significant information to the investigation. Davit Akobia wants to be involved in the witness protection program", the statement says.
Saakashvili commissions revising correctional system - 19.09.12, Rustavi2

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili summoned today the prime minister, the justice minister and the prosecutor-in-chief to his office to discuss the facts of human rights violation revealed in the Gldani prison of Tbilisi.
Opposition leaders condemn violence on inmates - 19.09.12, Rustavi2

Leaders of several opposition parties have condemned the facts of prisoners` pressure in Gldani prison, demanded criminal investigation and accountability of the persons involved in this grave crime.
Patriarch makes special statement - 19.09.12, Rustavi2

Patriarch of All Georgia, Ilia II has made a special statement regarding the facts of prisoners` torture in Gldani Prison today. On behalf of the Holy Synod, His Holiness called on the government to form a special commission, which will be in charge of investigating the human torture in prisons and guarantee protection of the rights of the inmates.
HRW publishes open letter about prisoners` abuse in Georgia - 19.09.12, Rustavi2

International human rights organizaton the Human Rights Watch has published a statement regarding the facts of torture revealed in Gldani N8 prison. The organization calls for detailed investigation and punishment of the persons involved in the crime.
Ombudsman`s staff visited Gldani prison - 19.09.12, Rustavi2

Representatives of Public Defender`s Office entered Gldani N8 penitentiary department following the scandal of the prisoners` torture last night. They met with the convict Tamaz Tamazashvili. They say Tamazashvili denies any connection with the facts of prisoners` torture and abuse.
Ten persons arrested with the charges of prisoners` torture - 19.09.12, Rustavi2

Ten persons have been arrested with the charges of torture and inhumane treatment - Main Prosecutor of Georgia Murtaz Zodelava briefed in this regards today and announced the positions...
Police arrest ten persons suspected of prisoners` torture - 19.09.12, Rustavi2

Police have arrested ten persons suspected of organizing prisoners` torture in the Gldani N8 penitentiary facility. All of them have been charged with article N144 - human torture.
Georgian Dream activists rallied at Gldani prison - 19.09.12, Rustavi2

Members of the youth wing of the Georgian Dream opposition coalition held a protest rally outside the Gldani N8 prison last night. The protest was sparked after the Ministry of Internal Affairs released the video depicting prisoners` torture and abuse, which took place in this penitentiary facility.
Statement by Public Defender - 19.09.12, Rustavi2

Public Defender of Georgia has released a special statement regarding the facts of prisoners` torture in the Gldani N8 prison. In it, Public Defender names all persons, who were shown in the videos depicting the crime and demands beginning of investigation and punishment of the persons involved.
Penitentiary Minister resigns - 19.09.12, Rustavi2

Minister of Probation and Legal Assistance has resigned after the Gldani prison scandal. Khatuna Kalmakhelidze appealed to Prime Minister about resignation this morning.
President`s Statement - 19.09.12, Rustavi2

President of Georgia has made a special statement regarding the facts of human rights violation revealed in the Gldani prison. The videos depicting prisoners` torture and abuse were released by MIA yesterday.
`Fellow Georgians,
What happened in the Gldani number 8 penitentiary facility is a horrific affront to human rights and human dignity.
Those who organized, committed and allowed these crimes to happen will be severely punished.
The police have already arrested most of those identified as involved in these gross abuses. Others are on the run but being actively pursued by police.
This case had already been under investigation because some of the perpetrators had recently been identified as connected with organized crime figures.
Tonight, I tell all the victims of these inhuman actions and the whole nation that the Georgia we have built and we are all building together shall not and will not tolerate such behavior -- in its prisons or anywhere else.
We have not overcome years of impunity and lawlessness to allow some people, whether they are from the criminal world or, worse, from the penitentiary system itself, to commit such crimes.
Those who were responsible for the penitentiary system and could not prevent such atrocities have been fired.
Those who committed these crimes will spend long years in jail.
The whole idea of our new Georgia stands against this violence, which is a reminiscence of our past that shall be and will be eradicated.
I ordered the relevant ministries to work restlessly on this case, identify, arrest and bring to justice all these criminals.
I will personally make sure that justice is delivered.
And I will personally supervise that the dignity of our prisoners is safeguarded in our system, against the abuses of the members of the criminal world and of those corrupt rotten members of the penitentiary who behave like mafia members.
I will supervise this because every Georgian has the same right to dignity and fair treatment in the nation we are all building together.
Our nation is based on the respect of human rights and human dignity and it will get rid of this ugly violence.
Statement by Ministry of Internal Affairs - 18.09.12, Rustavi2

Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia has published a special statement today:
`On the basis of operative information received from Gldani N8 prison an investigation was launched upon the fact of degrading or inhumane treatment against prisoners from the side of certain penitentiary department employees.
As a result of investigative activities jointly conducted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Penitentiary Department, it was ascertained that Levan Purtskhvanidze, the head of security section, Vladimer Bedukadze, an operative duty inspector (dismissed from the occupied position in May 2012) and several individuals under their influence have exercised inhumane treatment against prisoners and made video records according to previously elaborated plot.
From the received evidences it was established that organization of inhumane treatment towards prisoners, video recording of such behavior and proposal for material delivery to the clients in return for substantial reimbursement were made by Tamaz Tamazashvili (currently serving his term in the same prison) to penitentiary department employees.
At this stage of investigation and from the retrieved evidences, it became clear that initial contact with a client was provided by Tamaz Tamazashvili and then by means of Tamaz Elizbarashvili.
During searching activities held in the cabinet of Levan Purtskhvanidze police detected video materials depicting inhumane treatment exercised against prisoners and 17 000 USD. It is supposed that besides the above mentioned material there are other video records of the same character.
In the course of investigation Levan Purtskhvanidze, the head of security section, Levan Pkhaladze, section inspector Boris Parulava, were pronounced as an accused for committing the motioned crime and detained. As for Vladimer Bedukadze, he was currently announced as wanted. Investigation is in progress,` the statement says.
Minister of Corrections and Legal Assistance, Khatuna Kalmakhelidze held a special briefing regarding the violations of convics` rights in prisons today. Minister said, the operative department of the ministry worked in coordination with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and revealed the aforementioned crime. Minister said that any person, who tried to provoce violation of prisoners` rights from outside, will be adequately punished in accordance with Georgian legislation.

Überblick zu allen Parteispenden - 11.08.2012, Civil Georgia

Präsident Saakashvili greift Ivanishvili an wegen groben Fehlern in der Darstellung in seinem TV-Sender anläßlich des Jahrestages des Georgienkrieges - 09.08.2012, Civil Georgia

Saakashvili Attacks Ivanishvili over His TV’s War Anniversary News Report Blunder
- ‘Only an idiot can ask a question: who started this war’;
- ‘Putin’s remarks are admission of guilt’;
- Saakashvili to Ivanishvili: ‘Your patron Putin himself said today that he started the war’
President Saakashvili seized upon Bidzina Ivanishvili-funded television station’s August war-related gaffe and said that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin was “patron” of the Georgian Dream opposition coalition leader and “his slaves”.
When reporting about the August war anniversary on August 8 and giving a background information about those events, a newscaster of the Channel 9 TV station’s noon news bulletin read out a text from one of the Georgian news agencies, saying: “Military hostilities were launched on August 7, 2008 between Ossetian separatists, backed by the Russian troops, and the Georgian army. Russia, which legally brought into the region its army units and military hardware, formally engaged in the war on August 8.”
In its 3pm news bulletin the television station apologized for reporting that Russia deployed troops legally, blaming mistake on a news agency, whose text a newscaster was reading. The news agency, GHN, said it made a mistake by not putting the word legally in scare quotes.
“Channel 9’s newsroom apologizes for reading out a text prepared by a news agency without verifying and checking it. At the same time the Channel 9 wants to specify that it does not share such formulation of the text,” a newscaster of TV station’s news bulletin announced.
Channel 9 was not the only TV station which read out this text; Imedi TV’s journalist used the same text, saying that Russian troops were deployed “legally”, while delivering live report in Imedi TV’s 11am news bulletin on August 7. Imedi TV is co-owned by Saakashvili’s ally and former economy minister Giorgi Arveladze.
Speaking in the Black Sea port of Poti, which was one of the targets of Russia’s air strikes during the August war four years ago, President Saakashvili said later on August 8: “This morning one of the political party’s television channel announced that Russian forces… were completely legally operating on the Georgian territory.”
“We are a democratic state and they can think whatever they want; they can say whatever they want, no matter how horrible and disgusting it might be,” Saakashvili said. “But shouldn’t you have at least slight of decency not to say something like this on the day when we all should be paying respect to our fallen compatriots? These people have not even a slight sense of solidarity.”
“Not a single law bans to speak and think this way, but not a single law bans us to express what we think about these people,” he continued.
“One thing is to hate you government and it’s another issue to justify aggression against your own country and to justify an attempt of conquering and destroying your country.”
He then continued by speaking about the August 8 remarks of Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling them “admission of guilt.” Putin said that the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces had drawn up a plan of repelling Tbilisi’s possible attack on South Ossetia more than a year before the August, 2008 war and in addition was also training South Ossetian militias as part of this plan.
“But here is the biggest paradox – today, the major initiator and culprit of [the August, 2008] war, Vladimir Putin, absolutely explicitly stated that for several years he had been planning and training armed groups within our sovereign, independent territory; that is a classical legal definition of an international aggression,” Saakashvili said.
“He [Putin] himself made this admission and when this man states: ‘Yes, I did it, I did it and I’m proud of that’, there are Georgian politicians and their [media] outlets, funded with Russian money, which are sowing uncertainty and confusion about this issue and asking one and the same idiotic question – no one but an idiot will ask this question – ‘who started this war?’.”
“I want to address these people, this man [Ivanishvili] and his slaves: your patron Putin himself said today that he started the war and he’s proud of that; maybe you will now revise your versions about this issue and fit [your versions] to what Putin himself has said,” Saakashvili said.
“This situation now looks like when an offender admits committing a crime… but [the offender]-financed lawyer still says: ‘No, no, that’s not what you think’,” Saakashvili said. “I want to address these people: should not be there a difference between Putin and you? He is Putin and you are Georgians. How can there be uncertainty and confusion about who bombed our homes and our towns?”
Also on August 8 the Georgian Foreign Ministry released a statement saying that Putin’s “open admission of the long-term, pre-meditated nature of the 2008 invasion offers critical insight into the conflict.”
“His statements confirm Georgia's long-standing position that Russia's armed incursion into Georgia in August 2008 constituted a premeditated act of aggression against a sovereign nation,” the Georgian Foreign Ministry said. "Based on today's statement, the Georgian government calls upon the international community to continue to pressure Russia to withdraw its occupying forces from Georgia and to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its neighbors."

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