Tina Burjaliani

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The Price of Human Rights Violations during War and Occupation

On 12 May 2014, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ordered Turkey to pay 90 million euros to Cyprus. This is the first ever award of compensation imposed in an inter-state dispute by the ECHR for a party violating the European Convention on Human Rights. Before now this issue had remained open.The 12 May 2014 judgment of the ECHR set an important precedent that will necessarily affect other inter-state disputes, including the two complaints Georgia has made against...

The Trial of Akhalaia

On 1 August 2013, after a seven-month-long trial, the Tbilisi City Court delivered a verdict of acquittal on one of charges leveled against Bacho Akhalaia, the defense minister of the former government who also served as interior minister.Bacho Akhalaia was charged, alongside the former Chief of Joint Staff of the Georgian Armed Forces Giorgi Kalandadze and several other senior military officers, with the inhumane treatment of soldiers. Throughout the investigation stage and the court hearing,...

The Benefits of a Liberal Immigration Policy

Georgia pursues a liberal immigration policy. Consequently, citizens of up to 80 foreign countries can enter Georgia for a short stay without travel visas. Likewise, they can obtain a residence permit in Georgia without much red tape. Furthermore, foreigners legally staying in Georgia can seek employment without any additional permits, except in those spheres in which the law requires Georgian citizenship.Just recently it has become known that the government of Georgia intends to revise this...

Why the West Criticizes Arrests of Former Senior Officials

Several weeks ago, the head of fourth unit of the criminal police department of the interior ministry, Davit Geladze, shot a gun at and wounded a young person, presumably because the senior official was angry at him.Earlier than that, criminal proceedings were instigated against the first deputy interior minister, Gela Khvedelidze, for the release of a surreptitious video featuring the personal life of a journalist.Investigations are underway on both cases. Both of the accused senior officials...

Why We Do Not Believe In Our Truth

In August 2008, elements of the regular army of the Russian Federation crossed Georgia's borders and launched a large-scale military operation. This war left very few people still convinced that the conflicts existing in Georgia since the 1990s are ethnic conflicts. The open aggression in August 2008 made it clear to everyone that there is only one conflict – the Russia-Georgia conflict, and that Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region are occupied by Russia.Almost five years have passed since the...

Why There Is No Need for a Special Commission to Eliminate Shortcomings in the Justice System

The government of Georgia has put forward an initiative to set up a special commission to eliminate shortcomings in the justice system and to reinstate justice. This commission, the members and chairperson of which will probably be approved by parliament, will be entitled to review cases already heard and decisions already delivered by the courts. Under the current legislation, such powers are vested with the courts alone and are only permitted in certain cases strictly specified by the law....

court independence in a new danger zone

Announcements concerning the launch of reforms to the Georgian judiciary have been made several times over the past 20 years. Over that period, the political opposition, as a rule, has criticized courts for being controlled by the state. Upon coming to power, every new government is therefore quick to declare that they are about to start building an independent judiciary anew. We have gone around in this circle several times now, but the criticism of our courts has never stopped.After coming to...

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