How will the fox get out of prison?
Mamuka Khazaradze, the leader of “Lelo” in Brussels on April 22, named a European parliamentarian who, according to him, is ready to bail Nika Melia, the chairman of the “United National Movement”. According to him, this MEP Riho Terrace from the “European People’s Party”, the former head of the Estonian Armed Forces.
At the moment, the bail initiative has the most supporters in the opposition. Another signatory to the agreement, Salome Samadashvili, joins the idea of bail. He is also positively assessed by the leader of “European Georgia” Giga Bokeria:
“It was unexpected, it is a good initiative. However, this proves, unfortunately, once again that in the agreement on these and other important issues, there was a way to gain much more favorable positions for the country. “ – Bokeria said.
Nika Melia has not been charged yet, so he cannot be pardoned. In addition to the bail, there are two ways to release him so far: amnesty for the events of June 20 and his release on bail.
The April 19 agreement on the release of Nika Melia, the leader of the United National Movement, provides for an amnesty mechanism, but Melia himself opposes it. Those who were injured during the dispersal of the June 20 rally are also against it. Nika Melia still refuses to pay bail for him.
What is promised to Georgia in the EU?
Leaders of Lelo in Brussels have said that Georgia may obtain a roadmap for EU membership and some form of interim EU membership.
The information spread in the media met with great interest from a part of the society. RFE / RL contacted Badri Japaridze, who, along with other Lelo leaders, held meetings with representatives of both the EU legislative and executive bodies.
Badri Japaridze told us that giving a roadmap to Georgia, which wants to join the EU, as a new, non-existent tool, is an idea activated by MEPs, and if the European standards are met, the country may get this “honeycomb”; However, at this stage, everything is the idea of the MEPs.
What specific information does Lelo have and what additional information did RFE / RL obtain regarding Georgia’s European perspective? – Read more in Lela Kunchulia’s article.
Epidemiological situation in Georgia
The Minister of Health of Georgia Ekaterine Tikaradze said on Rustavi 2 TV that the Ministry is gradually increasing the bed fund of Kovid-19. He said a new order was issued today to mobilize an additional 1,000 beds. Ekaterine Tikaradze noted that these beds will be available from next week:
“At this stage, we have 5,500 beds, where all the necessary equipment needed by the patient is mobilized, as well as our already experienced doctors in the management of Kovid. “It is important to note that at this stage, up to 3,500 patients are being treated, so 2,000 beds are free and an additional 1,000 beds will be available to our citizens next week.” – said Ekaterine Tikaradze. According to him, 9 covid hotel hotels are also mobilized at the moment, where citizens are undergoing treatment.
Since the first day of coronavirus detection in Georgia, more than 300 thousand cases of the virus have been reported. Health officials predict the third wave of COVID-19 in late April, first half of May.
Russia is beginning to withdraw additional troops from annexed Crimea and Ukraine
Russia’s defense minister has ordered the General Staff and the command to begin withdrawing forces from the Kremlin that moved into the annexed Crimean peninsula and the Russian region bordering eastern Ukraine in late March.
By order of Sergi Shoigu, the military forces should return to the places of permanent dislocation in the southern and western military districts, because, as the Russian minister said, the military exercises have already achieved all the goals set before him.
“Troops have demonstrated that they can provide reliable defense for the country. In this regard, I have decided to complete the inspection in the southern and western military districts. “ Said Shoigu.
It is expected that Biden may recognize the “genocide” of the Armenians
According to Western media reports, President Joe Biden recognizes the massacre of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire during World War I as “genocide.”
This recognition, which he promised during the November presidential election campaign, would be largely symbolic, but it is likely to anger Turkey and escalate already high tensions between the two NATO allies.
Biden is likely to use the word “genocide” in his statement on April 24, when Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day is celebrated around the world every year, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters and The New York Times.
The right to sex education – why does a 9-year-old student go to court?
A 9-year-old girl and her human rights activists are preparing a lawsuit, which will be filed in the Tbilisi City Court in the near future. The respondent is the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia and the Government of Georgia. A public school student in Tbilisi and his lawyer, through the Ministry of Education, are being asked by the court to provide comprehensive education on sexual and reproductive health education in schools, in particular to introduce a separate curriculum in schools.
Ana Arganashvili, a Partnership for Human Rights lawyer and lawyer for a 9-year-old student, told RFE / RL that with this move, they want to set a precedent for the state to recognize that when it does not provide full access to sex and reproductive health education, it violates children’s rights. . Ana Arganashvili says that one of the purposes of the lawsuit is to protect children from sexual violence.
What does the child whose suit is being made require? How are reproductive health issues taught in school today and why do teachers skip the topic of sexual health in textbooks? Read more here.
Marekh from the Red Cross: Wars and People
The Red Cross enters where the door is locked and no one else can help the war-torn, distressed people. Too often he is the only one in charge of protecting people affected by international and domestic conflicts, and everyone knows that the key to this humanitarian organization, wherever he works, is to uphold the principles of neutrality and impartiality.
If you work in the Red Cross, you know, simple work is not for you. But you also know – you help people.
The mission may take you to the hottest spot in the world. Where war separates families, people often lose each other forever, where war victims do not have a home where everything can happen to them because of war.
Marekh Shervashidze, a Georgian delegate to the International Committee of the Red Cross, who will soon go on another international mission, already knows this.
The story began years ago, in 2012, with the arrival of a delegation from the International Committee of the Red Cross in Tbilisi, where Marekh was gathering information from family members of the missing during the Abkhaz war. The information collected by completing a 50-page questionnaire was to assist experts in finding and further identifying the remains. This was followed by the organization of medical evacuations of people living in Tskhinvali.
What is it like to work where there is war, where adults and children alike have the hardest time and are waiting for help? Read Eka Kevanishvili’s article.
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