Opposition Claims Authorities Plan Next Wave of IDP Eviction
17 February, 2011
Opposition Claims Authorities Plan Next Wave of IDP Eviction

While Koba Subeliani, Minister of Refugees and Resettlement of Georgia, has been negatively cited in the Parliament several times, new reports indicate that the Government plans eviction of IDPs from another 100 sites, both temporary shelters and compact resettlements. These reports originate from the IDP Civil Movement which –as it claims - will obtain the list of those 100 sites in the next few days from where IDPs will be ousted soon.


The movement representatives say

the tip came from the inside source of the Ministry. However, the latter categorically denies it and states that they plan no more evictions of IDPs living in Tbilisi compact resettlements.
“Officially  we do not know yet when the next eviction begins and which sites it covers. At the moment the only things I can say is that among these sites are both temporary shelters and compact re-settlement places, the shelters being in greater numbers. As they told us in the Ministry, they will get the list of the sites in the nearest days,” – say IDP Civil Movement representatives.
Lasha Chkhartishvili (Conservative Party): “The exact list cannot be obtained for a simple reason. The Ministry illegally classified it. In general, according to the Authorities, over 100 sites have been legalized so far and another 100 remains in the pipeline. So, it is apparent that their absolute majority is likely to be forced out. No one knows when and from where the eviction process will be launched.”
“The only agreement that was somehow clinched between the ruling power and us is that they have to send a one-month advance notice to us in Sakrebulo specifying the eviction date and sites. It must be noted however that in the first round of eviction they gave us only the 2-day advance notice. This time there is not notice on our table but that does not mean they will not proceed to eviction. You may know that these Authorities are prone to promising one thing but doing another one,” – say representatives of the opposition team in the Capital Sakrebulo.
“No eviction is in the offing. So, the reports are wrong and lies,” – this is the official position of the Ministry of Refugees.
Allow us to recall that some time ago law enforcers were extensively used for the eviction of IDP from the temporary residences of the Georgian capital offering them alternatives in regions. These events caused an outcry and criticism from a number of international organizations.

 

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