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Ex-Minister Joins Georgian Human Rights Group


http://gdb.rferl.org/47031D1B-A8F9-41A4-908C-A1D699C01A37_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/47031D1B-A8F9-41A4-908C-A1D699C01A37_mw800_mh600.jpg Georgi Khaindrava (file photo) (ITAR-TASS) August 1, 2006 -- Giorgi Khaindrava, the former state minister for conflict resolution in Georgia, has joined the Equality Institute, a human rights group that has been outspokenly critical of the Georgian government's record on human rights.


Khaindrava was dismissed on July 21 for publicly criticizing a cabinet colleague.


The Equality Institute has led criticism of Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili, whom it holds responsible for alleged police violence.


(Civil Georgia, Caucasus Press)

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