Death toll rises to four as 4-year-old child dies in Tbilisi explosion

Published in Society
Thursday, 17 January 2019 09:47

A four-year-old child has died in hospital after a Tbilisi residential building explosion rocked Tbilisi several hours ago. Doctors say the child was in a critical condition when he was brought to Imedi Clinic.

Among the injured are six minors and two middle-age individuals-a man and a woman, based on the latest information.

Georgian PM Mamuka Bakhtadze has declared 17 January as a mourning day.

Flags on state buildings will fly at half-staff tomorrow. 

Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili, who visited the injured children in the Iashvili Clinic, stated that their lives are not at risk.

She said that she is deeply touched by the huge tragedy and offered her condolences to the families of those who died.

The local authorities will accommodate them until the building is checked for safety and mandatory works are done.

EARLIER: 21:47

Three people have been killed and at least five injured in a powerful explosion in the Didi Digomi district of Tbilisi about two hours ago – among the injured four are children.

A gas leak may have caused the explosion. Nearby buildings were also damaged in the blast, locals say.

The evacuation of people from the building where the explosion took place has ended.

Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze and Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze are at the scene.

Health Minister David Sergeenko told the media that the health condition of two minors is satisfactory, while the condition of two others is critical. One has a skull trauma, but fortunately there is no need of surgical intervention. Another is being transported from the Imedi clinic and his health condition, as far as I know, is critical,” Sergeenko said.

Residents told the media that there was a strong gas smell present in the building throughout the day. Employees of gas provider company Kaztransgas came to the building to check for a leak, but left the scene after finding that nothing was wrong with the gas infrastructure

Patrol police, rescuers and emergency brigades are at the scene.

The staircase inside the building has been destroyed, as well as the walls of several flats.

Earlier: 21:47

A residential building has exploded due to an alleged gas leak in Didi Digomi district of Tbilisi.

Three deaths have been confirmed, several have been hospitalised.

Rescue workers are currently trying to extinguish the fire and evacuate people from the building.



Sofo Kiladze delivered the report at the Committee on the Rights of the Child

Published in Economics
Friday, 27 January 2017 16:45

Geneva hosted the 74th Session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. The Delegates considered the 4th intermittent report submitted by Georgia within implementation of the Convention on the Rights and the Child, attended by the Chair of the Human Rights and Civil Integration Committee, Ms. Sofo Kiladze and the representatives of the executive and the judicial authorities.
Ms. Kiladze delivered the report and spoke about the new initiatives and the plans related to the draft on rights of the child. The draft also concerns the directions necessary for enhancement of the high standard of protection of the right of children. She introduced the new initiatives envisaging improvement of the social worker institution in Georgia. “The Human Rights and Civil Integration Committee has already started working in this direction. Particular emphasis will be made on the issues related to children”.
She also spoke about the undertakings of the state to protect children and adults from drugs. The Georgian Delegation provided the Committee within the session with the information about the issues, such are: Juvenile Justice Code; Anti-Discriminative Laws; combating trafficking of children; healthcare and education for children; state of children with disabilities; street and gutter children; juveniles in penitential departments; new referral mechanisms against violence on children etc.
The Committee gave the positive estimation to the reforms made by Georgia and underlined significant progress in this regards.

Birth during a Los Angeles-bound China Airlines flight!

Published in Video
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 20:43

A woman gives birth during a Los Angeles-bound China Airlines flight

4-Year-Old Child Found in Mtskheta

Published in Justice
Friday, 11 September 2015 11:45

According to the notification received by the Emergency Response Center "112" of the MIA the 4-year-old child in Mtskheta had left the house for an unknown direction and did not return. The officers of Mtskheta-Mtianeti Regional Main Division of Mtskheta-Mtianeti Main Division of the Patrol Police Department and the Emergency Situations Management Agency started the searching activities in Aragvi river and the surrounding areas. As a result of the searching measures the Patrol Police crew found the boy in Mtskheta, on the main highway where the kid was crossing the roadway. The boy was taken to a safe place; police officers established his identity, contacted his parents and passed them the child safely.

Police Found Lost Child

Published in Society
Monday, 07 September 2015 16:47

Georgian police found lost child. On August 29, the Rustavi City Division received the notification from the parents of 14 years old David L about disappearance of their son. Police rendered the prompt response to the incident and produced the investigative case of the missing person. The searching activities were initiated throughout the country; all the people who had communication with the lost minor were interrogated.

The law enforcers, as a result of the searching measures have found David L today in the vicinity of Tbilisi Sea; the minor was brought to Rustavi City Division and passed to his parents safe and sound under the receipt.

Everyone has a right to Quality Education

Published in Society
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 11:23

Inclusive education, as defined by UNESCO, is a process that addresses and responds to the diversity of needs of all children, youth and adults through increasing participation in learning, cultures and communities, and reducing and eliminating exclusion within and from education. It is a principle that places the responsibility (a ‘positive obligation’) on states to educate all children without any discrimination within the mainstream system. As noted in 2014 by the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly, schools must become places where priority is given to teaching young people to live in harmony in an environment which respects freedom of thought and conscience, encourages learners to open up to others and develop a critical mind, while providing adequate support to those who need it.

Every child’s right to quality education ‘on the basis of equal opportunity’ is firmly enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It is intrinsically linked to inclusive education and consists not only of one’s cognitive development but also of the inculcation of values and attitudes of responsible citizenship, and is a fundamental pillar of democratic societies. In addition, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities requires the provision of quality education in a mainstream, inclusive environment to children with disabilities, establishing this as an international legal obligation. In fact, it has been estimated that non-inclusion of persons with disabilities in Europe and Central Asia has cost a loss of 35.8% of these regions’ GDP.

In its landmark 2007 judgment in D.H. and others v. the Czech Republic the Strasbourg Court’s Grand Chamber concluded that segregation of Roma in education was discriminatory and noted that discriminatory barriers to access to education for Roma children are present in a number of European countries. Similar judgments have been rendered in respect of Greece and Hungary. Regarding minority education more generally, the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities requires states to promote equal opportunities for access to education at all levels for persons belonging to national minorities.

The Revised European Social Charter guarantees the right of persons with disabilities to independence, social integration and participation in the life of the community, including in education. The European Committee of Social Rights has upheld these principles in decisions on collective complaints concerning the lack of access to inclusive education, for example those concerning France and Belgium.

Inclusive education benefits all learners. It is not limited to integrating children with specific needs into mainstream education, but has a positive impact on all children, the school institutions and the community at large, as noted in a 2006 General Comment by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Inclusive, inter-cultural education is supported by the Council of Europe programme on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education, which includes a specific programme on South East Europe: “Regional Support for Inclusive Education”. This project promotes the concept of inclusive education as a reform principle that respects and caters for diversity among all learners, with a specific focus on those who are at higher risk of marginalisation and exclusion, such as members of national minority groups.

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