What "Georgian Dream" May Come28.03.2012 | 19:43
In the office of high commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, there is a "Voluntary Fund for Technical Cooperation". Advisor to the Commissioner and member of the Board, consisting of five people, is former human rights defender of Georgia Sozar Subari. He has a rich political past. Subari has always stood for truth and for the people; thus he has deserved people's love and respect. Mr. Sozar told how the government was trying to deprive the country of the "Georgian Dream" of Bidzina Ivanishvili.
Mr. Subari, despite the fact that you are not a human rights defender any more, your name is still associated with the protection of human rights, and you are a well-known person.
Perhaps, it's because I had to work in very hard time. After the "Rose Revolution" everyone was waiting for the government to change their lives for the better. But the opposite happened. We had to make a lot of effort to respond adequately to this challenge, the more that we had no suitable office. We've gradually reorganized our office, acquired skills to protect the rights of citizens, not only real persons but also natural persons. I am proud of our work during 2005-2010. We were the fighters for the human rights.
Are you again engaged defending human rights in the "Georgian Dream"?
I'm trying to protect the people's rights. Especially now, when Mr. Ivanishvili has come to politics and when the government is subjecting his supporters to repression more strictly. They have activated the mechanism of punishment one person. Legislative changes, which occur almost every day, are related only to Mr. Ivanishvili. They're joking in Georgia, calling the legislative changes "Code of Ivanishvili". The government has become a professional of false international public opinion polls and elections.
Do you think they will restore citizenship of Ivanishvili?
His wife has been already restored the citizenship, their children are also citizens of Georgia. The very Bidzina Ivanishvili was born in Georgia and has been living here over the past 10 years. He has invested huge amount of money into the development of the country. He must be citizen of our country. Such step of our government is the fear of a new fair force.
How many political prisoners there is in Georgia today, and what they are being punished for?
Sad but true: there are about 100 political prisoners in Georgia today. This is confirmed by international organizations. They aren't using the term "political prisoners", but they are talking about detainees on political reasons, what actually is the same. First of all, a defendant must consider himself a political prisoner. Thomas Hammarberg, former Commissioner of the European Council on Human Rights, shares this view. I've studied a lot of cases when the people were detained only due to their political views. Saakashvili has already exceeded all bounds. There's no country where such apparent mass persecution of people for their political beliefs may take place.