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Four Chapters of the Kurashi Gospel Restored by the National Archives of the Ministry of Justice, Return to the Etseri Community

Four chapters of the 12th-century Kurashi Gospel, one of the outstanding monuments of Georgian culture, have been returned to the Etseri community. The Deputy Minister of Justice, Buba Lomuashvili, the Director General of the National Archives, Teona Iashvili, and the Head of the Restoration Department of the National Archives, Tamila Apakidze, officially handed over the restored chapters to representatives of the Etseri community. The chapters are now returned to the Church of St. George in the village of Kurashi. Reverend Ilarion, Bishop of Mestia and the Zemo Svaneti Diocese, offered a special prayer during the ceremony.

The restorers at the National Archives dedicated 18 months to the restoration and conservation of the manuscript, which consists of 151 pages, including four chapters of Giorgi Mtatsmindelisi's edition. The book also features wills and inscriptions from various periods, and two pages are palimpsests containing fragments of the 9th-10th century Jerusalem lectionary.

Prior to restoration, the manuscript was in a state of severe decay, missing its cover and plagued by damaged and torn sheets, stains, dust, mold, and candle wax deposits. The page order was also disrupted.

The restoration process involved disinfecting each sheet, cleaning with both dry and wet methods to remove dust, mold, and candle stains, and softening and straightening torn and deformed sheets. Damaged edges were repaired with artificial parchment, and the text was reorganized, renumbered, bound, and placed in a new leather cover.

The Kurashi Gospel is the second Svanetian manuscript to undergo restoration and conservation at the National Archives laboratory. Previously, in 2021, the four chapters of the 12th-century Lakhamuli Gospel were restored.

Both restoration projects were made possible through prior negotiations with the local community.

The event was attended by numerous dignitaries, including the Chairperson of the Georgian Parliament, Shalva Papuashvili; the Minister of Culture, Sports, and Youth of Georgia, Tea Tsulukiani; the Chair of the People's Power party, Sozar Subari; and various representatives from legislative and executive authorities.

Public Service Hall Opens in Samtredia

Access to public and private sector services continues to grow in Georgia. A new branch of the Public Service Hall has been inaugurated in Samtredia, offering up to 500 services to the local population in a modern and comfortable setting. Couples looking to marry can plan a formal ceremony in a specially designed ritual space.

The Samtredia Public Service Hall was officially opened by Prime Minister Irakli Kobakhidze, Minister of Justice Rati Bregadze, and State Trustee in the Imereti region Zviad Shalamberidze. This new branch is fully accessible to persons with disabilities and has created employment for about 20 local residents.

Expanding access to state services is a key priority for the Ministry of Justice, which currently operates 119 Public Service Halls across Georgia. For citizens residing far from regional centers, the innovative Mobile Public Service Hall project provides essential services. In the Imereti region alone, 24 Public Service Halls are operational, with the Mobile Public Service Hall serving an additional 15 villages.

This year, the reach of the Public Service Hall network will be further expanded with new branches set to open in Chala, Zoti, Tolebi, Tsaishi, and Shrosha. Additional branches will also open in Tbilisi (Gldani) and Batumi. Construction is underway for new facilities in Khashuri, Terjola, Akhmeta, Mtskheta, Sagarejo, and Khelvachauri municipalities.

The opening ceremony for the Samtredia Public Service Hall was attended by the Deputy Minister of Justice, local government heads, and other invited guests.

Under the Аauspices of a Ministry of Justice-funded Project, Efforts Are Ongoing to Protect Human Rights in Villages Near the Dividing Line in the Occupied Territories

Within the framework of the project funded by the agency, the Ministry of Justice, continues to make strides in protecting human rights in the villages adjacent to the dividing line in the occupied territories.

Deputy Minister of Justice, Tornike Cheishvili, and Head of Administration, Manana Begiashvili, reviewed the progress of a project aimed at bolstering human rights protection in these areas.

As part of the grant proposal, students living in villages near the dividing line in the occupied territories received training. These trained youths then conducted surveys among senior students in the IDP settlements on basic human rights and security issues. Following the analysis of the survey results, an awareness-raising campaign was initiated. This campaign included specialized training sessions for students in these villages, covering fundamental human rights and conflict resolution.

The project also has a scientific component. A comprehensive study was prepared, involving field specialists and international experts. This study led to the development and distribution of guidelines and the production of special videos.

The project is implemented by the International University of the Caucasus in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia and the Student Assistance Club in the villages near the dividing line.

The Ministry of Justice holds an annual grant competition aimed at promoting innovative services, enhancing human rights protection, and strengthening legal security. This year, the Ministry is funding 17 winning projects from this competition.

Ministry of Justice Team Celebrates Georgia's Independence Day with Ceremonial Events in Poti

The Ministry of Justice celebrated Georgia's Independence Day in Poti with a series of ceremonial events. Deputy Minister of Justice, along with local authorities, extended their congratulations to the audience on this significant occasion.

Throughout the day, the Ministry of Justice organized a variety of cultural, sports, children's, and entertainment activities for both locals and visitors. Highlights of the celebrations included:

  • Theatrical performance "Argonauts";
  • Issuance of commemorative birth certificates titled "Birthplace - Independent Georgia" from the Mobile Public Service Hall;
  • Distribution of May 26 commemorative passports; Registration of about 100 individuals for free training sessions; Distribution of legislative literature;
  • An opportunity for attendees to make a symbolic signature on the act of independence.

The event also featured:

  • Archival exhibits showcasing the historical and cultural development of Poti;
  • An exhibition of paintings by convicts;
  • Children’s activities, master classes and workshops;
  • Sports games, cognitive quizzes and shows;
  • Cyber games;

A concert featuring performances by local and visiting artists.

At 17:10, the historic moment of Georgia's declaration of independence was commemorated with a solemn celebration. The national anthem of Georgia was performed by the ensemble "Didgori."

Military armored vehicles from the Georgian Defense Forces were displayed in the central square of Poti.

In addition to Poti, Independence Day events were organized by the government administration in 18 cities across Georgia.

The Ministry of Justice of Georgia extends its congratulations on Independence Day!

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