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    Posted February 21, 2014 by
    Tbilisi, Georgia

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    Young Barristers Discuss Legal Sides of the Khudoni HPP Project

    The non-profit human rights NGO “Young Barristers” held a conference regarding the legal aspect of the Khudoni HPP project, with emphasis on issues like social and economic disputes, personal property rights, population relocation, and expropriation/compensation matters. The meet, held on February 20th, was attended by our own Levan Kalandadze from the Georgian Infrastructural Projects Initiative, among various other organizations and legal experts.

    The cofounder and lead of the Young Barristers, Archil Kaikaitsishvili, noted that society is generally ill-informed of the details on the Khudoni HPP project and its legal side in particular, which is often overlooked in public disputes. And since the project’s implementation will have significant legal repercussions, this conference carried an informative nature and welcomed a discussion by the end.

    Specific matters discussed included the exact calculation of the number of villagers facing relocation (769 individuals in total from 8 settlements), the various compensation options (which include either financial or property indemnities, or both). Special attention was devoted to showcasing the financial benefits of the project, exploring risks and challenges, and discussing culturally sensitive topics like the cemetery present in the village which is facing the bulk of the flooding.

    The legal analysis of the Khudoni HPP project is a lengthy research effort of the Young Barristers, and many more meetings are planned with municipality leaderships and local populations along with a conference in Mestia, all before a conclusive recommendation packet due in April.
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