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Georgian film director held as illegal immigrant threatens hunger strike


For over a month David Kuridze, a Georgian film director and screen writer has been held in the temporary holding facilities for foreign nationals in the village of Rozsudiv in the Chernihiv region.

For almost three years David Kuridze worked in Kyiv as a screen writer for the Dovzhenko Film Studio. He left the country every six months and returned, since as a Georgian national he cannot be in Ukraine longer than 6 months without registration.

He alleges that officials of the Department for Citizenship, Immigration and Registration of Individuals in the Shevchenkivsky District Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Kyiv unlawfully annulled the period of his stay in Ukraine and through deception brought him to the Rozsudiv Temporary Centre. He says that the ruling of the Shevchenkivsky District Court from 3 March for his forcible removal was only handed to him on 26 March while he was being forcibly placed in the temporary centre.

As opposed to previous years, money has not been set aside in this year’s budget for forcible expulsions. The programme of the International Organization for Migration this year also does not apply to citizens from countries of the Caucuses. Therefore the only solution is to appeal against the expulsion otherwise he could spend up to 6 months as allowed in the law in the Chernihiv temporary centre. David is threatening to go on hunger strike.

The Chernihiv Civic Committee for the Protection of Human Rights is lodging the appropriate appeals with the court and prosecutor’s office on David Kuridaze’s behalf.

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