Giga Bokeria

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Giga Bokeria

Giorgi (Giga) Bokeria (born 20 April 1972 in Tbilisi) is a Georgian politician and the Secretary of the National Security Council of Georgia from November 2010 to November 2013. He is one of the leaders of the United National Movement.

During 1989–1995 Bokeria was one of the leaders of student movement, in particular active member of Press Club of Tbilisi State University. Since 1992 he has been working as a journalist, in the newspaper 7 Dge (7 Days), as a political editor of newspaper Mimomkhilveli (Observer) - 1992–1993, journalist of Pikis Saati (Rush Hour) program of Channel 1 of State Radio -1993, journalist of Radio Liberty - 1994, political editor of newspaper Argumenti (Argument) - 1995–1996, Akcentebi (Accents) talk show host of Rustavi 2 broadcasting company - 1996.[citation needed]

In 1996, together with Levan Ramishvili, Givi Targamadze and David Zurabishvili, Bokeria co-founded Liberty Institute, a Georgian non-profit, non-partisan, liberal public policy advocacy foundation, taking the job of coordinating human rights programs and later the position of senior legal advisor.

In 2003, after a visit to Serbia to study peaceful revolution techniques, Bokeria helped bring Serb activists from the youth movement Otpor! to Georgia to train students in the same techniques. As a result, the youth movement "Kmara" was established, which played a leading role in the November 2003 Rose Revolution. After the Revolution, Bokeria was elected to Parliament where he has authored a number laws to strengthen human rights in Georgia.[citation needed]

He has been a Member of Parliament since 2004. He is the Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Legal Issues and is a Member of Committee on Defense and Security. Since 2005 he is Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and vice-chairman of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe group in the assembly. In April 2008, he was moved to the post of deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia,[1] and in November 2010 to Secretary of the National Security Council.[2] He resigned on 15 November 2013 after Georgia elected its new president, Giorgi Margvelashvili.[3] He was succeeded by the Georgian Dream lawmaker Irina Imerlishvili.

Bokeria is married to Tamara Chergoleishvili, editor-in-chief of the Tbilisi-based magazine Tabula (ტაბულა).[4] Bokeria's mother is the chess grandmaster Nana Alexandria.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ MP Bokeria Becomes Deputy Foreign Minister. Civil Georgia. 2008-04-07
  2. ^ Reshuffle in Government, NSC. Civil Georgia. 2010-10-20
  3. ^ Georgian National Security Council Secretary resigns. Trend News Agency. 15 November 2013.
  4. ^ Tabula Magazine and TI Georgia's Ad Market Report. Civil Georgia. 2011-12-18
  5. ^ Recommendations and assessments from European Parliament. Georgian News TV. 24 November 2011.

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