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OC Media

OC Media brings you the latest news, com­men­tary, mul­ti­me­dia, and inves­ti­ga­tions from north and south of the Caucasus, with in-depth analysis of the issues, movements, conflicts and people shaping the region.

Latest posts by OC Media

In post-war Armenia, legislators take aim at press freedom

Since the war, press work has been thrown into disarray by new and often vague regulations. Now, new draft bills could make reporting in Armenia even more difficult.

After grisly murder, women hold protest in Baku

The demonstration was given impetus by the brutal murder of a 32-year-old woman.

Georgians in Abkhazia and South Ossetia unable to vote

Ethnic Georgians living in Abkhazia and South Ossetia won’t be able to vote in Georgia's October 31 parliamentary elections. Georgia's government has no plan to protect these citizens’ right to...

Equal and more equal: Separatist Abkhazia's passport policy

"I love my country very much, but seeing this injustice, I just want to leave."

‘We’re caught in mid-air’: Raising a child with autism in Georgia

From individual therapy to special education teachers in schools, parents of children with autism in Georgia face a constant battle with the authorities to provide the services their children need.

A tale of two parents: Georgian drag artist on hostility, acceptance and learning to love life

"There is nothing modern about the idea you should love your child."

‘I keep silent and put up with it’: Surviving domestic violence in Armenia

"He would throw me against the walls like a ball."

In the Caucasus, queer people are forced to flee their homes

"There is a point after which you just can’t take it anymore."

Queer women in Russia’s North Caucasus ‘face sexual violence, forced marriage, and murder’

Out of the 21 women interviewed by QWNC, eight knew someone among their friends, relatives, or neighbours killed by their male family members for behaviour that "humiliated the family."

Sexual violence in the family. A taboo topic in Armenia

Cultural taboos and victim-shaming means women subjected to sexual violence at home often do not come forward.

To change the system from within or without: the dilemma for feminists in ‘New Armenia’

Most feminists concede that the new government is not quite educated on what women’s movements are about. But many have been forgiving, at least for now.

In the Ruins of Eastern Abkhazia's ‘Ghost Towns’, Life Goes On

"I don’t know what will happen, but we will plant zucchini."

Transgender Woman Speaks on Chechnya's Persecutions and Life Pre-Kadyrov

"The man ran away. The women called an ambulance. I learned at the hospital that I had two stab wounds in my right lung."

Activists Say Azerbaijan’s Media Is Spreading Fear and Hate of Queer People

"Sometimes journalists forget their power, and mislead people with their unprofessional manners."

Urbanisation in Chechnya: Why Do People Leave Their Ancestral Villages?

Chechnya's farms have fallen fallow as villagers enthusiastically swap the hard work and abundance of the countryside for occasional labour and handouts in the city.

‘Why Can’t I Kiss My Girlfriend in Public?’ The Story of an Armenian Queer Woman

A queer woman reveals her life story and shares her stubborn struggle for lesbian emancipation in a homophobic patriarchal society.

Georgia's Biggest Killer? Its Roads.

On 22 March, in Tbilisi, a mother and a daughter standing on the side of the road were hit by a car. The 11-year-old girl died on the spot.

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