Category Archives: US Department of State
Annual report: International Religious Freedom
The constitution and other laws and policies protect religious freedom and, in practice, the government generally enforced these protections. There were reports of isolated incidents including concerns regarding the ability of members of minority religions in penitentiaries to worship and a lack of action by government entities in regards to licensing applications made by members of minority religions.
The government generally respected religious freedom in law and in practice. There was no change in the status of respect for religious freedom by the government during the reporting period. As in the previous reporting period, the implementation of new policies to further promote religious freedom slowed. Systemic problems remained largely unchanged, such as the return and maintenance of disputed church property claimed by religious minority groups and currently held by government entities, legal registration of religious denominations, and unequal legal frameworks. However, the Ministry of Corrections and Legal Assistance took steps during the reporting period to make access to penitentiary institutions equitable for representatives of all religious confessions and to provide for religious worship by inmates of all confessions.
Annual report: Country Reports on Terrorism
Overview: The Georgian government continued to improve border security and monitor terrorist finance. It also took steps to implement the requirements of several UNSCRs on counterterrorism and worked with the United States and several EU countries on counterterrorism issues. The Georgian government investigated and arrested several suspects involved in terrorism-related activities, including individuals involved in smuggling nuclear and radioactive substances. Its lack of control of Abkhazia and South Ossetia limited its ability to counter terrorism in these regions and to secure its border with Russia.
Georgia is primarily a source country and, to a lesser extent, a transit and destination country for women and girls subjected to sex trafficking, and for men and women subjected to conditions of forced labor. In 2010, women and girls from Georgia were subjected to sex trafficking within the country and also in Turkey and Egypt. In recent years, cases of forced prostitution of Georgian victims were also documented in the United Arab Emirates, Greece, Russia, Germany, and Austria. Men and women are subjected to conditions of forced labor within Georgia and also in Libya, Egypt, and Turkey. In recent years there were reports of Turkish men forced to labor in the separatist region of Abkhazia, which was outside of the central government’s control.
The Government of Georgia fully complies with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking. The government continued its training and awareness programs, ensuring that all police officers and border guards receive specialized anti-trafficking training. The government continued to fully fund two government shelters and conduct numerous prevention campaigns. However, the total number of prosecutions and convictions decreased significantly in 2010 and fewer victims were identified than in 2009.