2010: Country Reports on Terrorism – Gerogia Review

US Department of State

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.

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Living in Limbo – Rights of Ethnic Georgians Returnees to the Gali District of Abkhazia

See document by link: www.hrw.org/reports/2011/07/15/living-limbo-0


Almost 18 years after a cease-fire ended the Georgian-Abkhaz war, the conflict over the breakaway region of Abkhazia remains as far from a political resolution as ever, leaving in limbo the lives of more than 200,000 people, mostly ethnic Georgians displaced by the conflict. The only area of Abkhazia where the de facto authorities in the breakaway region have allowed returns of displaced persons is the southernmost district of Gali, where ethnic Georgians constituted 96 percent of the pre- conflict population. About 47,000 displaced people have returned to their homes in Gali district. But the Abkhaz authorities have erected barriers to their enjoyment of a range of civil and political rights.

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2011: The Nations in Transit – Gerogia Review

Executive SummaryFreedom House

Georgia was one of the first Soviet republics to declare independence and introduce a multiparty system in 1990. However, the country’s rapid political emancipation coupled with slow institutionalization led to various serious problems. The first non-Communist president Zviad Gamsakhurdia’s loss of power triggered a civil war, and two secessionist conflicts in Abkhazia and South Ossetia broke out. Later, President Eduard Shevardnadze managed to restore a limited degree of stability, which soon ended in a fragile, corrupt, and inefficient system of governance.

In 2004, the new government launched profound reforms aimed at modernizing the state, the economy, and society. In some respects, these reforms tangibly increased the capabilities of the Georgian state, resulting in better public protection and services. In other areas, such as democratic participation and conflict resolution, the new administration has failed to adequately address the complexities of the issues. Marginalization of the political opposition triggered a political crisis in 2007 that continued throughout 2008 and 2009. Russia and Georgia fought a war in 2008 that ended in occupation and formal recognition of independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia by Russia.

2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Electoral Process 5.00 5.25 5.25 4.75 4.75 4.50 4.75 5.25 5.25 5.00
Civil Society 4.00 4.00 3.50 3.50 3.50 3.50 3.50 3.75 3.75 3.75
Independent Media 3.75 4.00 4.00 4.25 4.25 4.00 4.25 4.25 4.25 4.25
Governance* 5.00 5.50 5.75 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
National Democratic Governance n/a n/a n/a 5.50 5.50 5.50 5.75 6.00 6.00 5.75
Local Democratic Governance n/a n/a n/a 6.00 5.75 5.50 5.50 5.50 5.50 5.50
Judicial Framework and Independence 4.25 4.50 4.50 5.00 4.75 4.75 4.75 4.75 4.75 5.00
Corruption 5.50 5.75 6.00 5.75 5.50 5.00 5.00 5.00 5.00 4.75
Democracy Score 4.58 4.83 4.83 4.96 4.86 4.68 4.79 4.93 4.93 4.8

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