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2005: Voting Practices at the United Nations – Georgia Review

The Voting Practices at the United Nations report assesses the voting practices of the governments of UN member states in the General Assembly and Security Council for 2005.

Voting Coincidence Percentages
Overall Votes (90): Agree 31, Disagree 40, Abstain 17, Absent 2: 43.7%
—Including All 183 Consensus Resolutions: 84.0%
—Arms Control: 58.6%; Human Rights: 54.5%; Middle East: 15.4%
Important Votes (11): Agree 4, Disagree 1, Abstain 5, Absent 1: 80.0%
—Including the 10 Important Consensus Resolutions: 93.2%
Important Issues VOTES
1. U.S. Embargo of Cuba……………………………………………………………(N) Y
2. Human Rights in Sudan………………………………………………………….(N) N
3. Committee on the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People…….(N) A
4. Division for Palestinian Rights of the Secretariat……………………….(N) A
5. Compliance with Non-Proliferation Agreements ……………………….(Y) Y
6. Follow-up to Nuclear Disarmament Obligations………………………..(N) N
7. Work of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices……(N) A
8. Strengthening the Role of the United Nations in Elections…………..(Y) Y
9. Human Rights in Iran……………………………………………………………(Y) X
10. International Trade and Development……………………………………(N) A
11. Unilateral Economic Measures………………………………………………(N) A
Votes: Y=Yes, N=No, A=Abstain, X=Absent, ( )=U.S. Vote

Source: http://www.state.gov/p/io/rls/rpt/c17894.htm

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2005: Trafficking in Persons Report

Georgia is a source and transit country for women and men trafficked for the purposes of sexual exploitation and forced labor. Victims are trafficked through Georgia from Ukraine, Russia, and other former Soviet republics to destinations such as Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Greece, Western Europe, and the United States. Evidence suggests there is some internal trafficking within Georgia, though only one case has been confirmed in the last two years.

The Government of Georgia does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so. The government took steps to implement several of its commitments, yet some important pledges remain unfulfilled. The government established and adequately supported a new police anti-trafficking unit, replacing the previous administration�s dysfunctional anti-trafficking unit under the Ministry of Interior. In addition, the government revised and publicly endorsed a comprehensive National Action Plan, appointed a primary point of contact for trafficking, and established an interagency commission. The government identified few victims for protection and assistance. The government should take proactive steps to fully implement its action plan, implement and formalize a victim referral mechanism with NGO assistance, ensure increased victim identification, and continue special law enforcement training programs. In addition, the government should ensure that up-to-date, comprehensive law enforcement statistics are collected and disseminated, perhaps via the interagency commission on trafficking.

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2005: Media Sustainability Index – Georgia Review

Country average score: 2.23
Free Speech: 2.31, Professional Journalism: 2.12,
Plurality Of News Sources:2.23, Business Management: 1.94
Supporting Institutions: 2.55
MSI: Near Unsustainable

  • Newspaper circulation statistics (total circulation and largest paper):
    Kviris Palitra (weekly, Tbilisi); circulation 75,000 (information provided by the newspaper; Alia (three times a week, Tbilisi); circulation 12,000 (information provided by the newspaper); GORBI Circulation Data, May 2005; Akhali Versia (three times a week, Tbilisi); circulation 6,000 ; Rezonansi (daily, Tbilisi); circulation 6, ; P.S. (weekly, Kutaisi); circulation 5,000 ; Guria News (twice a week, Chokhatauri); circulation 4,500 ; 24 Saati (daily, Tbilisi); circulation 4,500
  • Broadcast ratings (top three ranked stations):
    AGB Nielsen Media Research Georgia, September; Tbilisi: Rustavi 2 4.79%, Imedi 2.92%, Public Service Broadcaster, Channel 1 0.96% ; Regions: Imedi 4.82%, Rustavi 2 3.71%, Public Service Broadcaster, Channel 1 1.16% ; Tbilisi and Regions: Rustavi 2 4.41%, Imedi 3.58%, Public Service Broadcaster, Channel 1 1.03%
  • Number of print outlets, radio stations, television stations: NA
  • Annual advertising revenue in media sector:
    Television advertising market is expected to reach $9 million in 2005. AGB Nielsen Media Research Georgia, July 2005 est.
  • Number of Internet users:
    150,500 (2003) CIA World Factbook   News agencies: AP Bureau, Reuters Bureau, Black Sea Press, Novosti Gruzia, Sarke, GT News (Media Holding Georgian Times), I-Media, Interpressnews, Infozavri, Iprinda, Kavkazpress, Media News, Prime News, GHN (Georgian Hot News) http://www.yellowpages.ge

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