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Crossing the Line – Georgia’s Violent Dispersal of Protestors and Raid on Imedi Television

This 102-page report is the most comprehensive account to date of the Georgian government’s attacks on protestors and the raid on Imedi. Witnesses described in detail how police and other law enforcement agents violently dispersed protestors in four separate incidents on November 7.

The report also documents the heavily armed raid on and closure of Imedi television, which is partly owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. Hundreds of police intimidated and threatened Imedi staff before ejecting them from the studios and then destroying and damaging the station’s equipment.

See documents: http://www.hrw.org/reports/2007/12/19/crossing-line

2007: Trafficking in Persons Report

Georgia is a source and transit country for women and girls trafficked primarily to Turkey and the U.A.E. for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation. Women and girls from Ukraine, Moldova, Russia, and other former Soviet states are trafficked through Georgia to Turkey, Greece, the U.A.E., and Western Europe. Men are trafficked for the purpose of forced labor; victims are trafficked for the purpose of forced labor in the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

The Government of Georgia fully complies with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking. Over the past year, the government made considerable progress in the prosecution and punishment of traffickers, protection and assistance for victims, and prevention of trafficking. Georgia developed and implemented a victim-centered national referral mechanism, provided a building for the country’s first trafficking victims’ shelter, dedicated on-going funding for victim assistance, passed comprehensive trafficking legislation, aggressively prosecuted and toughened penalties for traffickers, and initiated multiple proactive prevention programs. The government should ensure proactive identification of all potential and returning trafficking victims and ensure consistent implementation of its national referral mechanism.

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2007: Failed States Index – Georgia Review

The strength of the Failed States Index is its ability to distill millions of pieces of information into a form that is relevant as well as easily digestible and informative. Daily, the Fund for Peace collects thousands of reports and information from around the world, detailing the existing social, economic and political pressures faced by each of the 177 countries that we analyze.

The Fund for Peace’s software performs content analysis on this collected information. Through sophisticated search parameters and algorithms, the CAST software separates the relevant data from the irrelevant. Guided by 12 primary social, economic and political indicators (each split into an average of 14 sub-indicators), the CAST software analyzes the collected information using specialized search terms that flag relevant items. This analysis is then converted using an algorithm into a score representing the significance of each of the various pressures for a given country.

Georgian Score: 58 from 177 country, in 2006 – 60 (Then lower in the list, the better)

 Score Rank Different
Mounting Demograpic Pressures 6.30 103 0.30
Massive Movement of Refugees or Internally-Displaced Persons 6.80 41 0.00
Vengeance-Seeking Group Grievance 7.60 36 0.20
Chronic and Sustained Human Flight 5.70 97 -0.40
Uneven Economic Development 7.00 103 0.00
Poverty and Sharp or Severe Economic Decline 5.70 93 0.20
Legitimacy of the State 7.90 55 0.20
Progressive Deterioration of Public Services 6.10 92 -0.20
Violation of Human Rights and Rule of Law 5.40 111 -0.20
Security Apparatus 7.80 34 -0.30
Rise of Factionalized Elites 7.80 49 0.70
Intervention of External Actors 8.20 21 -0.40
Total 82.30 58 0.10

Each Indicator is rated on a 1 to 10 scale with 1 (low) being the most stable and 10 (high) being the most at-risk of collapse and violence. Think of it as trying to bring down a fever, with high being dangerous and low being acceptable.

Source: http://www.fundforpeace.org/global/?q=fsi-grid2007