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Freedom House lists Abkhazia and South Ossetia as separate countries

Freedom House, Washington D.C. based democracy and human rights advocate has recently released its Freedom of Press in 2012 Findings. The report highlights key developments in global press freedom over the last year, including improvements in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and crackdowns in authoritarian states. The annual report includes findings in 197 countries and territories.

Media in Georgia, according to the report is partly free and out of all the countries it’s on 111st place, which makes it a leader in the region (Turkey is 117th, Armenia 149th, Azerbaijan and Russia 172nd).

Freedom House website gives separate findings and articles about each state. Interestingly, under the list of countries in Central and Eastern Europe/Eurasia Georgia’s breakaway regions Abkhazia and South Ossetia (Along with Nagorno-Karabakh and Transnistria) are listed as separate countries.

Abkhazia and South Ossetia are Georgia’s disputed regions that are recognized independent by Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Nauru, Tuvalu and Vanuatu, the rest of the world considers it as a part of Georgia. With more than 200,000 IDPs, the conflict is still unresolved and Georgia officially refers to these regions as “Occupied Territories”.

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NATO Resolution 382 on the situation in Georgia

Originally posted on NATO Parliamentary Assembly Website 

RESOLUTION 382 on THE SITUATION IN GEORGIA (November, 2010)

Presented by the Committee on the Civil Dimension of Security and adopted by the Plenary Assembly on Tuesday 16 November 2010, Warsaw, Poland
The Assembly, 

1.   Commending Georgian authorities on their efforts to further democratic reforms, and in particular, to fight corruption, build democratic institutions and engage opposition in decision‑making;

2.    Acknowledging the significant contribution of Georgia to the NATO mission in Afghanistan;

3.     Welcoming the conduct of competitive and democratic local elections on 30 May 2010, which, according to international observers, marked progress towards meeting OSCE and Council of Europe commitments, despite significant remaining shortcomings;

4.    Welcoming also the process of constitutional reform, but regretting that full use was not made of the advisory mechanism of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe;

5.     Deeply concerned by the humanitarian situation in Georgia  ’s occupied territories of Abkhazia andSouth Ossetia, as well as the ongoing denial of the right of return to Georgian populations displaced from the two regions; (more…)

Georgians protest Russian occupation in front of the UN headquarters

On August 7, 2010, 12:00 noon approximately 50 Georgians gathered in front of the UN headquarters in New York to protest two years of Russian occupation of Georgia. The protest was peaceful and lasted for an hour. Protesters held flags of Georgia and posters like “Russia get out of Georgia” or “Russia gives us back our homes”.

Among all the protesters were IDPs from Abkhazia who have not been in their homes for almost 20 years.

Photos by Mirian Jugheli

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