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Georgia replaces democracy with racism2011-08-19 21:15
Georgia is applying best efforts to demonstrate democracy to the global community. On Tuesday a delegation from the republic comprising NGO members presented a report to the UN Committee on Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination under the respective convention. It turns out, however, that Sakartvelo is still facing problems of ethnic minorities and women's rights are impaired - all that challenging legitimacy of the current regime.
Members of the Committee also examined reports from Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Albania, Great Britain, Malta, Paraguay, Kenya and the Maldives. This issue is as vital as ever for the global community. In March the Union of Russian Youths in Georgia held a round table discussion on counteraction to racial and nationalistic oppression. At the time of debates the participants arrived at a collective opinion that if all members of society observe equal rights in all spheres of their daily life, discrimination will be conquered. Yet, Georgia is having serious difficulties here.
The National Unity, a Georgian party whose name speaks for itself, is a source of violations of rights of ethnic minorities in Samtskhe Javakhetia and Kvemo Kartli. The organization cuts down Armenian and Azerbaijani language studies thus boosting unemployment that is 35% in Georgia now. The Kurdish community is facing a tough economic and political situation failing to complete the stage of cultural and educational evolution because of a quick change of regime. The Kurds were denied a possibility to take part in privatization and division of public property. Presently, a multi-thousand community of Kurds in Georgia has no Kurdish language teacher or a theologist of Yezidi Religion, or a professional expert of national dances and songs.
As for the status of women in the republic, it is hardly enviable despite the fact that in the past Georgian women did not have legal rights and disputes and claims between women were not considered in courts. Well, if this achievement can be referred to as elimination of all forms of racial discrimination then the UN Committee must reward the Georgian government with more than one medal.
International rights defending groups and Georgia's NGOs ceaselessly reiterate their concern over isolation and discrimination of national minorities, as well as xenophobia instigated by Georgian mass media supported by the current government. The leaders of the republics, naturally, deny existence of this problem. Armenians and Azerbaijanis that live near borders with their native countries are interpreted as separatists due to influence they are allegedly subject to from neighboring republics.
As a result, legislatively undefined national minorities and the policy of "tolerance" pursued by the ruling regime resulted in the August war of 2008 followed by recognition of South Ossetia's and Abkhazia's sovereignty and liberation from Georgia's tight protectorate. These republics won their right to self-determination demonstrating that sometimes "territorial integrity" is a myth invented by the country leaders to preserve power.