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Georgia catches human rights activists mispresenting the facts2009-01-28 13:20
Georgia's parliament is planning to offer an "adequate response" to Freedom House international organization. In its "Freedom in the World" annual report it deprived Georgia of "beacon of democracy" image. And that had been George Bush's characteristic of the country.
In their letter to Freedom House the Georgian deputies want to prove invalidity of the conclusions it has made. According to GHN information agency of Georgia the chairman of the parliamentary committee for restoration of territorial integrity Shota Malashkhia, the text will be prepared by this committee and the human rights and external relations committee.
What makes the parliamentarians so uneasy? What injustice did the analysts of the world-known organization commit while aiming at the development of democratic values?
The report widely disseminated by the mass media in mid January states that Georgia is not a free country any more. It is referred to "partly free" category where civil rights and freedoms are not fully protected. Georgia's rating as it is said in the report is lowered "due in part to growing authoritarian tendencies in the governing style". And more:
"Georgia was the site of the first in the recent spate of color revolutions and represented one of the few bright spots in the former Soviet Union; its erratic course, including a state of emergency in 2007 and war with Russia in August, ranks among the more disturbing developments of the past two years".
Against the background of the political crisis in the country and Tbilisi's loud accusations of aggression and persecution of minorities against Moscow the Freedom House report is an unpleasant and alarming signal per se. And apart from that this organization albeit a NGO is ideologically close to the now ruling Democratic Party of the USA. And it was the recently replaced Republicans who gave rise and supported the regimes of "color revolutions" in the post-Soviet space.
So there are enough grounds for parliamentarians to give a justificatory reply.
According to Malashkhia above Freedom House corrupted multiple facts. "The report mentions 200 thousand refugees in Georgia while their real number is 300 thousand", - he says as an example.
Tbilisi was especially indignant that the organization had equaled Georgia to Abkhazia voluntarily or not meaning that both countries had acquired one status: "partial democracy".
Malashkhia is resentful: the report states that Abkhazia joined Georgia in 1930 while the Georgian Constitution of 1921 refers to Abkhazia as its constituent, Sukhum region to be precise. Another parliamentarian, Giya Arsenishvili, believes that all the report "has been wrongly drawn up".
"Abkhazia, - he is quoted by GHN, - is considered a half-democratic country. Now that the Georgian schools are closed - at first it was ethnic cleansing and now this process continues on an intellectual level".
In general according to Speaker David Bakradze the Georgian deputies are striving for justice: all factual part of the report referring to their country must be corrected.
By the way yesterday Georgia's Foreign Ministry objected to some conclusions made by Human Rights Watch. It accused all three parties to the August conflict - Georgia, Russia and South Ossetia - "of neglect of international law norms".
Tbilisi disagrees with the rights defenders acknowledging the use of "disproportionate" use of force by Georgian servicemen in Tskhinval.