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European Union pinches Saakashvili06.06.2011 | 12:11
The report on implementation of the action plan as part of the EU's policy by the government of Georgia was presented yesterday in Tbilisi. Phillip Dimitrov, head of the EU embassy to Georgia, voiced its main provisions. According to him, the country's authorities have made significant progress toward compliance with EU standards, but serious defects remain, particularly in operation of the penitentiary system and mass media. Recent bloody events in Rustaveli avenue were entirely neglected. GeorgiaTimes correspondent asked Kakha Dzagania, the ideological secretary of the Labor Party, to comment on the report.
Kakha Dzagania, the ideological secretary of the Labor Party, to comment on the report.
One of the key problems the EU embassy refers to the Georgian leaders is connected with the situation in the penitentiary system, as authors of the report remark focusing on inhuman and degrading detention conditions. Another alarming factor for the EU is the lack of transparency of media ownership and the difficulty of access to public information.
Acknowledging fairness of defects presented in the report, it is particularly curious that the authors preferred to omit recent tragic events in the center of the capital of Georgia. Kakha Dzagania, ideological secretary of the Labor Party, comments on this strange selectiveness. He thinks that the document presented by Phillip Dimitrov has little to do with the real situation in Georgia.
"The EU's discontent over gross violations of human rights in Georgian prisons is clearly expressed in the report. And this is right. Yet, the report neglects the essential. It is hard to say whether it is done because of support Brussels offers to Saakashvili or through the lack of information", - Kakha Dzagania wonders. - We know that human rights are violated everywhere, not only in prisons. Examples are here: on May 26 the police were killing people in a central street of Tbilisi in front of the building of parliament. It was classical demonstration of the "iron fist" of dictatorship. Yet, it was not the only thing Phillip Dimitrov ignored. He is totally indifferent to beatings of journalists that have grown into a sad tradition. He reminds of lack of transparency in mass media financing omitting the fact that the mass media are de facto controlled by the dominant party and personally Mikheil Saakashvili. Violations are everywhere in Georgia, and Phillip Dimitrov's report reveals only a small part, maybe, two or three percent of total. The report is completely irrelevant to the real situation in the country".
As the ideological secretary of the Labor Party thinks, blindness of Europeans is explained by Mikheil Saakashvili's declaratory aspiration to join the EU and NATO. Another reason is the fear to lose investments of Western companies into the country. "Europeans know no other way to preserve them except for appeasing despotic policies of the president", - Kakha Dzagania is sure. And it sounds true.
The EU's double standards vividly illustrate an inconsistent approach toward violation of human rights in various countries. After the crackdown of multi-thousand protest rallies by Alexander Lukashenko, he was denied to enter the territory of the EU. Yet, after the bloody dispersion in Tbilisi Europe only expressed regret and called for prompt investigation non-committedly.
"I was saddened to hear of violence on the streets of Tbilisi. Whilst there is a place for legal protest and demonstrations in any democracy, there can be no place for violence. I hope these actions will be abandoned. I call on the authorities of Georgia to carry out a comprehensive investigation into the events of the last 24 hours," David Lidington, the British minister for Europe said then. Europe offered no more comments on the issue. And it should have, Kakha Dzagania thinks.
"To say that the country is really making progress toward compliance with EU standards, is simply impossible. The country looks more like the Soviet Union at the time of Lavrenty Beria, or even year 1937. Similar persecutions and political murders. Similar mass propaganda, and monolith one-party structure of power-wielding agencies", - the Georgian politician remarks.