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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Human Rights in Georgia

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 3:00pm
121 Cannon House Office Building


Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a briefing on the human rights situation in Georgia.

Relative to many countries in the post-Soviet space, Georgia has made significant progress in battling corruption and ensuring the efficient provision of public services to citizens. However, in the run-up to parliamentary elections in October 2012 and the presidential elections in 2013, there are growing concerns about freedom of expression, labor rights, the independence of the judiciary, the government’s misuse of administrative resources to build political support and violence against opposition parties.

The panelists will provide an overview of the human rights situation and the state of democracy in Georgia and assess the potential effects of the upcoming elections on human rights in the country.

If you have any questions, please contact the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission at 202-225-3599 or


  • Dr. Cory Welt, Associate Director, Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, and Adjunct Fellow, Center for American Progress
    Written statement
  • Ms. Celeste Drake, Trade Policy Specialist, AFL-CIO
    Written statement
  • Ms. Anna Dolidze, Visiting Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario
    Written statement
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