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Freedom House applauds Georgia’s recent parliamentary election which international observers have characterized as competitive and respectful of fundamental freedoms. The free expression of the people’s will through the ballot box is a significant step in the right direction towards the consolidation of Georgia’s democratic system.

Freedom House urges Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to make human rights and democracy shortfalls in the Caucasus region the cornerstone topic in private meetings and in public statements during her upcoming visit to Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia.

Christopher Walker, Vice President for Strategy and Analysis, testified on May 23 before the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe on elections and democratic development in the Caucasus.




Freedom House applauds international efforts to combat discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity exemplified by global events on May 17 marking the International Day to End Homophobia (IDAHO).  The coordination of events in more than 100 countries worldwide, including countries with poor human rights records like Burma, Algeria, Iran and the United Arab Emirates, is a positive step forward in the struggle for equal rights for LGBTI. Despite these positive events, a number of troubling attacks on the day’s supporters illustrates the continuing need for vigilance in acknowledging rights abuses and ending discrimination.



Director, Europe and Eurasia programs

Marc Behrendt is the Director for Europe and Eurasia programs at Freedom House, with over 20 years of experience working in the Eurasia region in peacebuilding, governance and human rights.


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