07TBILISI1476, FREEDOM HOUSE HIGHLIGHTS GEORGIAN PROGRESS ON

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07TBILISI1476 2007-06-19 12:58 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Tbilisi

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DE RUEHSI #1476 1701258
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TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 6722
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS TBILISI 001476 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPARTMENT FOR EUR/CARC AND DRL 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PGOV PHUM PREL KDEM GG
SUBJECT: FREEDOM HOUSE HIGHLIGHTS GEORGIAN PROGRESS ON 
DEMOCRATIC REFORMS 
 
 
1. The 2007 Nations in Transit report released this week by 
Freedom House highlighted significant progress by Georgia in 
consolidating democratic reforms.  Georgia received a 
"Democracy Score" of 4.68, an improvement from 4.86 in 2006 
(Note: Nations in Transit ratings are based on a 1 to 7 
scale, with 1 representing the highest level of democratic 
development and 7 the lowest. End Note). This score -- an 80 
percent increase in the gains from 2006 -- underlines 
advances by the GOG in multiple areas of democratic reform. 
 
2. Freedom House praised the ongoing effort toward 
eliminating electoral fraud as well as legislation adopted 
before local elections in October 2006 to create a more level 
playing field for all political parties.  The report also 
applauded the efforts of the government to protect media 
freedoms, particularly in the regions.  In addition, Freedom 
House lauded the steps taken by the GOG to foster the 
development of functional and independent local government 
institutions.  The most significant improvement highlighted 
by the report is in the area of anti-corruption, where the 
GOG's tough reforms for the public sector are having a 
sustained positive effect. 
 
3. The aggregate findings of the 2007 Nations in Transit 
report reflect the evolution of democratic institutions, as 
well as the rule of law firmly taking root in Georgia.  To 
advance the broad agenda of democratic reforms further, 
Freedom House calls on the GOG to strengthen national 
governance and increase the independence of the judiciary. 
TEFFT

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