To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the state of (a) media freedom, (b) human rights, (c) democracy and (d) the rule of law in Georgia; and if he will make a statement.
Georgia is making some progress towards necessary reforms in these areas. Public trust in the media is low and there are concerns about a lack of transparency surrounding ownership of the media. Georgia has taken steps to improve human rights and detention conditions, but can still do more to investigate the alleged harassment of opposition activists and take action against security forces responsible for such harassment. Georgia has improved its electoral code, with support from the Venice Commission but May's local elections will be an important test for the new arrangements. We, with our partners, will continue to monitor the human rights situation closely, raise areas of concern, and support Georgia's efforts to meet international human rights standards.