Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

“Nations in Transit 2009” – democratic developments and setbacks of 29 countries in the former Communist states of Europe and Eurasia

Posted by Info on 05/09/2009

Freedom House: Nations in Transit 2009 is  comparative study of democratic development from Central Europe to Eurasia. It examines 29 countries. The overarching conclusion is that 2008 was a very difficult year for democracy: scores declined for 18 of the 29 countries, and a record eight countries are now in the “consolidated authoritarian regimes” category. A number of events illustrate the intensification of these negative trends.

In 2008, for the first time in the 21st century, a war erupted between two states covered in Nations in Transit. The so-called “August War” between Georgia and Russia. Two petro-states, Azerbaijan (which recorded the largest democratic decline in this edition of Nations in Transit) and the Russian Federation, held uncompetitive presidential elections in which the result was predetermined. Armenia’s presidential poll was marred by lethal post-election violence. And the government in Georgia used administrative resources to seriously influence that country’s hotly contested presidential and parliamentary elections. Nations in Transit 2009 documents how journalists were once again at risk throughout the region, from Croatia to Uzbekistan.. and outright irresponsibility among political leaders, as in Ukraine.”

Georgia NIT 2009 (Russian version) and Russia NIT 2009 (Russian version)

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