Ethnic Minority Rights in Georgia 2013–15: A Period of Stagnation

In: European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online
Giorgi BobghiashviliECMI, ECMI Caucasus, Tbilisi

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Graham Donnelly University of Glasgow, Department of Central and East European Studies

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Georgia is the most ethnically diverse state in the South Caucasus. Since independence, it has been blighted by violent secessionism and Russian invasion, the roots of which are invariably described as having stemmed from this diversity; the lack of integration of its ethnic minorities; and the recurrent failures of Georgian governments to adequately balance the nationalizing tendencies of constructing a newly independent state on the one hand and the needs and desires of its multinational citizenry on the other. In the first part of this report, we look at the roots of the present minority situation in Georgia, noting the main minority groups and the issues concerning them, before moving on in the second part to consider the issue of minority governance. We also provide a review of the most significant developments in 2014–2015 before commenting on the prospects for the coming year.

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