Georgia: Cooperation agreement with Belarus security services must not trample on human rights

A new cooperation agreement between the security services of Georgia and Belarus should not be used to crackdown on freedom of expression and the right to privacy.
The agreement on cooperation between the State Security Committee of Belarus and State Security Services of Georgia which came into force on 1 August provides for cooperation and exchange of information in areas of state security, terrorism, cyber terrorism, organized crime and illegal arms trafficking. The agreement allows parties to exchange personal information and data of any person deemed to pose a threat to state security. It also allows for the deployment of state security agents on each other’s territory for indefinite periods of time.

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