Community for Democracy and Rights of Nations

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The Community for Democracy and Rights of Nations (Russian: Сообщество за демократию и права народов), also commonly known as Commonwealth of Unrecognized States,[1] rarely as CIS-2 (Содружество непризнанных государств, СНГ-2), is an international organisation uniting several states in the former Soviet Union, all of which have limited recognition from the international community.

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The agreement about creating the commonwealth was reached in 2001 at the foreign ministers meeting held in Stepanakert,[2] the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh.

The Community for Democracy and Human Rights was established 14 June 2006 in Sukhumi, Georgia (Administered and claimed by the mostly unrecognised Abkhazia, which claims independence from Georgia) by the leaders of the partially recognized governments of:

On 17 June 2007, the four-state Community for Democracy and Peoples' Rights signed in Tiraspol – the capital of Transnistria – the joint Declaration on principles of peaceful and fair settlement of the Georgian-Abkhazian, Georgian-Ossetian, Azeri-Karabakh and Moldovan-Transnistrian conflicts. It calls for barring all types of pressure, such as military deployments, diplomatic isolation, economic blockades, or information wars, during negotiations toward resolution of conflicts. It also calls for external guarantees to eventual political settlements of these conflicts.

On 27 September 2009 the members of the Community for Democracy and Peoples' Rights agreed to abolish the visa regimes for their citizens. The agreement will come into effect one month after its ratification by all three parliaments. It will last for five years, after which it will automatically be extended for another five-year term.[3] This agreement excludes Nagorno-Karabakh, who reserved the right to join this agreement at a later date.

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