The Civic Solidarity Platform and the International Partnership Group for Azerbaijan (IPGA) condemn the harsh response by the Azerbaijani authorities to recent protests in the country, and call on the Council of Europe to ensure Azerbaijan respects its human rights obligations as a member state.
Civic Solidarity Platform members regret that during her recent visit to Central Asia the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs did not publicly engage on human rights issues in a more substantive manner.
On 5 December 2012 the Civic Solidarity Platform, a network of more than 50 human rights NGOs from throughout the OSCE region , has organized 2012 OSCE Parallel Civil Society Conference on the margins of the Dublin Ministerial Council meeting.
DUBLIN DECLARATIONSECURITY OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS: TIME FOR OSCE TO ACTAdopted by the participants of the Parallel Civil Society ConferenceDublin, 5 December 2012The Parallel Civil Society Conference, considering that the 1998 Declaration on Human Rights Defenders , proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly, states (Article 1) that “e
We, the undersigned members of the Civic Solidarity Platform wish to urgently draw the attention of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly to new legislation adopted on 2 November by the Parliament of the Republic of Azerbaijan, which increases fines to a disproportionate level and introduces criminal sentences for breaching regulations for organising and attending rallies.
We, the undersigned members of the Civic Solidarity Platform are alarmed to learn that, on 20 October 2012, police detained around 100 activists in Azerbaijan, to hinder a protest planned by youth movements and political parties. Protesters were also detained in the regions to prevent them from travelling to the protest in Baku.
Civic Solidarity Platform calls on the Russian appellate court, upon the filing of an appeal, to uphold Russia’s international obligations with regard to respect for freedom of expression and quash the criminal convictions against Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich of the music band Pussy Riot.
A group of civil society organizations appealed to the President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon with their serious concerns by the deepening crisis in the city of Khorog, where for the third straight day the situation remains unstable. Early on the morning of July 24, law enforcement and security agencies launched a special operation to identify a