Two journalists were attacked while covering a street rally in Kiev, and nine more Ukrainian reporters were in danger of losing government accreditation following a protest to support their colleagues.
Sing for Democracy song competition launched in early February has been successfully completed. Eight songs of a critical nature dedicated to the topics of democracy, human rights, rule of law and social problems were submitted for the contest.
The Human Rights Centre Viasna urges the Belarusian authorities to stop the practice of intimidation and pressurization of civic activists and immediately decriminalize the activity of unregistered organizations.
On 1 April 2013 the new office of the Human Rights Centre Viasna opened its doors in Minsk.
The human rights defenders presented new analytical editions, shared their plans for the future and defined the priorities for their current activities.
The spokespersons of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, and Štefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy, issued a joint statement on recent events in Azerbaijan on 9 February 2013:
“More than 20 years after the end of the Cold War, the work of creating a Europe that is whole, free, and at peace remains unfinished. I just met with a group of the Civil Society Solidarity Platform leaders from a number of member states.