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: 
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“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.
Human rights defenders from Belarus learned about the invitation the National Center of Legislation and Legal Research (NCLLR) sent to stakeholders to express opinions on the issue of the National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) from the non-official information that appeared on one of the news websites.
Sing for Democracy, a human rights campaign launched by several Azerbaijani civil society activists in advance of their country playing host to glitzy Eurovision Song Competition earlier this year, is embarking on something new.
On 19 October 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights ruled on the cases of Catan and v 27 Others v. Moldova and Russia (no. 43370/04), Elena Căldare and 42 Others v. Moldova and Russia (no. 8252/05), Eleonora Cercavschi and 98 Others v. Moldova and Russia (no. 18454/06).
Amnesty International has urged Ukrainian parliamentarians ahead of parliamentary elections on 28 October to commit publicly to addressing police abuse in the country. 
A group of formerly politically persecuted persons are on a hunger strike since 17 days now. They have made public their demands of an economic nature. The strikers have expressed several times their indignation about the deafness of competent state bodies that did not deign to meet and discuss with them about resolving their demands.
The Parliament of Ukraine adopted a new draft law, which would ban ‘propaganda of homosexuality’. On October 2, 2012, 289 MPs voted in favour of the draft law 8711.
Azerbaijani police illegally dispersed the Sing for Democracy human rights campaign’s September 1 protest in front of the Russian Embassy in Baku in support of the convicted members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot. The protesters were not allowed to read out their resolution or submit it to the embassy.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Wednesday she was concerned that a series of legislative amendments in the Russian Federation would have a seriously negative impact on human rights in the country. “In just two months, we have seen a worrying shift in the legislative environment governing the enjoyment of the freedoms of as
The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatović, expressed her disappointment today with the adoption in a first reading by the Russian State Duma of draft amendments reinstating libel provisions in the Criminal Code, and urged parliamentarians to reject the bill.
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