The Sport for Rights coalition resolutely condemns the brutal murder of Azerbaijani journalist Rasim Aliyev, who died on 9 August in a Baku hospital, after he was severely beaten on 8 August by a group of people.
Geldy Kyarizov’s family suffered a violent attack on their lives on 5 August 2015 as they attempted to leave the country. A leading expert on the famous Akhal-Teke horse breed, Geldy Kyarizov, and his family have once again been denied their fundamental right to leave Turkmenistan, despite Geldy’s failing health, and no charges against them.
The Working Group on Investment of the Committee of International Control over the Human Rights Situation in Belarus and Freedom Files analytical Centre produced a new report under the title "Conservation of the Systemic Human Rights Crisis in Belarus: A Worthwhile Price for Lukashenko's 'Peacemaking'?"
On 22 April 2015, Intigam Aliyev, an internationally renowned human rights lawyer and head of the Legal Education Society (LES) was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison, having been found guilty of tax evasion, abuse of office and illegal entrepreneurship.
The EU leaders should prominently address human rights issues with Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev, who is in Brussels for meetings on 26-27 March, and insist that he use his powers to ensure compliance with the country’s international human rights obligations.