The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatović, expressed concern today over the new initiative in the Russian State Duma to criminalize speech which sheds a negative light on the role of the Soviet Army in World War II.
21 member organisations of the Civic Solidarity Platform signed a joint letter to Herman Van Rompuy and José Manuel Barroso with a request to raise human rights issues during their meeting with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in Brussels.
President Aliyev’s signing the draconian amendments to the Criminal Code that make defamation over the Internet a criminal offense represent a major blow to freedom of expression in the already tightly controlled environment.
On the eve of Ukraine’s Journalist Day, 6 June, 40 human rights organizations have issued a statement expressing concern over the escalating assault on freedom of expression and reduction of other fundamental freedoms in Ukraine.
ARTICLE 19 calls on the State Duma of the Russian Federation to reject the Draft Law Amending the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation and Some Legal Acts of the Russian Federation Aimed at Countering Insult of Religious Beliefs and Feelings of Citizens, Desecration of Religious Objects and Subjects of Worship (Pilgrimage) and Sites of Religi
Imprisonment in many penal facilities of Belarus is a form of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. This is one of the main conclusions of monitoring of prison conditions in the country conducted by the Human Rights Centre Viasna.