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Just three months before Azerbaijan’s presidential election, the major candidates have unleashed a war on their critics, in one instance calling them “traitors, betrayers and slave-minded people” and “provocateurs” who should be “hit in the mouth”, the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) says.
Russian civil society is today under unprecedented pressure from the side of Russian state agencies. The European Union must set a clear signal of solidarity with Russia’s emerging civil society, says a policy paper released by EU-Russia Civil Society Forum.
ARTICLE 19 calls on the Upper Chamber of the Russian Federal Assembly (the Federation Council) and the President of the Russian Federation to reject the Bill passed by the State Duma which seeks to amend several federal laws, including the Code of Administrative Offenses, in order to introduce a ban on so-called ‘propaganda of non-tradit
As a member of the Council of Europe, Republic of Azerbaijan has committed to respect basic freedoms, human rights and democracy. In spite of this commitment, human rights violations continue to be numerous and widespread and occur on a systematic basis.
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.
The internet’s rapid spread has opened up a wide range of debates, nationally and internationally, around freedom of expression online.
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.
The Steering Committee of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum (CSF) is disappointed about the insignificant progress made at the last EU-Russia Summit in Yekaterinburg on 3-4 June
NGOs call for extension of mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Belarus
Statement by Yuri Dzhibladze at the 23rd session of the UN Human Rights Council during interactive dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Belarus.
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.<
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