Russia rejected most of the concrete and substantial recommendations done at the session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday, 20 September in Geneva as the result of the second circle of the Universal Periodic Review.
Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) has urged Azerbaijani authorities to end their crackdown on freedom of expression, following the arrest of Parviz Hashimli, an opposition journalist and rights activist in a raid by security forces.
Ahead of Sunday’s International Day of Democracy, Ambassador Janez Lenarčič, the Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), called on participating States to ensure the protection of human rights defenders.
On the 138th anniversary of the National Press, the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) stands united with Azerbaijani journalists, bloggers and social media activists who work around the clock to report the truth, despite threats of imprisonment, violence and even death.
Article 19, English PEN, Index on Censorship and Open Rights Group sent an open letter to Sarah Ludford MEP, a shadow rapportuer on the European Parliament’s data protection dossier, calling to support "the privacy rights of EU citizens".
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