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Human rights trends - 2005

Protest against the Russian NGO bill

The Human Rights House Foundation and Norwegian P.E.N. as well as  the Norwegian Helsinki Committee have requested minister of foreign affairs to protest against the bill to tighten control on Russia’s civil society. The law would dramatically restrain Russia’s civil society. They fear the law is aimed at human rights NGOs that are criticizing the government policy in the Chechen Republic.The international support is very important for the civil society, the director of Russian Research Center, Liubov Vinogradova says. 10 Dec 2005 »

Image: Belarus tightens up protest laws

Belarus tightens up protest laws

Human rights activists in Republic of Belarus are against the introduction of political articles in the criminal legislation.  On December 8 the Upper House of Belarusian parliament  unanimously approved  a new law which raises a particular concern, since it provides for criminal liability for submitting to international organizations “false information” on the situation in the country. President Lukashenko (right) has not signed the legislation yet.      09 Dec 2005 »

Image: -Azerbaijan is not any closer to democracy than it was 10 years ago

-Azerbaijan is not any closer to democracy than it was 10 years ago

-Why is Republic of Azerbaijan still invited to meetings of the Council of Europe and the UN, while Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe is being banned from international podia? This was one of the central questions at a seminar at the Human Rights House in Oslo with Natig Alaskarov, Azerbaijani opposition member in exile (right), and Tural Sardar, son of son of opposition leader Sardar Jalaoglu (left). 07 Dec 2005 »

Image: Calls for Ukraine to uphold free expression standards during election

Calls for Ukraine to uphold free expression standards during election

In the run-up to Ukraine ’s parliamentary elections in March 2006, ARTICLE 19 has issued a statement, emphasising the importance of impariality during elections and calling for problematic clauses of the new Law on Election of People’s Deputies to be withdrawn. Amidst concern that aspects of the law are not in line with international standards of freedom of expression for elections, the organisation also recommended guidelines to be drawn up on election reporting for the broadcast media. (3-DEC-05) 03 Dec 2005 »

Image: First hearing in Zvornik Group trial in Belgrade

First hearing in Zvornik Group trial in Belgrade

On 28 November 2005, the trial of the so-called “Zvornik Group” commenced before the War Crimes Chamber in Belgrade. Branko Grujic, Branko Popovic, Dragan Slavkovic, Ivan Korac, Sinisa Filipovic, Dragutin Dragicevic, and Dusko Vuckovic, who died in prison last week, were accused of murdering at least 22 and forcefully deporting 1822 Bosnian Muslim civilians from the Zvornik municipality. 02 Dec 2005 »

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