December 29, 2012

Many faces of Turkey – movie and debate

Norwegian PEN continues to monitor developments in Turkey. On 22 January Norwegian PEN shows the documentary film of Swedish filmmaker Deniz Hell “Many faces of Turkey.”

December 29, 2012

Writing the truth: Britain’s secret history of torture

In the wake of Ian Cobain’s recent book Cruel Britannia exposing Britain’s role in the development and use of torture, English PEN brings writers and campaigners together to ask how and to what extent they challenge the official line that the UK does not ‘participate in, solicit, encourage or condone’ torture.

December 29, 2012

Is freedom of expression under threat in the digital age?

Index on Censorship is partnering with the Editors Guild of India and the India International Centre for a debate on the subject, ‘Is freedom of expression under threat in the digital age?’

December 28, 2012

Interview with Ucha Nanuashvili, Public Defender of Georgia

Parliament of Georgia elected new ombudsman Ucha Nanuashvili on December 7th by 82 votes against 18. Ucha Nanuashvili has been heading a local NGO Human Rights Center for years. Recently he has been chosen as a chairman of board of the Human Rights House Tbilisi. HRHT interviewed Ucha Nanuashvili.

December 27, 2012

Internal displacement as a stigma in Georgia

Journalist Anuna Bukia, an IDP from Sokhumi, Abkhazia, thinks it is difficult to be an IDP in Georgia not only because of social-economic factors but because of negative approach of the Georgian society towards internally displaced people.

December 27, 2012

Expulsion of foreigner may violate their right to court

The Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights and the Association for Legal Intervention called on Brig. Gen. Dominik Tracz, Chief Commissioner of the Border Guards, to change a practice of his agency that infringes the right to court exercisable by foreigners applying for the refugee status in Poland.

December 27, 2012

Winners of 12th WATCH DOCS Festival announced

“Anton’s Right Here”, the film début of the famous Russian film critic Lyubov Arkus has received the first prize of the 12th International Film Festival WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in Film. Apart from the prize for the Arkus’ documentary, the jury has awarded a special commendation to Ilan Metev’s “Sofia’s Last Ambulance”. The audience award went to ”Call Me Kuchu”.

December 24, 2012

UK: Social media guidelines for prosecutors welcomed

The director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, issued on 19 December the interim guidelines on how prosecutors should deal with comments made using social media. The guidelines are welcomed by free speech organizations but practical application remains to be seen.

December 21, 2012

Human rights defenders released the research on mass arrests after the elections on 19 December 2010

Two years have passed since the presidential elections on 19 December 2010 in Belarus, which were remarkable for mass arrests and detentions of politicians and activists, some of whom are still imprisoned. On this occasion, human rights defenders presented their research, which indicated some details of those trials.