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Letters of Concern by right to freedom of expression

Image: Life threats against a leading Georgian journalist

Life threats against a leading Georgian journalist

The South Caucasus Network of Human Rights Defenders, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (a joint programme of the World Organisation Against Torture - OMCT and the International Federation for Human Rights - FIDH), Human Rights House Foundation, Norwegian Helsinki Committee, Front Line and ARTICLE 19 condemn the pressure and intimidation exerted by Georgian authorities against leading investigative journalist Vakhtang Komakhidze, and denounce a continuous defamation campaign against Mr. Komakhidze. 22 Feb 2010 »

The Observatory: Urgent appeal

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in the Republic of Azerbaijan. 03 Feb 2010 »

Image: Journalist beaten up and illegally obstructed from carrying out professional activities

Journalist beaten up and illegally obstructed from carrying out professional activities

On January 22, 2010 journalist Saba Tsitsikashvili, regional correspondent of Human Rights Center and the editor of a regional newspaper “Kartlis Khma” (Voice of Kartli) was subjected to abuse and harassment by regional security guards in Shida Kartli. The guards abused Tsitsikashvili physically and verbally and obstructed him from carrying out his professional activities. 28 Jan 2010 »

Image: Blogger Emin Milli arriving at court in handcuffs, Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan 
Copyright: RFE/RL

A common statement on human rights in Azerbaijan

In spite of the Republic of Azerbaijan being a member of the Council of Europe for almost ten years the lack of democracy, a fair judicial system, free media and a free civil society is imminent. Several national and international human rights organizations draw the attention to the serious human rights violations taking place in the Republic of Azerbaijan. 28 Jan 2010 »

Arbitrary treatment of civilians in Nakhchivan

The South Caucasus Network of Human Rights Defenders strongly condemns the actions of law enforcement organs of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic against peaceful civilians. On December 27, 2009, during a religious ceremony, the residents of Julfa district Bananiyar village in the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic were subjected to physical pressure by the police. 21 Jan 2010 »

Image: Anniversary of Russian HR lawyer and journalist commemorated

Anniversary of Russian HR lawyer and journalist commemorated

Amnesty International, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee and Human Rights House Foundation have issued a joint letter, commemorating the 1st anniversary of the killings of the prominent Russian human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov, right, and the Novaya Gazeta journalist Anastasia Baburova. Follow the link to the letter, right. 19 Jan 2010 »

Abduction of activists

Members of the Human Rights House Network are alarmed by recent reports of abductions of youth activists in the Republic of Belarus. These incidents appear to be a new and intimidating tool for harassment of Belarusian activists, who in an organised manner or independently demonstrate their opposition to the rule of the government of Republic of Belarus. As such, they represent a violation of the freedom of expression as well as the right to assembly and association. 16 Dec 2009 »

South Caucasus Network of HR defenders applauds the UN CAT's conclusions on Azerbaijan

Members of the South Caucasus Network of Human Rights Defenders applaud the Concluding Observations on Republic of Azerbaijan issued by the UN Committee Against Torture (CAT) on 19 November 2009. We observe that many of the main concerns raised by Azerbaijani members of the South Caucasus Network of Human Rights Defenders and the Human Rights House Foundation during the review of Republic of Azerbaijan in November 2009 have been reflected in CAT's concluding observations. 11 Dec 2009 »

Stop human rights violations in Eritrea

The United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of State of Eritrea took place on Monday 30 November 2009. As you know, a coalition of Eritrean Diaspora communities submitted a joint report for this occasion. The coalition consisted of Eritrean Australian Mercy Association Inc., Eritrean Community in Australia Inc., Eritrean Global Solidarity, Network of Eritrean Civil Societies – Europe, and Suwera Center for Human Rights. The Awate Foundation coordinated the coalition’s work and submitted the report on its behalf. The Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF) provided technical and editorial assistance and facilitated the advocacy carried out by representatives of the coalition who were present at the Human Rights Council in Geneva during the review. 09 Dec 2009 »

Pressure on Georgian 'Batumelebi' newspaper

The members of the South Caucasus Network of Human Rights Defenders and the Human Rights House Tbilisi are alarmed by the information that representatives of Adjara Autonomous Republic Division of Special Operative Department (SOD) within the Ministry of Interior of Georgia have attempted to exert pressure and blackmail Tedo Jorbenadze, the head of the investigative reporting team of the “Batumelebi” Newspaper. We call upon the Georgian authorities to promptly investigate this and previous incidents of pressure on “Batumelebi” and take all appropriate measures to ensure safe and enabling environment for all journalists in Georgia. 02 Dec 2009 »

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