New high-profile case in Belarus – Jhon Silver
Eduard Palchys, the alleged founder and author of 1863x.com Internat portal, aka Jhon Silver, was extradited from Russia to Belarus on 1 June. On this portal the analytical reports on the socio-political situation in Belarus and Ukraine were published, however for a long time its author remained unknown.
PACE Side Event: Azerbaijan: A year of Attempts to Hide Dire Human Rights Record
Prominent civil society activists, who have spent several months and years in prison or been forced into hiding or exile, will discuss the situation in the country and debunk the myth of progress on human rights.
PACE Side Event: Rule of Law Under Threat in Poland
Bringing attention to worrying developments in Poland, and elaborating on illiberal trends that concern not only Poland, but also several other Council of Europe Member States.
UN torture prevention body to return to Ukraine in September
The UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) may continue its visit to Ukraine in September, which was previously interrupted by obstacles from SBU.
32nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council
The 32nd session of the Human Rights Council has begun in Geneva, and will continue until 1 July 2016.
UN Secretary General seeks to address threats and reprisals
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is seeking to strengthen the UN’s response to acts of intimidation or reprisals against those cooperating or seeking to cooperate with the UN.
The announcement was made during the introduction of his 2016 annual report to the Human Rights Council’s 33rd session.
Lawyers and civil society give input to Special Rapporteur
On 11–12 June, the Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, Mónica Pinto, will meet with and gain input from lawyers and civil society actors. Ahead of this consultation in Belgrade, members of Human Rights House Belgrade spoke to HRHF about the importance of the consultation and the benefits of a cross-border community of lawyers.
Bialiatski: “The Special Rapporteur is the only international monitoring mechanism we have”
On the eve of the voting for the renewal of of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Belarus the human rights defenders have launched an information campaign to ensure that the mandate is renewed, calling for the citizens of different countries to encourage their representatives to vote “for”. At the same time the analysis of the human rights organization “Libereco – Partnership for Human Rights” that studies the changes in the human rights situation after the abolition of the EU sanctions could serve as the example of impact of the international mechanisms and their revocation.
UN torture prevention body suspends Ukraine visit
On 25 May 2016, the United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) suspended its visit to Ukraine. The SPT asserts that the Ukrainian government denied its delegation access to several places in the country – places where it suspects people are being deprived of their liberty by the Ukrainian Security Services. Such a suspension has only happened once before, in Azerbaijan.