EU Parliament adopts resolution on Crimean Tatars
On 12 May 2016, the EU Parliament adopted a resolution on the Crimean Tatars. HRHN welcomes this resolution, and calls on Russia, as well as Ukraine and the international community, to address the deteriorating human rights situation in Crimea.
Targeted Russian Journalist Elena Milashina wins Free Media Award
Fritt Ord and ZEIT-Stiftung awarded Elena Milashina – correspondent in the Northern Caucasus for Novaya Gazeta – one of three Free Media Prizes for Independent Journalism in Eastern Europe. HRHN welcomes this award and calls on the international community to support Milashina and other Russian journalists.
“Critical Mass” in Minsk ended up in brutal detentions
The cyclists in many countries organize “Critical Mass” ride on the last Friday of the month. By this they want to draw the attention of city authorities and force them to make the city more convenient for the bicycles. The similar ride was held in Minsk on 29 April, and it ended up in detentions and searches.
Human Rights to the Regions – Annual Report of Human Rights House Tbilisi Monitoring
Human Rights House Tbilisi prepared a report Human Rights to the Regions – annual report about the state of human rights and basic freedoms in Georgia.
Monitoring by the Human Rights House Tbilisi (HRHT) revealed violation of civil-political and social-economic rights of citizens. Ongoing developments in the country, existing hard social and economic state, unstable state policy create problems in the field of human rights too.
Azerbaijan: Independent Media Under Unprecedented Attack
On World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2016, Sports for Rights and 18 international NGOs condemn the Azerbaijani authorities’ relentless crackdown on independent media and other critical voices.
Khadija Ismayil awarded on World Press Freedom Day
Khadija Ismayil is an independent investigative journalist in Azerbaijan. Since 5 December 2014, she is behind bars in her country, solely due to her reporting.
CoE Secretary General proposes a mechanism to address reprisals against human rights defenders
Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has proposed to establish a mechanism to strengthen the protection of human rights defenders in his third annual report. HRHN acknowledges and welcomes this proposal.
Sports for Rights urges performers to cancel Baku shows
In June, Azerbaijan will host the Formula One European Grand Prix, despite the on-going crackdown on human rights. The Sport for Rights campaign, of which Human Rights House Network is member, urges Pharell Williams, Enrique Iglesias and Chris Brown to cancel their proposed performances connected to the event.
Belarusian justice against the UN. Who will win?
On 25 April the human rights defender Leanid Sudalenka has lodged a complaint to the UN Human Rights Committee in a case against Ašmiany customs officers, who confiscated his laptop and printed materials during the personal search on the Lithuanian border. The activist has exhausted all domestic remedies, including the Supreme Court and the Prosecutor General.