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16 October 2014 |

Azerbaijan: Stop harassment and legal action against leading investigative journalist

Azerbaijan: Stop harassment and legal action against leading investigative journalist Against the backdrop of the unprecedented crackdown on civil society, Khadija Ismayilova’s arrest on criminal defamation charges seems imminent and would confirm the authorities’ intent to silence all critical voices in the country.
29 September 2014 |

Azerbaijan: UNESCO urged to help end government's crackdown on free expression

Azerbaijan: UNESCO urged to help end government's crackdown on free expression Civil society groups call for an end to repression of IFEX member the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety, and urge UNESCO to take action to ensure free expression in Azerbaijan.
24 June 2014 |

Council of Europe urged to hold Azerbaijan accountable in its protection of human rights

Council of Europe urged to hold Azerbaijan accountable in its protection of human rights Azerbaijan has been providing leadership in the Council of Europe since last month, promoting and protecting human rights standards in Europe and beyond. In the meantime, back home, arbitrary arrest, torture and unfair trials are widespread.
14 May 2014 |

Civil society harassed as Azerbaijan assumes Council of Europe chairmanship

Civil society harassed as Azerbaijan assumes Council of Europe chairmanship In the lead-up to the Council's chairmanship, there has been a rise in harassment of civil society organisations (CSOs) in Azerbaijan. Official intimidation tactics have included the levying of heavy fines on CSOs for petty administrative lapses and the denial of permission to civil society groups to hold meetings in public spaces.
11 April 2014 |

Civil society urges Council of Europe to take Azerbaijan to task for human rights record

Azerbaijan's human rights record is inconsistent with standards embraced by the pan-European human rights organisation, the Council of Europe, and so its chairmanship, which will start in May, risks undermining the integrity of the institution's human rights principles.
17 March 2014 |

Azerbaijan: Supreme Court decision fuels calls for libel reform

Azerbaijan: Supreme Court decision fuels calls for libel reform Azerbaijan should promptly revise its libel laws to meet international standards for freedom of expression and the media, the Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety (IRFS) and Media Rights Institute (MRI) said on 12 March 2014.
20 February 2014 | Ukraine

Violence against journalists in Ukraine demands international engagement

The International Partnership Mission on Safety and Protection of Journalists and Press Freedom in Ukraine, respectfully reminds the Ukraine government that it is the duty of the state to protect all citizens, including journalists, and to ensure that journalists and media organizations can carry out their duties without fear of violence or harassment.
3 February 2014 |

NGOs call on Council of Europe to guarantee human rights protection in Azerbaijan

In a joint statement, representatives from 33 non-governmental organisations call on the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to urge Azerbaijan to repeal restrictive legislation that runs counter to Azerbaijan’s obligations to the Council of Europe with respect to freedom of expression, association, and assembly.
17 December 2013 | Turkey

Turkish publisher's acquittal plea thrown out in Apollinaire case

A Turkish court has thrown out Irfan Sancı's acquittal appeal in a case against his having published Guillaume Apollinaire’s 1911 novel, Les Exploits d’un jeune Don Juan. Prosecution has merely been suspended for three years, meaning the publisher must live under constant threat of imprisonment.
16 December 2013 | Romania

In an attack on free expression, libel may be recriminalised in Romania

In an attack on free expression, libel may be recriminalised in Romania IFEX members are calling on the president of Romania to veto proposed changes to the penal code passed by Parliament that would recriminalise insult and libel.
11 December 2013 | Romania

Romanian president urged to counter recriminalisation of libel

Romanian president urged to counter recriminalisation of libel On 10 December 2013, the Romanian Parliament recriminalised libel and insult without any public consultation. Press freedom groups are calling on President Traian Basescu to abstain from promulgating the new law.
10 December 2013 | Ukraine

Worldwide condemnation for brutal attacks on over 50 journalists in Ukraine

Worldwide condemnation for brutal attacks on over 50 journalists in Ukraine IFEX members strongly condemn recent attacks on journalists during public demonstrations in Kyiv and call for those responsible to be held accountable.
22 November 2013 | Azerbaijan

Opposition daily throttled financially by lawsuits and dirty tricks in Azerbaijan

President Ilham Aliyev’s re-election by an overwhelming majority on 10 October 2013 has been followed by new crackdown on the media. Azadliq is now in danger of succumbing to efforts to throttle it financially.
8 October 2013 | Azerbaijan

Azeri presidential election lacks credibility in light of human rights abuses

Azeri presidential election lacks credibility in light of human rights abuses
Twenty-two human rights organisations and press freedom campaigners warn that Azerbaijan's presidential election on 9 October may not be credible, as journalists and activists are routinely persecuted for criticising the government.
17 May 2013 | Azerbaijan

Free expression advocates protest Azerbaijan's legislative amendments

The International Partnership Group for Azerbaijan strongly condemns a series of repressive legislative amendments that Azerbaijan’s National Assembly adopted on 14 May 2013. The existing penalties for criminal defamation and insult have been extended to online content and public demonstrations.
2 May 2013 | Turkey

IFEX members call for Turkish translator, women's rights activist to be freed

IFEX members call for Turkish translator, women's rights activist to be freed Two dozen IFEX members call on Turkey to free prominent translator and women’s rights activist Ayşe Berktay, winner of the 2013 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award.
29 April 2013 | Azerbaijan

UN member states urged to hold Azerbaijan accountable for human rights abuses

The member states of the United Nations should hold Azerbaijan to account during its Universal Periodic Review on 30 April 2013 for its failure to protect basic human rights, says the International Partnership Group on Azerbaijan.
26 March 2013 | Russia

Rights groups condemn NGO inspections in Russia

NGOs in Russia have been subjected to inspections apparently aimed at determining whether they comply with legislation. The Civic Solidarity Platform appeals to the international community to speak out against the new attempt to intimidate these groups.
21 March 2013 | Azerbaijan

Groups condemn persecution of activists and journalists in Azerbaijan

The International Partnership Group for Azerbaijan, along with local NGOs, condemn the persecution of nine journalists, protesters and human rights defenders for exercising their right to freedom of expression and information in Azerbaijan in recent weeks.
19 February 2013 | Azerbaijan

International community urged to hold Azerbaijan accountable

Following the arrest of over 70 peaceful demonstrators in Ismayilli, a partnership group is calling on the international community to hold Azerbaijan to the commitments it has taken before the Council of Europe and the UN to uphold freedom of expression.


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