Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia - IFEX Member Campaigns
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.
IFEX members strongly condemn recent attacks on journalists during public demonstrations in Kyiv and call for those responsible to be held accountable.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Civic Solidarity Platform and the International Partnership Group for Azerbaijan (IPGA) condemn the harsh response by the Azerbaijani authorities to recent protests in the country, and call on the Council of Europe to ensure Azerbaijan respects its human rights obligations as a member state.
Nine human rights NGO's, including IFEX members Human Rights Watch, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and PEN American Center, came together to urge Uzbek President Islam Karimov to demonstrate a genuine commitment to Uzbekistan's much-touted reform process by including political prisoners in an anticipated amnesty for Constitution Day.
The human rights situation in Azerbaijan has deteriorated significantly and the state of freedom of expression in the country is alarming, says a coalition of NGOs.
In 2011, Intigam Aliyev was arrested at the Istanbul airport, beaten by guards and deported to Azerbaijan; six months later he learned that Turkish officials had opened a case against him.
The 12 July raid of opposition broadcaster TVi's offices and the interruption of its programming is yet another violation of the station's freedom of expression.
PEN International is among 22 organisations signing onto an open letter that protests against draft legislation that would characterise any NGOs involved in political activities as “foreign agents”‘.
A CPJ delegation met with Muktar Djumaliyev yesterday to discuss the findings of a new report that documents the flawed judicial process that led to journalist Azimjon Askarov's 2010 conviction.
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The rights group is warning that a ban on "homosexual propaganda" in St. Petersburg is so broad that a person displaying a rainbow flag, wearing a T-shirt with a gay-friendly logo or holding a LGBT-themed rally could be prosecuted.
IRFS believes the amendments, which prevent citizens and journalists from obtaining financial information about Azerbaijani companies, was introduced because reporters and NGOs uncovered links between local businesses and family members of prominent politicians.