Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia - IFEX Member Campaigns
48 organisations from 24 countries have condemned the continuing wave of detentions and harassment of peaceful protesters, journalists, human rights defenders, civil society activists, anarchists and opposition party members in Belarus.
Members of IFEX wrote an open letter on behalf of Kazakh Editor Zhanbolat Mamay, calling for a fair and impartial handling of charges against him and full investigation into his mistreatment in prison and threats made to his family.
Over 70 rights and expression organisations worldwide entreated the UN Human Rights Council's 34th session to call on Turkey to take immediate steps to address the ongoing free expression crisis in the country.
The undersigned organisations condemn in the strongest possible terms today's sentencing of Mehman Huseynov, Azerbaijani journalist and chairman of the country's leading freedom of expression group, Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety, to two years in jail on defamation charges. He was taken into custody from the court room, without being allowed to speak in his defence.
Muhammad Bekjanov – an Uzbek journalist who tried to initiate debate on taboo subjects such as the use of forced labour in the cotton harvest – has been placed in solitary confinement. The journalist has been in prison for 17 years, and the move could be a sign that the government is preparing to extend his prison term yet again.
Over 40 organisations call for Turkey's national assembly to end the national state of emergency, extended for three months on October 19th.
Twenty-six NGOs are calling on the Government of Turkey to ensure that the state of emergency and the related emergency decrees are not tools to facilitate serious human rights violations and to silence dissent.
On 2 September, the first hearing will take place in a trial concerning 5 Taraf
journalists. The trial is believed to be politically motivated and the government is being asked to drop all charges against the accused.
Less than six weeks away from a constitutional referendum, Azerbaijan unleashes a new wave of repression.
"Beyond the simple problem of a lack of evidence, there are serious concerns regarding the indictment which suggest it has been written to obfuscate facts and to implicate the journalists in involvement in the Balyoz case, an already controversial story, to limit public support for their situation."
Ahead of Baku's first Grand Prix, activists are calling for a very different type of quick release.
Dündar, editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet
, and Gül, the newspaper's Ankara representative, face accusations of aiding a terrorist organisation, espionage and disclosure of classified documents for reports in Cumhuriyet
claiming that Turkey's intelligence agency secretly armed Islamist rebel groups in Syria.
The release of these political prisoners is a step in the right direction, say the Sport for Rights Coalition, but dozens of others remain in Azerbaijani jails.
A joint letter to Kazakhstan's President Nazarbayev calling for review of recent state actions towards Seytkazy Matayev and the National Press Club.
International free expression groups condemn the government's refusal to allow supporters to visit journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül, who are behind bars for reports claiming that Turkey's intelligence agency secretly armed Islamist rebel groups in Syria.
In this letter to Turkish President Erdoğan and Prime Minister Davutoğlu, members of the South East European Network for Professionalization of Media, express grave concerns over the Turkish government’s flagrant violations of media freedoms.
IFEX members call for an immediate investigation into spying operations in Romania incompatible with free and democratic society.
“The judicial system seems to prosecute journalists more often than the accomplices of Daesh (Islamic State). Turkey is a great country, with democratic institutions and a very open civil society. We appeal to the government, as a matter of honour, to restore all the conditions of pluralism, starting with freedom for journalists.”
IFEX members support the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union's draft law to decriminalise libel and defamation of public officials
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Members of the IFEX network and other concerned organisations demand justice for wrongful imprisonment of Mohammed Ismael Rasaool