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14 August 2015 |

Rights defenders Leyla and Arif Yunus get severe jail sentences

Rights defenders Leyla and Arif Yunus get severe jail sentences The Sport for Rights coalition condemns the conviction and harsh sentencing of Azerbaijani human rights defenders Leyla and Arif Yunus on 13 August by the Baku Court of Grave Crimes.
31 July 2015 |

Leyla Yunus: One year of unprecedented repression in Azerbaijan

Leyla Yunus: One year of unprecedented repression in Azerbaijan One year ago, on July 30, 2014, human rights defender Leyla Yunus was arrested and charged with treason, fraud, forgery, tax evasion, and illegal entrepreneurship. Her arrest marked the start of a period of unprecedented repression in Azerbaijan.
10 July 2015 |

Perpetrators still at large, two years after murder of Russian journalist

Perpetrators still at large, two years after murder of Russian journalist Akhmednabi Akhmednabiyev was shot dead on 9 July 2013 as he left for work in Makhachkala, Dagestan. He had actively reported on human rights violations against Muslims by the police and Russian army.
22 May 2015 |

Olympic officials should insist on prisoner releases prior to European Games in Baku

Olympic officials should insist on prisoner releases prior to European Games in Baku "Quick to praise President Ilham Aliyev's preparation for the inaugural European Games, the EOC leadership has so far maintained a public silence in the face of serious abuse and repression by Azerbaijan's government against its critics."
13 May 2015 |

Lithuania's defamation reform bill doesn’t go far enough

Lithuania's defamation reform bill doesn’t go far enough A defamation reform bill pending before the Lithuanian Parliament would constitute a welcome step in the right direction, but should be further amended to meet international standards, the International Press Institute (IPI) and Article 19 said, following a joint two-day mission to Lithuania.
10 December 2014 |

Council of Europe urged to suspend Azerbaijan following Khadija Ismayilova's arrest

Council of Europe urged to suspend Azerbaijan following Khadija Ismayilova's arrest Following the pre-trial detention of prominent journalist Khadija Ismayilova, civil society groups call upon the Council of Europe to suspend Azerbaijan from its membership until Azerbaijani authorities drop all charges against NGO representatives, lawyers and journalists currently in detention.
1 December 2014 |

Belarusian journalists accused of taking part in an "unauthorized action"

Belarusian journalists accused of taking part in an Belarusian authorities are being called upon to drop charges against journalists who were accused by the police of holding an unauthorized action. The charges were brought against the group after they took a picture in Vitebsk to support the European Federation of Journalists' Stand Up For Journalism Day.
4 November 2014 |

Azerbaijani journalist sentenced to 25 days in detention, just one day after arrest for "hooliganism"

On 30 October a Baku court sentenced opposition journalist Khalid Garayev to 25 days in detention on trumped-up charges of hooliganism and disobeying the police.
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.


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