Europe and Central Asia - IFEX Member Campaigns
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.
In a letter to the president of Lithuania and the president of the European Council, Index on Censorship and 39 other NGOS call upon leaders of the European Union to discuss the issue of mass surveillance at the European Council meeting on 24 and 25 October.
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 South East European Network for Professionalization of Media requests the immediate release of Tmislav Kezarovski. The journalist began a hunger strike on 22 July after having been in custody since 28 May.
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.
Members of the Coordinating Committee of Press Freedom Organizations call upon the Members of the British Parliament to reject any form of statutory control or any other legislation concerning regulation of the British press, following the release of the Leveson Report in November 2012.
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.
Rights groups say European governments should now adopt a harmonised approach to control exports of the worst kinds of surveillance technologies.
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 Media Coalition says the failure to implement Serbia's Media Strategy has enabled abuse of public funds with an aim to influence the media market and shut down critical voices.
In a joint statement, IFEX members in the European Union and its 'neighbourhood' states call upon authorities to protect freedom of expression in Greece.
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 an open letter to the foreign secretary, rights organisations point to the intimidation campaign against peaceful political activists.
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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.