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(English) Azerbaijan: Legislative Amendments Raise Alarm

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(English) In a joint statement, Civil Rights Defenders and 38 other civil society organisations raise alarm over proposed legislative amendments in Azerbaijan which directly contravene the country’s international human rights obligations. We urge the parliament and government of Azerbaijan to repeal them as they would severely hinder the functioning of independent lawyers and the right to fair trial in the country.

(English) Open Letter: EU Must Call on Azerbaijani President to End Human Rights Crackdown

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders and 36 other NGOs have sent a letter to the EU member state heads ahead of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s visit to Brussels to participate in the 5th Eastern Partnership Summit on 24 November. We urge the EU member state heads to use the summit to call on president Aliyev to end the human rights crackdown and commit to concrete and sustainable human rights reforms in Azerbaijan.

(English) Call for the Immediate and Unconditional Release of Mr. Nguyễn Bắc Truyển

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(English) Mr. Truyển is a human rights defender who has peacefully exercised his right to freedom of expression to advocate for the rights of others, and has been detained solely for his beliefs and the peaceful exercise of rights protected under international human rights standards. We call on the government of Vietnam to immediately and unconditionally release Nguyễn Bắc Truyển and all other persons who are arbitrarily detained.

(English) Statement Condemning Police Violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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(English) In late August, a group of local citizens had gathered to protest against the construction of a mini hydropower plant in Kruščica in Central Bosnia and Herzegovina. The approximately 250 police officers who violently tried to disperse the peaceful protest blocked the area, stripped women of their clothes and personal belongings, and violently dragged protestors into busses. Civil Rights Defenders condemns the police’s violence and misconduct and calls on the state to live up to its international obligations.

(English) Cambodia, Burma and Vietnam Must End Impunity for Attacks Against Journalists

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(English) The International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists should be a wake-up call to end the repression and abuse of independent media workers. With a clampdown on independent journalism throughout the region, Civil Rights Defenders calls on the Governments of Cambodia, Burma, and Vietnam to abolish those laws permitting judicial harassment and creating a climate of impunity for attacks against independent media.

(English) Joint Open Letter: Request to Reconvene the Paris Conference on Cambodia

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(English) Today marks the 26th anniversary of the 1991 Paris Peace Conference on Cambodia. The conference led to the signing of the historic Paris Peace Agreements, and aimed at ending the “tragic conflict and continuing bloodshed in Cambodia”. Twenty-six years later, there is an urgent need for decisive action from the international community, to ensure that the democratic vision for Cambodia outlined in the Peace Agreements is not completely foresaken.

(English) One Year After Arrest, Demand for Release of Vietnamese Human Rights Defender Me Nam

Me Nam, the 2015 recipient of the Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award, has been detained for 148 days at the time of writing.

(English) On 10 October 2016, Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh (Me Nam) was arrested while on her way to visit another rights defender in prison. Her arrest and ongoing detention should be seen as nothing more than persecution against her courageous defence of human rights. Today, on the one-year anniversary of Me Nam’s arbitrary arrest and detention, Civil Rights Defenders urges the government of Vietnam to immediately and unconditionally release her.

(English) Statement Protesting the Politically Motivated Conviction of Akhtem Chiyhoz

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders condemns the conviction by a court in Russia-controlled Crimea of Akhtem Chiyhoz, the deputy leader of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis assembly, and calls upon the government of the Russian Federation and the de facto local authorities of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea to release Chiyhoz, vacate his conviction, and cease the harassment of Crimean Tatar activists.

(English) Urgent Action Needed to End Escalating Violence in Myanmar

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(English) Reports estimate that more than 270,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh following the outbreak of violence two weeks ago. In a joint open letter on 8 September, Civil Rights Defenders and 39 other organisations call on the UN Human Rights Council to urgently act by passing a resolution on Myanmar calling for an end to abuses against the population in Rakhine state and ensuring immediate humanitarian access.

(English) Petition to the International Association of Prosecutors

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(English) In the run-up to the annual conference and general meeting of the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) in Beijing, over 130 civil society organisations urge the IAP to live up to its vision and bolster its efforts to preserve the integrity of the profession. Increasingly, in many regions of the world, in clear breach of professional integrity and fair trial standards, public prosecutors use their powers to suppress critical voices.

(English) Kenya: Stop Harassment of Civil Society Organisations

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(English) The NGO Coordination Board of Kenya announced the deregistration of two human rights organisations, the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) and Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG). The move comes a week after 8 August national elections which were contested by the opposition. Together with three other civil society actors, Civil Rights Defenders condemns the targeting of national human rights organisations in Kenya.

(English) Turkey Must Release Arbitrarily Detained Human Rights Defenders

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(English) STATEMENT: On 5 July, eight human rights defenders were arbitrary detained in Turkey during a security workshop. Civil Rights Defenders calls on the Turkish government to immediately release the detained human rights defenders. Furthermore, we urge the government to refrain from criminalising and prosecuting people for peacefully conducting their legitimate human rights work.

(English) Human Rights Defender Killed in Uganda

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(English) In a statement, eleven human rights groups condemn the killing of human rights defender Irumba Erasmus and his friend Vide Kanyoro, by officers of the Uganda Police Force and Uganda People’s Defence Forces. One of Civil Rights Defenders key partners in the country, The National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders Uganda, is one of the organisations that urges the authorities to immediately conduct an impartial investigations into the matter.

(English) Myanmar Must Repeal Law Which Criminalises Peaceful Online Communication

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(English) In the last two years, the Telecommunications Law in Myanmar has opened the door to a wave of criminal prosecutions of individuals for peaceful communications on Facebook and has increasingly been used to stifle criticism of the authorities. According to a research group, which has been documenting prosecutions, at least 71 people are known to have been charged for online defamation under the law. Together with 60 other signatories, we urge the authorities to repeal parts of the law.

(English) Exiled Journalist Abducted – Open Letter to the Georgian Prime Minister

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(English) On 29 May, the exiled Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli was abducted in Tbilisi, Georgia. He went missing after leaving his colleagues in the evening, before resurfacing the following day in Baku in the custody of Azerbaijan’s state border agency. Mukhtarli reports that he was forced into a car near his home, tied up and beaten. His abductors put a bag over his head and 10,000 euros were stuffed into his pockets while crossing the Azerbaijani border.

(English) Recommendations Regarding State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s Visit to Sweden

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(English) Since the National League of Democracy (NLD) took office in Myanmar in 2016 the new administration has failed to carry out significant reform. We recognize the continued domination by the military, but the new government’s ability and willingness to improve the human rights situation is deeply disappointing. Read Civil Rights Defenders recommendations regarding state counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to Sweden in June.

(English) We Urge António Guterres to Call for the Release of Jailed Lawyers and Opposition Members

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(English) In advance of António Guterres upcoming trip to Tajikistan, in an open statement, we write to request that Guterres uses the visit to express concern to President Emomali Rahmon and officials in Dushanbe about his government’s politically motivated imprisonment of opposition activists and lawyers. The visit is an opportunity to convey UN concern at the highest level about the deterioration that has occurred over the past several years.

(English) UN’s António Guterres Must Stand Up For Human Rights in Central Asia

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders urges the UN Secretary-General António Guterres to use his visit to the five nations that comprise Central Asia, to publicly advocate for human rights. We also call on the Secretary General to demand an end to the ongoing violations and for the immediate and unconditional release of imprisoned activists and journalists. Guterres began his Central Asia tour on 07 June and is due to visit every nation in the region over the course of a few days.

(English) 18 Months in Prison for Prominent Turkish Human Rights Defender Murat Çelikkan

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(English) Prominent Turkish human rights defender and Co-Director of Hafiza Merkezi (Truth Justice Memory Centre), Murat Çelikkan was charged on 16 May under “terror organization propaganda” and sentenced by summary judgement to 18 months in prison. The hearing was held at the Istanbul 13th Heavy Penal Court under the Anti-Terror Law Article 7/2. The Courts did not reduce or defer his sentence as they ruled that “The defendant did not show sufficient remorse with his attitudes in the trial”.

(English) Vietnamese Human Rights Blogger Should be Immediately and Unconditionally Released

Me Nam, the 2015 recipient of the Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award, has been detained for 148 days at the time of writing.

(English) Joint Public Statement: Vietnamese authorities should immediately and unconditionally release human rights defender Nguyễn Ngọc Như Quỳnh, also known by her blogging pseudonym, Mẹ Nấm (Mother Mushroom), Amnesty International and Civil Rights Defenders said today. She is a prisoner of conscience, being held and tried solely for her peaceful activities promoting and defending human rights.

(English) Response Received from Authorities Regarding the Release of Belarusian Activist Pavel Levinov

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(English) In a letter issued to the Oktyabrsky District Court of Vitebsk city in Belarus Civil Rights Defenders calls for the immediate release of Pavel Levinov and for all administrative charges to be dropped against him. He was arrested and detained in his capacity as observer while monitoring the peaceful protests of March 26 for the Belarusian- Helsinki Committee.

(English) Uzbekistan: UN Official Calls for Rights Reforms

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(English) The United Nations high commissioner for human rights called on President Shavkat Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan on May 10 and 11, 2017, to turn his government’s pledges for reform into concrete human rights improvements and fulfill its obligations under human rights law. Civil Rights Defenders, together with seven other rights groups, endorsed the high commissioner’s recommendations.

(English) Sweden’s Ambassador for Human Rights Must Raise Violations in Upcoming Visit to Myanmar

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders and The Swedish Burma Committee in a joint letter to Annika Ben David, Sweden’s Ambassador for Human Rights, urge that the following recommendations regarding widespread human rights violations are brought to the table in all dialogues with the Burmese Government. The trip on 22 May 2017 takes place in an atmosphere that has recently seen the country’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi reject a decision by the UN’s rights council to investigate allegations of crimes by Myanmar’s security forces against minority Rohingya Muslims.

(English) Myanmar Must Cooperate With International Mission Investigating Grave Human Rights Abuses in Rakhine State

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders together with 22 civil society organisations in a letter to several states; including the United States, United Kingdom and the member states of the European Union, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation call on them to strongly encourage the Myanmar government to fully cooperate with the forthcoming Fact-Finding Mission into the human rights situation in Rakhine State.

(English) Stop the Ongoing Harassment of Activists’ Family in Azerbaijan

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders is concerned by the persistent harassment of the family of Azerbaijani human rights defender Bashir Suleymanli, Director of the Institute for Citizen Rights and Co-Founder of the Election Monitoring and Democracy Center. We call upon the Government of Azerbaijan to immediately cease this intimidation, respect its citizenry’s rights to freedom of speech and assembly, and combat the growing impunity of local security services outside of the country’s capital Baku.

Frige kvinnliga människorättsförsvarare i Vietnam

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Sexuellt våld, smutskastningskampanjer och godtyckliga gripanden – det är bara några exempel på allvarliga kränkningar som kvinnliga människorättsförsvarare i Vietnam utsätts för. På den internationella kvinnodagen, den 8 mars, vore det ett ypperligt tillfälle för den vietnamesiska staten att stå upp för kvinnors rättigheter i landet. Bland annat genom att frige alla de kvinnliga människorättsförsvarare som hålls frihetsberövade på godtyckliga grunder.

(English) Journalist Mehman Huseynov Sentenced to Two Years on Fabricated Charges

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders calls upon the Azerbaijani authorities to immediately release Mehman Huseynov, a prominent blogger and Chairperson of the press freedom organization, the Institute for Reporters Freedom and Safety, who was sentenced to two years imprisonment on spurious charges of defamation. The lawsuit was brought by the chief of police in Baku’s Nasimi District after Huseynov publicly spoke out about his torture by district officers in January 2017. Huseynov was immediately taken into custody directly from the courtroom.

(English) No Progress on Key Reforms: Transparency Group Should Suspend Azerbaijan’s Membership

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders and a coalition of 20 leading civil society organisations calls on the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a prominent international coalition, to suspend Azerbaijan’s membership for failing to carry out key reforms. The EITI Board meeting is due to take place in Bogota on the 08 and 09 of March in order to review the country’s efforts to reduce oppression against civil society groups.

Tidningsredaktör släppt efter 18 år i fängelse

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Den 22 februari släpptes journalisten Muhammad Bekjanov ur fängelse i Uzbekistan efter att ha suttit inlåst i 18 år. Redaktören, för det som en gång var landets ledande oppositionstidning, var fram tills dess en av världens längst fängslade journalister. Han har vid upprepade tillfällen utsatts för tortyr och han fick även sitt fängelsestraff förlängt strax före en planerad frigivning 2012. Enligt preliminära uppgifter kommer han inte kunna lämna landet på ett år.

FN bör utreda pågående människorättsbrott i Myanmar

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I januari gick över 40 civilsamhällesorganisationer från Myanmar ut med uppmaningen att en oberoende internationell kommission måste tillsättas med uppgift att utreda vad som uppges vara pågående brott mot mänskligheten i delstaten Rakhine. Situationen har eskalerat kraftigt sedan hösten 2016 då rohingyafolket blivit måltavla för storskaliga militära operationer. Som ny medlem i säkerhetsrådet har Sverige nu en unik möjlighet att ta initiativet för att avbryta diskrimineringen, innan det är för sent.

(English) Drop Farcical Investigation of Two Human Rights Defenders in Cambodia

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(English) In a joint statement, Civil Rights Defenders, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the International Commission of Jurists call on the Cambodian authorities to immediately drop the politically motivated criminal investigation against two human rights defenders, Am Sam-at and Chan Puthisak. Both human rights Defenders have been falsely accused of instigating violence during a peaceful demonstration in October 2016 .

(English) Stop the Harassment of Human Rights Lawyers in Crimea

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders is concerned by the recent actions of Russian security services to harass, detain, and charge innocent human rights lawyers in the annexed territory of Crimea. The government of the Russian Federation and the de facto local authorities of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea must stop the persecution of independent human rights lawyers Emil Kurbendinov and Nikolay Polozov, and foreign governments and international actors must hold Russia to account.

(English) Failure to Honour International Commitments as Askarov Sentence Upheld

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders calls on the Kyrgyz authorities to fulfil their international commitments to protect civil and political rights by immediately releasing human rights defender and journalist Azimjon Askarov. Today, the Chui Regional Court ruled to uphold the original sentence of life-imprisonment at the end of a trial that allegedly presented the same procedural faults that led to the Human Rights Committee stating that several of Askarov rights had been violated.

(English) Human Rights Defenders Attacked by Members of the Ruling Party in Serbia

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders condemns the recent attack against several human rights defenders from the Youth Initiative of Human Rights (YIHR) of Serbia, a long time partner of Civil Rights Defenders and demands that swift legal action be taken in bringing the perpetrators to justice.The incident occurred on the evening of January 17, involving nine activists from the YIHR, who were brutally attacked by members from a local branch of the Serbian Progressive Party.

Journalist torterad i Azerbajdzjan

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Kvällen den 9 januari fördes Mehman Huseynov, en av Azerbajdzjans främsta politiska bloggare och ordförande i den lokala pressfrihetsgruppen ”Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety” bort av okända angripare i centrala Baku. Huseynov fördes till häkte där han bland annat blev torterad. Civil Rights Defenders uppmanar, tillsammans med 18 andra organisationer, myndigheterna i Azerbajdzjan att omedelbart utreda händelsen så att de ansvariga ställs till svars.

(English) Investigate Threats against Editor-in-Chief

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders is seriously concerned with public threats made by a high-ranking government official in Chechnya against Grigoriy Shvedov, editor-in-chief of the independent news portal Caucasian Knot. On 7 January, Magomed Daudov, speaker of the parliament of Chechnya, published on his personal Instagram account a post which implied that Shvedov was lying while reporting on events in the region in exchange for foreign funding.

(English) Stop the Harassment of Human Rights Lawyers

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(English) On 26 October, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation will consider an appeal by two human rights lawyers. In the ruling, the judge accused them of committing actions that “defame the honour and the dignity of a lawyer” and suggested revoking their license to practice law. Civil Rights Defenders urges the Russian authorities to immediately cease the judicial harassment, which aims to punish the lawyers for their work to defend human rights.

(English) Open Letter- Criticising Proposed Law on Belief and Religion in Vietnam

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders and scores of other civil society organisations have written to the President of the Vietnam National Assembly on Vietnam’s draft Law on Belief and Religion expressing their concerns regarding the proposed Law. The draft law, which has been revised several times has drawn strong criticism from many religious communities, is expected to be voted into law by the National Assembly at its session in October-November 2016.

(English) 34 Years Later, Vietnam Needs Larger Freedom

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On the eve of the 34th anniversary of Vietnam becoming a party to key human rights treaties, the human rights situation in the country continues to be marked by the prosecution and imprisonment of human rights defenders, violence against activists and protesters, use of repressive laws to criminalise expression, and inadequate guarantees to ensure citizens’ right to participate in public affairs, including in land use and environmental decision-making.

(English) Safe and Secure Freedom of Assembly Must be Guaranteed at Belgrade Pride

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders demands that the government of Serbia puts all measures in place to ensure a safe and secure Belgrade Pride March which is scheduled to take place on September 18. Freedom of peaceful assembly must be secured for all citizens of Serbia regardless of their personal attributes and to guarantee peoples’ fundamental human rights. Belgrade Pride Week 2016 which began on September 12 includes a variety of cultural, debate and community-oriented events, which will take place at several locations throughout the Serbian capital.

(English) Petition to the International Association of Prosecutors

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders together with the undersigned organisations have made an appeal to the International Association of Prosecutors to take the necessary steps to ensure that they comply with the Standards of Professional Responsibility of and Statement of the Essential Duties and Rights of Prosecutors. While recognising the commitment and sacrifice of many prosecutors the undersigned have observed situations in which some prosecutors have been involved in prosecutions that violate basic human rights laid down in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and subsequent international covenants, conventions and instruments to which the Association should adhere to.

(English) Addressing the Escalating Human Rights Crisis in Ethiopia

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders together with 14 other prominent civil society organisations have issued a joint statement to the Permanent Representatives of Members and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council to draw their attention to serious human rights violations in Ethiopia. These include violent crackdowns on peaceful protests in the provinces of Oromio and Amhara. All 15 civil society organisations urge the delegations to make serious recommendations to Ethiopia including a thorough, independent, impartial and transparent investigation into all deaths resulting from alleged excessive use of force by the security force.

(English) Why a UNGA Resolution is Still Needed in Myanmar

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders (CRD), ALTSEAN-Burma, Amnesty International, Article 19, Forum-Asia, and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) are concerned that the European Union (EU) may not introduce a new resolution on the situation of human rights in Myanmar at the upcoming 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Our organizations believe that ending the resolution at this time would be premature, and that strong human rights monitoring mechanisms must remain in place to ensure Myanmar continues to press forward with much needed reforms

(English) Human Rights Abuses in Laos Must be Tackled Now

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(English) On the eve of the annual ASEAN leaders summit in Vientiane, human rights and advocacy groups called upon the Lao PDR Government to commit to address its widespread violations of human rights, including instances of enforced disappearances and arbitrary detention, and overall denial of basic civil and political rights. Visiting world leaders have a unique opportunity to publicly raise human rights concerns during the ASEAN summit in Vientiane from September 6-8.

EU och Sverige bryter mot offentlighetsprincipen för att inte riskera relationen till Kuba

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Sverige och EU stryper insynen i förhandlingarna med Kuba om ett nytt avtal. De dokument som parterna kommit överens om lämnas inte ut, trots att de undertecknats offentligt. Detta innebär att varken kubanska eller europeiska medborgare kommer att få påverka vilka krav EU ska ställa på Kuba när det gäller mänskliga rättigheter och demokrati. Ett offentliggörande av dokumenten skulle riskera relationen till Kuba, menar såväl Sverige som EU.

(English) Call on the Human Rights Council Regarding Resolution on Deteriorating Human Rights Situation

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(English) Today, Civil Rights Defenders joins 11 international, regional, and Cambodian civil society organisations in a letter to permanent missions of Member and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council, urging them to support the adoption of a resolution addressing Cambodia’s gravely deteriorating human rights situation at the 33rd session of the Council (13-30 September 2016).

(English) Azerbaijan: Renewed Human Rights Crackdown Ahead of Referendum

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(English) Less than six weeks ahead of a constitutional referendum, the Azerbaijani authorities have unleashed a new wave of repression to silence critical voices. Today, Civil Rights Defenders joins 17 member organisations of the Sports for Rights coalition in a statement to condemn this renewed crackdown. We call on the Azerbaijani authorities to take immediate steps to improve the human rights situation in the country, starting with the release of political prisoners held for their peaceful political activities or exercise of their right to freedom of expression.

(English) Statement: Cuba Must End Repression Against Human Rights Defenders

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(English) The Cuban Government continues its crackdown on human rights and its repression against human rights defenders. Several activists have now gone to hunger strike as means to demand change. In a statement today, Civil Rights Defenders expresses deep concern over the health conditions of the activists, and strongly condemns the systematic human rights violations they face in Cuba. We urge the Cuban Government to end all repression against Cuban citizens and human rights defenders and to guarantee their civil and political rights.

(English) Cambodia: Campaign to Support Imprisoned Human Rights Defenders

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders joins more than 50 local, regional and international civil society groups in launching a campaign to support and seek the release of five human rights defenders who are under arbitrary detention in Cambodia. They are currently under judicial investigation for trumped-up allegations of bribery. The #FreeThe5KH campaign aims to garner support for the five detained human rights defenders, to remind them that the public has not forgotten about their cause and to help keep their morale high while they remain in detention.

(English) Cambodia: Killing of Kem Ley Adds Grave Concern to the Deteriorating Human Rights Situation

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders joins 20 other local, regional and international civil society groups and networks in condemning the murder of Cambodian activist and political analyst Kem Ley in Phnom Penh on 10 July 2016. The signatories call for a prompt, thorough, impartial, and independent investigation into his death, and call on the authorities to ensure accountability for this atrocious killing.

(English) Statement: Myanmar Must Investigate Destruction of Religious Buildings

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(English) On 5 July, Civil Rights Defenders joins 18 other non-governmental organisations in Myanmar to call on the Government of Myanmar to conduct a formal investigation into the recent destruction of religious buildings in Kachin State and Bago Region. The statement represents a collective show of support from Myanmar civil society for victims of religiously motivated violence in the country. We call on the Government of Myanmar to live up to the aspirations of a democratic Myanmar with respect for human rights.

(English) UN Human Rights Council Puts Cambodia on Notice

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(English) At the 32nd session of the UN Human Rights Council, Belgium, Japan, France, Switzerland, the United States, the United Kingdom and the EU all expressed concerns at the recent escalation of crackdown on civil society and the political opposition in Cambodia. In a joint statement highlighting this cross-regional condemnation, Civil Rights Defenders, together with Cambodian, regional and international human rights groups, call on Cambodian authorities to immediately release detained civil society and opposition members.

(English) Ethiopia: End use of counter-terrorism law to persecute dissenters and opposition members

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(English) Today, Civil Rights Defenders and eight other civil society organisations issue a joint statement calling on the Ethiopian government to end the use of counter-terrorism law to persecute dissenters and opposition members. We urge the Ethiopian Government to end its escalating crackdown on human rights defenders, independent media, peaceful protestors as well as members and leaders of the political opposition.

(English) Vietnam: Blogger Transferred to Remote Prison

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(English) The arbitrary transfer of political prisoner Trần Huỳnh Duy Thức to a remote prison does not comply with Vietnam’s obligations under international human rights law and standards, Civil Rights Defenders said today. Thức, who was an active blogger before his imprisonment, was transferred on 5 May to a prison about 1500 km away from where his immediate family is based. His family did not receive prior notice.

(English) Azerbaijan: Independent Media Under Unprecedented Attack

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(English) In a joint statement released today, Civil Rights Defenders condemns the Azerbaijani authorities’ crackdown on the independent media and other critical voices. We call on the Azerbaijani authorities to implement immediate and concrete steps to improve freedom of expression in the country, starting with the unconditional release of jailed journalists, bloggers, and other political prisoners.

(English) Vietnam: Alleged Torture of Tran Thi Hong Must be Investigated

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(English) In a joint statement released on 26 April, Civil Rights Defenders and several other civil society organisations call on Vietnam to carry out an investigation into allegations that Mrs. Tran Thi Hong was tortured on 30 March 2016 by the local authorities of Gia Lai Province, while in custody. We call on Vietnam to bring perpetrators to justice and provide reparations to Mrs. Tran Thi Hong.

Fallet Sinthu Selvarajah läggs ned – uttalande

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I dag kom nyheten att åklagaren än en gång lägger ner utredningen av hur det gick till när den psykosdrabbade, 28-åriga Sinthu Selvarajah dog i samband med ett polisingripande vid den psykiatriska avdelningen på Västmanlands läns sjukhus i december 2014 – trots att det finns en mängd oklarheter i fallet och den officiella dödsorsaken starkt ifrågasätts av rättsmedicinska experter. Civil Rights Defenders har för avsikt att driva fallet vidare.

(English) Stop Violations Against Kenyan Human Rights Defenders

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(English) Today Civil Rights Defenders forwarded a joint Letter of Concern to the Kenyan government regarding the arrest of Joel Ogada on March 14. Joel is a prominent Kenyan environmental Human Rights Defender and Natalia Project participant. We urge the Kenyan authorities to act accordingly and guarantee in all circumstances that Kenyan human rights defenders are able to carry out their work without fear of reprisals.

(English) Vietnam Should Cooperate with UN Human Rights Mechanisms

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(English) This week the 31st session of the UN Human Rights Council begins in Geneva, Switzerland. Vietnam is in the final year of its three-year term as a council member. Yet its cooperation with UN human rights mechanisms remains weak. Arbitrary restrictions on civil and political rights in Vietnam are on-going, despite the country being a state party to multiple international human rights treaties.

(English) Grave Restrictions on Fundamental Human Rights

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(English) In a letter to the Permanent Representatives of Members and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council, Civil Rights Defenders together with eight undersigned civil society organisations expressed their serious concerns about the Ethiopian Government’s grave restrictions on fundamental human rights. This has been exemplified by the recent crackdown on largely peaceful protests in the Oromia region.

(English) Vietnam: Call for Immediate Release of Prisoners of Conscience

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders along with six civil society organisations call on the Vietnamese authorities to immediately release two prisoners of conscience Nguyễn Văn Đài and Lê Thu Hà. They were arrested on 16 December 2015 and charged under Article 88 of the Penal Code for ‘Conducting propaganda against the state’. All efforts by family and legal counsel to visit the pair since their arrests have been denied.

Uttalande med anledning av samernas nationaldag

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Den 6 februari firas den samiska nationaldagen som i år infaller bara tre dagar efter att Gällivare tingsrätt utfärdade ett historiskt domslut i det uppmärksammade Girjasmålet. Civil Rights Defenders välkomnar beslutet, vilket ger samebyar rätt att råda över sina traditionella marker i enlighet med urfolksrätten, och uppmanar samtidigt till en tolkning som innebär att alla samers rättigheter respekteras.

Risk för kränkningar av utsatta EU-medborgares rättigheter – öppet brev

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I dag bjuder Civil Rights Defenders i ett öppet brev till regeringen in till dialog om utsatta EU-medborgares rättigheter i Sverige. Civil Rights Defenders är djupt oroad över den nationella samordnarens rapport om utsatta EU-medborgare i Sverige som överlämnades till regeringen den 1 februari. Om rapporten efterlevs riskerar kommuner och landsting att bryta mot konventioner om mänskliga rättigheter.

(English) Prominent LGBT Activist Charged Under Draconian Law

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(English) Prominent Russian LGBT activist Sergey Alexseenko and long-term partner of Civil Rights Defenders was found guilty under the archaic “propaganda of homosexuality” law, which, was introduced in 2013. The law bans the distribution of propaganda to minors, which promotes non-traditional sexual relationships, and its introduction followed several administrative sanctions in various regions throughout Russia before being passed at a Federal level. The Arkhangelsk region where Sergey Alexseenko is based was one of the first regions to introduce punitive sanctions.

(English) Myanmar: One Year On, No Justice for Kawng Kha Rape

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(English) One year ago today, two teachers volunteering with the Kachin Baptist Convention were attacked and killed at home in a local church compound in Kawng Kha Village. A year on, there has been little progress towards identifying the perpetrators of the brutal rape, torture and murder. This case demonstrates the pressing need for the country’s incoming leaders to address impunity in genuine efforts to tackle sexual violence in conflict.

(English) Remembering the Plight of Human Rights Defenders in Prison

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(English) On the eve of the arrest of investigative Journalist Khadiya Ismayilova Civil Rights Defenders and other members of the Sports for Rights coalition together with the Civic Society Platform call for the immediate and unconditional release from prison of all human rights defenders. Ismayilova is one of dozens of human rights defenders and political prisoners who have been incarcerated by the regime on politically motivated charges.

(English) Civil Society Urges Obama to Press for the Release of Thich Quang Do

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders along with numerous other civil society organisations in a letter to President Obama have called on him to press for the release of Vietnam’s most long standing prisoner of conscience Thich Quang Do. President Obama is due to attend the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum and the US – ASEAN and East Asia summits where he will have the opportunity to meet with Vietnamese leaders.

(English) Joint Statement of Concern on Draft Law on Religion

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders joins 26 civil society organizations in calling for Vietnam’s government to comprehensively revise the draft Law on Belief and Religion to comply with Vietnam’s obligations under international human rights law, and to do so through broad-based and inclusive consultation. In its present form, the draft law places limitations on freedom of religion or belief that extend beyond those permitted under international human rights law that is binding on Vietnam.

Stoppa avhysningen från boplatsen på Sorgenfri

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Upphäv beslutet att riva boplatsen på Sorgenfri i Malmö. Det kräver Civil Rights Defenders i ett öppet brev till Malmö stad och polisen Skåne den 30 oktober. På platsen bor omkring 200 EU-migranter och om beslutet drivs igenom innebär det att deras mänskliga rättigheter kommer att kränkas. Malmö stad har inte ordnat alternativa boenden för de personer som tvingas flytta och de har inte heller getts möjlighet att yttra sig.

(English) Vietnam: Restrictions on Freedom of Movement Violate Domestic and International Law

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(English) Authorities in Vietnam have blocked at least 33 human rights defenders and activists from freely travelling abroad or internally in the last six months, despite legal protection of the right to freedom of movement. Civil Rights Defenders considers these restrictions arbitrary and in violation of Vietnam’s obligations under its own Constitution and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

(English) CAMBODIA: Open Letter to Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the UNHRC

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(English) Members of the UN Human Rights Council should address the deteriorating human rights situation in Cambodia during the upcoming council session. They should also extend the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, a coalition of International, regional and domestic human rights groups including Civil Rights Defenders writes in an open letter today.

Sport for Rights fördömer hårda domar mot Leyla och Arif Yunus

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Koalitionen Sport for Rights, i vilken Civil Rights Defenders ingår, uppmanar i ett uttalande att Leyla och Arif Yunus, tillsammans med andra fängslade journalister och människorättsförsvarare i Azerbajdzjan, omedelbart friges. Koalitionen kräver också fortsatt internationell uppmärksamhet på Azerbajdzjan och ökade insatser för att kunna ställa regimen inför rätta för människorättsbrott.

(English) Meydan TV Director Emin Milli Threatened for Critical Reporting on European Games

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders together with several other civil society organisations who are members of ”Sport for Rights” has issued a statement calling on the Azerbaijani authorities to put an end to their ongoing attempts to silence critical reporting. The statement follows after Meydan TV Director Emin Milli reported that he had received a threat from the Azerbaijani Minister of Youth and Sport, Azad Rahimov, in connection with his critical reporting on the European Games.

Sverige bör ta FN:s rekommendationer på större allvar

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I januari granskades hur mänskliga rättigheter respekteras i Sverige vid FN:s människorättsråd i den så kallade UPR-processen. Granskningen resulterade i en mängd rekommendationer om åtgärder Sverige bör vidta. Idag antar regeringen formellt rekommendationerna vid ett sammanträde i Genève men Civil Rights Defenders ser med stor oro på alla de centrala rekommendationer som Sverige valt att inte ta sig an.

(English) The EU Must Speak Out Against Repression of Freedom of Assembly in Cuba

(English) In a letter to Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy dated the 09th June 2015 Civil Rights Defenders and our partner The Forum for Rights and Freedoms urgently call on the EU and its member states to act immediately against the dangers currently faced by Cuban human rights defenders when exercising their basic freedoms.

(English) Joint Statement Calling for the Release of Vietnamese Prisoner of Conscience

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(English) Several human rights organizations call on the Vietnamese government to abide by their international and domestic obligations and immediately release Tran Huynh Duy Thuc, Vietnamese ICT entrepreneur and blogger. Tran Huynh Duy Thuc was arrested under the initial charge of “promoting anti-government propaganda” under Article 88 of the Vietnamese Penal Code for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression.

Organisationer uppmanar till internationell solidaritet

Den 17 oktober, bara en vecka efter presidentvalet i Azerbajdzjan, förbjöds försäljningen av flera dagstidningar i Baku. En av dessa är dagstidningen Azadliq, en av få kvarvarande oppositionella nyhetskanaler i landet. ”Vi uppmanar landets rättsliga och polisiära myndigheter att upphöra med sin mediejakt och vi uppmanar till internationell solidaritet för tidningen”, säger Civil Rights Defenders och flera andra organisationer i ett gemensamt uttalande.

(English) Blogger sentenced to 9 years on trumped-up drug charges

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(English) Rashad Ramazanov, Azerbaijani blogger who criticized the authorities on Facebook and YouTube, was sentenced to nine years in prison on trumped-up drug charges. ”The Azerbaijani regime has given several famous dissidents long prison terms for alleged drug trafficking recently. This is a clear message to other voices who dare be critical”, said Joanna Kurosz, at Civil Rights Defenders.

(English) Election will not be credible unless people can criticise the government

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(English) In a joint call issued on the eve of the Presidential election, 22 human rights organisations and press freedom campaigners warn that the failure of the government of Azerbaijan to respect human rights, including freedom of expression, undermines the democratic legitimacy of the government. Azerbaijan should take immediate action to ensure fundamental rights are protected ahead of the election.

Nyhetsredaktör dömd till 5 års fängelse kort tid före presidentval

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Civil Rights Defenders fördömer den hårda domen mot Hilal Mammadov, oberoende nyhetsredaktör för tidningen Tilishi Sado i Azerbajdzjan. Bara veckor innan presidentvalet som hålls i Azerbajdzjan den 9 oktober dömdes Hilal Mammadov till fem års fängelse. Hans fall är det senaste i raden av rättsprocesser mot personer som utövar sin rätt till yttrandefrihet, mötesfrihet och föreningsfrihet.

(English) Rights to freedom of expression eroded even further

(English) 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 amendments seek to ban criticism and increase the cost of dissent,” the undersigned organisations said. A report recently published by Civil Rights Defenders shows that repression of civil society has reached new lows.

Sapiyat Magomedova får årets Per Anger-pris

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Människorättsadvokaten Sapiyat Magomedova har tilldelats Sveriges regerings pris till Per Angers minne. I det våldsdrabbade Dagestan försvarar hon personer som utsatts för grova människorättsövergrepp. Hon tar sig an fall som andra advokater skulle avstå från av säkerhetsskäl och har vunnit rättsfall i en kontext där det är nästan omöjligt att göra det. För människorna i regionen har hon blivit en symbol för mod.

Uppmaning till EU att diskutera mänskliga rättigheter med Turkmenistan

Tillsammans med en grupp ledande människorättsorganisationer skickade vi ett brev till EU-kommissionens ordförande, José Manuel Barroso, och EU-kommissionären Günther Oettinger inför deras möte med Turkmenistans president Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov. I brevet uppmanar vi EU:s representanter att ta upp frågan om de grova kränkningarna av människors grundläggande rättigheter som pågår i Turkmenistan.

Vitryssland pressas att förbättra yttrandefriheten

En grupp internationella yttrandefrihets- och medieorganisationer efterlyser i en ny gemensam rapport att Vitryssland ska reformera medielagstiftningen och avskaffa restriktioner för landets medier. I dag presenteras rapporten ”For Free and Fair Media in Belarus” för det svenska EU-ordförandeskapet. EU uppmanas att beakta rapporten när man fattar beslut om framtida reserestriktioner för diktatorn Aljaksandr Lukasjenka och […]

Förhoppningar om fredlig Pride i Belgrad

Det serbiska inrikesministeriet har lovat att skydda deltagarna i Prideparaden som äger rum den 20 september i Belgrad. Vi finns på plats för att se hur mycket kraft myndigheterna lägger bakom orden. I ett brev till den serbiske premiärministern, Mirko Cvetkovic, och till inrikesministern, Ivica Dacic, välkomnar Civil Rights Defenders de positiva steg som den serbiska regeringen har tagit på senare tid för att öka respekten […]