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  • Stop Crackdown on Freedom of Expression

    Azerbaijan:

    Stop Crackdown on Freedom of Expression

    The government of Azerbaijan is carrying out a multi-pronged attack on freedom of expression, including introducing harsh penalties for critical speech online, imprisoning young activists for nothing more than graffiti, blocking access to websites of independent media, and harassing and violating the rights of journalists and activists. The undersigned organisations call upon the Azerbaijani authorities to reverse this alarming trend and respect basic human rights and freedoms, as well as for international partners to ensure Azerbaijan honours its treaty commitments as a state party to the European Convention on Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

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  • New power, old ways?

    Presidential elections in Uzbekistan:

    New power, old ways?

    As widely expected before Sunday’s elections, Shavkhat Mirziyoyev has been elected President of Uzbekistan with good margins. Even though changes are unlikely to occur with a new president who has been as much a part of Karimov’s regime, the international community should take the opportunity to reiterate demands on the Uzbek government to respect human rights and democratic principles.

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  • Authorities should promote youth civic engagement, not restrict it

    Kazakhstan:

    Authorities should promote youth civic engagement, not restrict it

    -Authorities in Kazakhstan must ensure civil society organizations the freedom to fully carry out their activities in accordance with domestic law and international human rights standards, said Bjørn Engesland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee. – In a recent development local authorities have aimed to thwart civic education events organized by the not-for-profit organization Youth Information Service of Kazakhstan (YISK).

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  • What next after the list of political prisoners?

    Azerbaijan:

    What next after the list of political prisoners?

    A new list of political prisoners has been published. International actors, who care enough on Azerbaijan, must ensure that its actions match its words: They should refer to the list of political prisoners of Azerbaijan if they are serious about their stated commitment to promote and protect democracy and human rights in Azerbaijan. Especially in a non-democratic country like Azerbaijan, where no separation of powers and no independent judicial system exists, they should acts as a democratic judiciary, highlighting human rights abuses and demanding an end to them. A serious increased international attentions and a renewed burst of efforts for the release of political prisoners is must.

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  • The growing importance of the ICC in Europe

    International Justice:

    The growing importance of the ICC in Europe

    The International Criminal Court (ICC) is experiencing difficult times. After criticising the ICC for addressing international crimes only in Africa, three African states recently indicated that they will withdraw from the Court (Burundi, Gambia, and South Africa). However, this criticism is no longer valid. The ICC is stepping up activities outside Africa, including in Europe.

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  • Ubehaget i kultur-journalistikken

    Magnitskij-saken:

    Ubehaget i kultur-journalistikken

    Norske kulturredaksjoner er enten uten vilje eller evne til å skjelne løgn fra journalistikk. Resirkulert propaganda får terningkast fem og Fritt Ord er mikrofonstativ. Av Gunnar Ekeløve-Slydal og Aage Borchgrevink.
    Publisert på VG+ 19.11.2016

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  • Stop Crackdown on Freedom of Expression

    Azerbaijan:

    Stop Crackdown on Freedom of Expression

    The government of Azerbaijan is carrying out a multi-pronged attack on freedom of expression, including introducing harsh penalties for critical speech online, imprisoning young activists for nothing more than graffiti, blocking access to websites of independent media, and harassing and violating the rights of journalists and activists. The undersigned organisations call upon the Azerbaijani authorities to reverse this alarming trend and respect basic human rights and freedoms, as well as for international partners to ensure Azerbaijan honours its treaty commitments as a state party to the European Convention on Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

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  • Authorities should promote youth civic engagement, not restrict it

    Kazakhstan:

    Authorities should promote youth civic engagement, not restrict it

    -Authorities in Kazakhstan must ensure civil society organizations the freedom to fully carry out their activities in accordance with domestic law and international human rights standards, said Bjørn Engesland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee. – In a recent development local authorities have aimed to thwart civic education events organized by the not-for-profit organization Youth Information Service of Kazakhstan (YISK).

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  • NHC condemns harsh sentence given to peaceful activists

    Kazakhstan:

    NHC condemns harsh sentence given to peaceful activists

    The Norwegian Helsinki Committee condemns the five-year sentence given yesterday to peaceful activists Max Bokayev and Talgat Ayan in retaliation for their peaceful protest against proposed amendments to the country’s land-law in April and May. The harsh prison sentence is in violation of the Constitution of Kazakhstan and the country’s international human rights obligations, and must therefore be quashed, the NHC said.

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