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        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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      • 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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