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      • Release of political prisoners: Same old trick

        Azerbaijan:

        Release of political prisoners: Same old trick

        On March 16, Azerbaijan's authoritarian President Ilham Aliyev displayed another self-serving magnanimity and pretended to be merciful. He signed a decree, pardoning 423 prisoners, among them 4 activists that human rights groups have labeled as political prisoners. This is happy news for all of those pardoned and their families, but there is very little else to celebrate. The decree left many political prisoners firmly behind bars, in prisons populated by prominent dissenters and activists.

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      • Newspaper editor freed after being held for 18 years

        Uzbekistan:

        Newspaper editor freed after being held for 18 years

        The Association for Human Rights in Central Asia (AHRCA), Civil Rights Defenders (CRD), Freedom House, International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR), the Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC), Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Uzbek–German Forum for Human Rights (UGF) are extremely relieved to learn that Uzbek journalist Muhammad Bekjanov, the winner of RSF’s Press Freedom Prize in 2013, was released today after 18 years in prison.

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      • Polish Government Undermines Rule of Law

        Poland:

        Polish Government Undermines Rule of Law

        NHC has signed on to an Open Letter to the European Union College of Commissioners regarding the situation in Poland. The letter urges the College to pursue the enforcement action against the government of Poland under the Article 7 of the EU treaty, as the government of Poland continues to undermine the rule of law. NHC supports the letter in the framework of our membership in the International Federation for Human Rights, FIDH.

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      • Submission to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

        NGO-Forum for human rights:

        Submission to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

        The Norwegian NGO forum issued a Submission for the Day of General Discussion on a draft General Comment on State Obligation under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The paper draws the attention to the increasing trend by States Parties of the Covenant in giving priority to private sector development and investments as part of international development cooperation. This trend must be accompanied by increased efforts by states of ensuring that human rights principles are respected fully by private sector actors taking part in international development cooperation.

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      • Release woman political prisoners!

        Political prisoners:

        Release woman political prisoners!

        On occasion of the International Women’s Day the Norwegian Helsinki Committee issued a statement calling on the government of Uzbekistan to immediately and unconditionally free five woman political prisoners. These women languish in prison in for no other reason than their legitimate and peaceful activities, and the charges against them are trumped-up and must be dropped, the NHC said.

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      • Polish Government Undermines Rule of Law

        Poland:

        Polish Government Undermines Rule of Law

        NHC has signed on to an Open Letter to the European Union College of Commissioners regarding the situation in Poland. The letter urges the College to pursue the enforcement action against the government of Poland under the Article 7 of the EU treaty, as the government of Poland continues to undermine the rule of law. NHC supports the letter in the framework of our membership in the International Federation for Human Rights, FIDH.

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