We, the undersigned members of the Civic Solidarity Platform wish to urgently draw the attention of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly to new legislation adopted on 2 November by the Parliament of the Republic of Azerbaijan, which increases fines to a disproportionate level and introduces criminal sentences for breaching regulations for organising and attending rallies.
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We, the undersigned members of the Civic Solidarity Platform are alarmed to learn that, on 20 October 2012, police detained around 100 activists in Azerbaijan, to hinder a protest planned by youth movements and political parties. Protesters were also detained in the regions to prevent them from travelling to the protest in Baku.
Civic Solidarity Platform calls on the Russian appellate court, upon the filing of an appeal, to uphold Russia’s international obligations with regard to respect for freedom of expression and quash the criminal convictions against Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich of the music band Pussy Riot.
A group of civil society organizations appealed to the President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon with their serious concerns by the deepening crisis in the city of Khorog, where for the third straight day the situation remains unstable. Early on the morning of July 24, law enforcement and security agencies launched a special operation to identify a
We, the undersigned members of the Civic Solidarity Platform and the International Partnership Group on Azerbaijan (IPGA), urgently call on the Council of Europe, the EU and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to press the Azerbaijani government to immediately stop the harassment and intimidation of civil society activists and journalists in Azerbaijan, and to conform to international standards and commitments on freedom of expression and on the rights of human rights defenders.
We, the undersigned members of the Civic Solidarity Platform, urge the Council of Europe, EU institutions and member states and the OSCE to immediately call upon the Ukrainian authorities to put an end to restrictions on freedom of expression and the on-going political interference with the media in Ukraine.
We, the undersigned members of the Civic Solidarity Platform, urgently call on the Russian Authorities to put an immediate end to the on-going harassment and intimidation of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Russia.
On July 10, a committee of the State Duma of the Russian Federation approved amendments proposed by President Putin to draft legislation that would require Russian NGOs that receive funding from abroad and engage in “political activities” to register as “Foreign Agents.”
Civic Solidarity Platform Appeal to the Russian Authorities to Reject Repressive Draft Legislation on “Foreign Agents”
On July 6, the State Duma of the Russian Federation passed in the first reading a package of amendments to existing legislation that would allow a broad spectrum of Russian NGOs to be classified as “Foreign Agents.”
International and Kazakhstani experts representing the NGO coalition Civic Solidarity monitored the trial of oil works from Zhanaozen who were accused of organizing and participating in mass riots on December 16, 2011. Monitors were present throughout the trial and have preliminarily concluded that:
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