On 1 April 2013 the new office of the Human Rights Centre Viasna opened its doors in Minsk.
The human rights defenders presented new analytical editions, shared their plans for the future and defined the priorities for their current activities.
The spokespersons of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, and Štefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy, issued a joint statement on recent events in Azerbaijan on 9 February 2013:
“More than 20 years after the end of the Cold War, the work of creating a Europe that is whole, free, and at peace remains unfinished. I just met with a group of the Civil Society Solidarity Platform leaders from a number of member states.
Human rights defenders from Belarus learned about the invitation the National Center of Legislation and Legal Research (NCLLR) sent to stakeholders to express opinions on the issue of the National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) from the non-official information that appeared on one of the news websites.
Sing for Democracy, a human rights campaign launched by several Azerbaijani civil society activists in advance of their country playing host to glitzy Eurovision Song Competition earlier this year, is embarking on something new.
On 19 October 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights ruled on the cases of Catan and v 27 Others v. Moldova and Russia (no. 43370/04), Elena Căldare and 42 Others v. Moldova and Russia (no. 8252/05), Eleonora Cercavschi and 98 Others v. Moldova and Russia (no. 18454/06).
A group of formerly politically persecuted persons are on a hunger strike since 17 days now.
They have made public their demands of an economic nature. The strikers have expressed several times their indignation about the deafness of competent state bodies that did not deign to meet and discuss with them about resolving their demands.