Reports and releases

Azerbaijani authorities should immediately free long-time human rights activist and editor of Tolishi Sado newspaper, Hilal Mammadov, sentenced today to 5 years in prison following a flawed trial brought on politically motivated charges, Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety said today.
Russia rejected most of the concrete and substantial recommendations done at the session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday, 20 September in Geneva as the result of the second circle of the Universal Periodic Review.
Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) has urged Azerbaijani authorities to end their crackdown on freedom of expression, following the arrest of Parviz Hashimli, an opposition journalist and rights activist in a raid by security forces.
Ahead of Sunday’s International Day of Democracy, Ambassador Janez Lenarčič, the Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), called on participating States to ensure the protection of human rights defenders.
Human Rights Club of Azerbaijan and the Polish Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights have the honour to present and to distribute the legal opinion on presidential elections in Azerbaijan.
On the 138th anniversary of the National Press, the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) stands united with Azerbaijani journalists, bloggers and social media activists who work around the clock to report the truth, despite threats of imprisonment, violence and even death.
ARTICLE 19 launched a new issue of Artist Alert that summarises instances of censorship of works of art.
“The legislation regulating NGOs activities in Russia may impede the legitimate exercise of two fundamental human rights, such as freedom of expression and association"
Article 19, English PEN, Index on Censorship and Open Rights Group sent an open letter to Sarah Ludford MEP, a shadow rapportuer on the European Parliament’s data protection dossier, calling to support "the privacy rights of EU citizens".
Mass surveillance of citizens’ private communications is unacceptable; whistle-blowers and journalists should be protected.
Just three months before Azerbaijan’s presidential election, the major candidates have unleashed a war on their critics, in one instance calling them “traitors, betrayers and slave-minded people” and “provocateurs” who should be “hit in the mouth”, the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) says.
Russian civil society is today under unprecedented pressure from the side of Russian state agencies. The European Union must set a clear signal of solidarity with Russia’s emerging civil society, says a policy paper released by EU-Russia Civil Society Forum.
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