Reports and releases

As a member of the Council of Europe, Republic of Azerbaijan has committed to respect basic freedoms, human rights and democracy. In spite of this commitment, human rights violations continue to be numerous and widespread and occur on a systematic basis.
The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatović, expressed concern today over the new initiative in the Russian State Duma to criminalize speech which sheds a negative light on the role of the Soviet Army in World War II.
The internet’s rapid spread has opened up a wide range of debates, nationally and internationally, around freedom of expression online.
21 member organisations of the Civic Solidarity Platform signed a joint letter to Herman Van Rompuy and José Manuel Barroso with a request to raise human rights issues during their meeting with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in Brussels.  
The Steering Committee of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum (CSF) is disappointed about the insignificant progress made at the last EU-Russia Summit in Yekaterinburg on 3-4 June
Statement by Yuri Dzhibladze at the 23rd session of the UN Human Rights Council during interactive dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Belarus.
President Aliyev’s signing the draconian amendments to the Criminal Code that make defamation over the Internet a criminal offense represent a major blow to freedom of expression in the already tightly controlled environment.
On the eve of Ukraine’s Journalist Day, 6 June, 40 human rights organizations have issued a statement expressing concern over the escalating assault on freedom of expression and reduction of other fundamental freedoms in Ukraine.<
ARTICLE 19 calls on the State Duma of the Russian Federation to reject the Draft Law Amending the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation and Some Legal Acts of the Russian Federation Aimed at Countering Insult of Religious Beliefs and Feelings of Citizens, Desecration of Religious Objects and Subjects of Worship (Pilgrimage) and Sites of Religi
The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) is disappointed that more than fifty U.S.
The reform of Azerbaijan’s ‘chilling’ defamation laws to prevent authorities from silencing their critics risks being derailed
The International Partnership Group for Azerbaijan (IPGA) strongly condemns a series of repressive legislative amendments that Azerbaijan’s National Assembly (Milli Majlis) adopted on 14 May 2013.
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