Imprisonment in many penal facilities of Belarus is a form of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. This is one of the main conclusions of monitoring of prison conditions in the country conducted by the Human Rights Centre Viasna.
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Three United Nations independent human rights experts today expressed serious concern at the “obstructive, intimidating and stigmatizing effects” brought about by the current implementation in the Russian Federation of the law on ‘non-commercial organizations’ (NCOs), adopted on 21 November 2012 by the Duma.
A group of Azerbaijani non-governmental organizations issued a statement on recent plans of the government of the country to toughen punishment for several administrative offences.
"The state of international religious freedom is increasingly dire due to the presence of forces that fuel instability."
A review of Uzbekistan by the UN Human Rights Council ended with the adoption of an outcome report containing a set of recommendations in Geneva.
The human rights situation in Belarus remained consistently negative in 2012. The lack of progress concerning the release of political prisoners and the continuation of human rights violations were the main cause of self-isolation of the country.
International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and its Belarusian member organization, Human Rights Center Viasna, are outraged at the large-scale and systematic acts of repression being inflicted upon both political prisoners and individuals whose freedom has been restricted for political reasons.
Azerbaijan: The international community must ask for the release of prisoners targeted for exercising their right to freedom of expression and association
The International Partnership Group for Azerbaijan (IPGA), the Civic Solidarity Platform and local organisations condemn the latest crackdown on freedom of expression and association in Azerbaijan.
26 human rights groups, including many members of the Civic Solidarity Platform have appealed to the Ukrainian government to live up to its OSCE chairmanship role and refrain from extraditing former Tajik prime minister Abdumalik Abdullajanov, who was arrested in Kiev last week and is wanted by the Tajik authorities.
Hungary was until recently seen as one of the most successful new democracies. However democratic standards have in a short period of time deteriorated in a degree that few thought was possible.
Azerbaijan: Adoption of Council of Europe resolutions is essential for human rights protection and democratic progress
The International Partnership Group, coordinated by ARTICLE 19, along with Amnesty International, several Azerbaijani NGOs and other international organisations urge the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to make a strong call for Azerbaijan to improve its deteriorating human rights record.
The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) strongly condemns the deliberate and calculated attack on the media and rights defenders during January 12th public protest over the deaths of young conscripts in the Azerbaijani army and calls on the government to take action against police officers who assaulted rights defenders and journa
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