HRC40 | Stifling civil society in the name of national security does not pay off, says Special Rapporteur

Wake up to the adverse effect counter-terrorism and security matrices and measures are having on civil society, says an independent human rights expert in a new report to the UN’s Human Rights Council.  Silencing civil society is counter-productive; it puts national security at risk.  In a hard-hitting new report, the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental…

NEW CHARGES AGAINST AZERBAIJANI BLOGGER MEHMAN HUSEYNOV, NOW ON HUNGER STRIKE, A CRUEL PUNISHMENT FOR INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM

New criminal charges brought against the imprisoned reporter and blogger Mehman Huseynov just weeks before his release date are a cruel step by Azerbaijani authorities to punish him for his critical journalism, PEN America said in a statement today.  Huseynov, a popular Azerbaijani blogger and journalist known for his hard-hitting exposés of alleged corruption by…

Civil society members made a declaration about Mehman Huseynov

Statement of Azerbaijani National Platform of  Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum Baku, 02 January, 2019 We, the undersigining members of Azerbaijan National Platform of  the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum condemn the new criminal case initiated by the penitentiary against the imprisoned blogger Mehman Huseynov on the article 315.2 (Resistance or application of violence concerning…

Shrinking space for civil society in the OSCE hits a new low at the Ministerial Council Meeting in Milano

Statement by the Coordination Committee of the Civic Solidarity Platform We, members of the Coordination Committee of the Civic Solidarity Platform (CSP) and other civil society representatives, are shocked by the exclusion of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from attending the opening and closing sessions of the OSCE Ministerial Council Meeting (MC) in the plenary hall as well as…

OPEN LETTER FROM NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS IN SUPPORT OF A TARGETED, GLOBAL EU HUMAN RIGHTS SANCTIONS REGIME

December 05, 2018 Dear Ministers of Foreign Affairs, We, the 90 undersigned organizations dedicated to the promotion of universal human rights and/or the fight against corruption, write to voice our strong support for the Foreign Affairs Council to initiate a process aimed at establishing an EU-wide program for the imposition of targeted sanctions on individuals…