EU appoints a new Special Representative

Today, the Council appointed Eamon Gilmore as EU Special Representative for Human Rights. Mr Gilmore will replace Stavros Lambrinidis, who was appointed in 2012 the first EU Special Representative. Mr Gilmore will take up his duties on 1 March 2019 and has been appointed initially for two years.  The tasks of the Special Representative for Human Rights…

In Azerbaijan, big brother is watching you everywhere: offline, online, on mobile devices and social media apps

Article by Arzu Geybulla On January 7th 2019,VirtualRoad, the secure hosting project of the Qurium – Media Foundation published[1] a report documenting fresh attacks against Azerbaijan’s oldest opposition newspaper Azadliq’s website (azadliq.info). The report concluded: “After ten months trying to keep azadliq.info online inside Azerbaijan using our Bifrost service[2] and bypassing multi-million dollars DPI deployments,…

Azerbaijan: co-rapporteurs call upon authorities to review Mehman Huseynov’s case

The co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the monitoring of Azerbaijan, Sir Roger Gale (United Kingdom, EC) and Stefan Schennach (Austria, SOC) have expressed their deep concern at the new charges brought against an anti-corruption Azerbaijani blogger and Chairman of the Institute for Reporters` Freedom and Safety (IRFS), Mehman…

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…

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…