Human rights defenders approach the Council of Europe over the beating up of demonstrators in St Petersburg on 3 March
They are asking that the Council of Europe look into the flagrant violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms during the events in St Petersburg on 3 March 2007. These violations particularly concerned freedom of peaceful assembly and security of person
Belarusian Spring begins in Kyiv
A festival is to take place from14-25 March in Kyiv entitled “Belarusian Spring” and is timed to coincide with the anniversary of “Belarusian Maidan” [the mass protest on October Square in Minsk after the presidential elections]
Sutyagin played in a punishment cell for three months
The Russian scientist Igor Sutyagin, recognized a political prisoner by Amnesty International, has been transferred to the camp punishment cell [SHIZO] for three months
Tightening the screws
As feared, a Russian court has ordered the transfer to a harsher regime colony of Mikhail Trepashkin, believed by many to be serving a four-year service for his efforts to uncover the real culprits of the 1999 apartment block bombings in Moscow.
Defend Lawyer Mikhail Trepashkin!
Mikhail Trepashkin, Russian lawyer serving a sentence on trumped up and absurd charges, pressed after his investigation into the apartment bombings in 1999 in Moscow, needs the attention of the world. Every political prisoner ignored convinces the Russian authorities that they can act with impunity!
Human rights and journalist organizations step up campaign to stop criminal prosecution of journalists and call for release of journalist Umida Niyazova
Her arrest signals that Uzbekistan has become more sophisticated at silencing journalists and public activists, the joint statement by the 14 groups said. It cited several criminal prosecutions of journalists and human rights activists in the past year.
The “Ivanovo Uzbeks” are to be released
After more than 18 months in custody under threat of being extradited to Uzbekistan on trumped up charges of being involved in the uprising in Andijon, the “Ivanovo Uzbeks” are to be released, although the Russian Prosecutor Generals extradition order, halted by Strasbourg, remains in force
Belarusian women picket Embassy of Belarus in Kyiv
The Belarusians have specially arrived from Minsk in order to draw attention to the lack of access to justice in their own country
To those defending Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Platon Lebedev and other political prisoners
When arbitrary rule reigns in the country, when a managed “justice system” is used as a baton for reprisals, and when the law becomes mere decoration, each courtroom where a political trial is underway turns into a fight for truth and justice. Often this battle is unequal, but this is all the more reason to express our solidarity with those who defend victims of political persecution.
Belarusian women are coming to Kyiv to be heard
Having lost faith in achieving justice and adherence to the law in Belarus, they have decided to turn for support to the international community. On the eve of Lukashenkos visit to Ukraine, the women are hoping to draw attention to violations of human rights in Belarus.
Council of Europes Human Rights Commissioner: Remand prisoners are being tortured in Chechnya
Thomas Hammerberg said that he had become convinced that people were being tortured to force them to sign confessions to crimes they didnt commit, and stressed that this was an “entire system, and not just isolated cases”
USA imposes sanctions against six more Belarusian officials
The individuals against whom the personal sanctions have been imposed include the Prosecutor General Pyotr Milashevich and the Minister of Information Vladimir Rusakevich whom Washington considers implicated in the undermining of democracy in Belarus
Is the remand in custody of the “Ivanovo Uzbeks” to become indefinite?
The “Ivanovo Uzbeks” have been in custody for more than 18 months now. In a week the Russian Government is due to explain to the European Court of Human Rights how it ensures (or doesnt) adherence to regulations on remand in custody.
The Russian Prosecutor Generals takes a sudden (and urgent!) interest in “Memorial”s finances specifically over a book about applying to Strasbourg
As a method of dealing with the thousands of applications by Russian nationals forced to seek justice at the European Court of Human Rights, this would hardly seem the most constructive …
Chechnya is today remembering victims of Stalins deportation
Chechens are today, 23 February, honouring the memory of those who died as a result of the deportation of the entire Chechen and Ingush population in 1944. Ceremonies have been taking place throughout the day in mosques and in all populated areas of Chechnya.
Russian journalist Alexander Kosvintsev has been told that he is to receive refugee status.
Kosvintsev, regional correspondent for the newspaper “Novaya gazeta”* in the Kemerovsk region (Russian Federation) asked for political asylum in Ukraine on 6 February
Crimean journalists have Luzhkov to thank for a taste of “freedom of speech in Russian”
A disagreement today between Crimean journalists and the press service of Moscows Mayor Yury Luzhkov over what questions could or couldnt be asked reminded many journalists of a style they have (thankfully) become unaccustomed to
Poland calls on Belarus to free all political prisoners
The higher chambers of the Polish Sejm have unanimously passed a resolution calling on the Belarusian authorities to immediately release all political prisoners. The resolution states that in todays world a person must not be tried for being a member of an opposition party
Lawyers defending Khodorkovsky and Lebedev slam political charges
"These charges are so ludicrous that nobody can be left with any doubt about the political nature of the claims against our clients"