Reporters without Frontiers condemn new Belarusian law forcing Internet-café owners to turn in customers
More detail on this outrageous law attempting to stifle one of the last possibilities for Belarusians to exercise their right to freedom of expression
Ukrainian and Uzbekistan Authorities – crimes unpunished
Those responsible for the shameful deportation of eleven Uzbek asylum seekers from Ukraine remain unpunished, while in Uzbekistan the repression continues
The Taras Zelenyak case is, unfortunately, continuing
The prosecutor has presented the list of expressions allegedly used by Zelenyak, though has not seemingly heeded the other criticisms of the Judge in November – that the prosecution has not specified the aims and motives of the “offence”, nor proven its public nature. However the plan seems to be to get a new judge …
On this Belarusian Solidarity Day say NO TO INTERNET TOTALITARIANISM
The Belarusian authorities want to force Internet cafes to collude with them in spying on their citizens. Help break down such senseless tyranny by swamping Big Brother. Publish information about Belarusian political repression on every website and forum you can!
Committee to Protect Journalists demands the release of Umida Niyazova
International organizations monitoring press freedom have called on the Uzbek authorities to release independent journalist and human rights researcher who has been arrested and charged with “illegal border crossing” and “smuggling of subversive literature”
Belarusians to have their use of the Internet restricted
Latest encroachment on freedom in Belarus: those using Internet cafes will have the sites they visited recorded, with this information available on demand by the security and enforcement agencies
Russian journalist could receive “ordinary refugee status” in Ukraine
Russian journalist Alexander Kosvintsev, who has asked for political asylum in Ukraine, may receive ordinary refugee status, although admittedly with the wording “for political convictions”. This is since Ukrainian legislation does not have the status “political refugee”.
Human rights defenders declare figures in YUKOS case victims of political repression
Russian human rights defenders have declared Mikhail Khodorkovsky and all those involved in the YUKOS case victims of political repression. Chair of the Moscow Helsinki Group, Ludmila Alexeeva, says that from now on Russian human rights defenders will themselves determine which Russian prisoners are victims of political repression.
Russian journalist in Lviv has asked for political asylum
Regional correspondent for the newspaper “Novaya gazeta”* in the Kemerovsk region, Alexander Kosvintsev, fled his home after accusations from the law enforcement agencies which he says were prompted by his journalist work
Belarusian Helsinki Committee gets a years reprieve
The Belarusian authorities have extended the Committees lease which means that it no longer faces closure. The Committees Chair believes that support from the EU and USA was instrumental in this change of heart by the authorities
EU issues Statement on the Belarus Helsinki Committee
The Belarusian authorities have now ordered the Committee to vacate their offices in the latest attack on this independent human rights organization
Yevgeny Kiselyov: “Ukrainian journalism is ahead of Russian”
The prominent Russian journalist believes that the level of journalism in Ukraine is unequivocally higher than in Russia. He says that at present Russian journalism, in particular that on television, is deteriorating, and turning into propaganda
Russian Government Rejects Registration of Russian Justice Initiative for Second Time
The refusal comes just one day after the European Court of Human Rights found Russia guilty of torturing two Chechens in custody. RJI represented the applicants in the case, the first torture case from Chechnya to be heard by the European Court
Russian – Chechen Friendship Society intends to continue its human rights work
If the present Russian authorities believe that they can force us to give up, they are mistaken. We hereby notify that in Finland on 25 January the civic organization “Russian – Chechen Friendship Society in Europe” was registered. This organization is the successor of the Russian – Chechen Friendship Society, which was closed down yesterday in Russia
Next step – Strasbourg
The Russian Supreme Court has upheld the decision to close down the Russian – Chechen Friendship Society
Nobel Peace Laureate defends the Russian – Chechen Friendship Society
In his letter to Vladimir Putin, Elie Wiesel expresses serious concern over the rise in authoritarian trends in Russia reflected in the possible closure of the Russian – Chechen Friendship Society, the murder of Anna Politkovskaya and the worsening situation in Chechnya.
Human rights defender arrested in Uzbekistan
Gulbakhor Turaeva witnessed the bloody events in Andijon in May 2005 and was one of the few who reported what she had seen to western correspondents
The opposition was not visible at the Belarusian local elections
Elections reminiscent to those of Soviet times and despondency and disunity among the Belarusian opposition as the 16th of the month approaches - Belarusian Solidarity Day.
EU: the Belarusian elections were not democratic
One of the heads of the European Commission Benita Ferrera-Valdner spoke of a flagrant lack of “democratic pluralism”
The Turkmenistan opposition grateful to Uzbek human rights defenders for their support
The Alliance “Human Rights Defenders of Uzbekistan” has accused the Turkmenistan Security Service of involvement in the disappearance of Nurberdi Nurmamedov who has disappeared after attempts by the Unioon of Democratic Forces to put him forward as candidate for the coming elections.