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01 October 2012

Another Azerbaijani youth activist has been detained as part of a post-Eurovision crackdown on dissent.

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20 September 2012

Belarusian authorities are attempting to suppress opposition voices ahead of upcoming elections.

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17 August 2012

A Russian court's decision today to jail members of the punk rock protest band Pussy Riot is a bitter blow for freedom of expression in the country.

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25 July 2012

Members of the band will stay in pre-trial custody for six more months after singing a protest song in Moscow’s main Orthodox church in February.

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24 July 2012

A Belarus photographer faces seven years in prison after posting pictures of a pro-free speech stunt involving teddy bears

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20 July 2012

Members of the Russian punk band 'Pussy Riot' have been jailed for six more months after performing an anti-Putin protest song in a church.

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14 July 2012

Authorities urged to end impunity for the murder of human rights activists in the North Caucasus, three years after the killing of Natalia Estemirova.

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13 July 2012

A bill that could stifle critical voices in Russia by restricting the independence of NGOs has been approved by the Duma.

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26 June 2012

The release of nine Azerbaijani prisoners of conscience is a smokescreen to mask an ongoing crackdown on free expression in the country.

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13 June 2012

In Azerbaijan, there has been a worrying rise in police harassment of young activists who participated in protests around Eurovision.

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07 June 2012

Russian parliament adopts a bill that hikes up fines for protesters taking part in unsanctioned rallies.

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28 May 2012

Police in the Russian capital stopped an attempted Pride and detained dozens, including the event's organizers.

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24 May 2012

Amnesty International releases its flagship yearly report documenting the state of the world's human rights.

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22 May 2012

Eurovision organizers have remained silent on the Azerbaijani authorities' fresh wave of human rights violations ahead of the song contest in Baku.

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20 May 2012

Police in Kyiv failed to stop ultra-right hooligans from putting LGBT activists at risk and marring the city's first-ever Pride parade.

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18 May 2012

A spate of attacks on LGBTI activists points to endemic discrimination that needs to be dealt with in South Caucasus countries.

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16 May 2012

Azerbaijani prisoners of conscience have launched a hunger strike in the run-up to the Eurovision in Baku.

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14 May 2012

Just weeks before Azerbaijan hosts the Eurovision song contest, police have violently broken up two peaceful protests in the capital.

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04 May 2012

Under repressive new laws in St Petersburg, a prominent LGBTI rights activist has been fined for spreading "gay propaganda".

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03 May 2012

Azerbaijani campaigner Emin Milli tells Amnesty International how his blogs revealing government abuse landed him in jail for 16 months.

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