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Turkey: Blocking of Istanbul Pride March the latest blow to right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly

For a third year running, authorities in Istanbul banned, on spurious grounds, the Istanbul Pride March, historically the biggest event held by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) people and supporters in Turkey. Yesterday police used excessive and unnecessary force against people attempting to march peacefully despite the ban. The event, which had been successfully held annually for over a decade and which attracted tens of thousands of participants, was once held up by the authorities as an example of their respect for rights.

Date:
26 June 2017
Ref:
EUR 44/6602/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Hungary: Further information: President approves law targeting NGOs

President Janos Ader has signed a law targeting Hungarian NGOs which receive funding from abroad, on the grounds that they may represent “foreign interests. Once the law takes effect, it will be a new tool to discredit and intimidate NGOs and undermine their capacity to protect human rights and provide valuable services to Hungarian people.

Date:
16 June 2017
Ref:
EUR 27/6533/2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Hungary: Appeal Court orders retrial of man convicted of ‘terrorism’ for throwing stones

Hungary: Appeal Court orders retrial of man convicted of ‘terrorism’ for throwing stones Following a decision by a Hungarian appeal court to order a retrial in the case against Ahmed H, a Syrian man sentenced to 10 years in prison for committing an “act of terror” during clashes with border guards at the Serbia-Hungary border, Todor Gardos, Amnesty International’s Hungary researcher said: “This is an important step on the path to justice for a man whose absurd conviction was based on the blatant misuse of terrorism provisions.

Date:
15 June 2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Hungary: We will not be intimidated

“Even though I’d braced myself for the news, today’s result still sent a jolt through me like electricity,” , director of Amnesty International Hungary, told me yestderday. “Hard won freedoms will be lost and the vital work done by NGO’s to create a freer and fairer society will be seriously hampered by Orbán’s bullying politics. ” As director of an organization that will itself be affected by the new NGO law was passed yesterday, she should know.

Date:
14 June 2017
  • Research
  • Belarus
  • Death Penalty

Belarus: The Human Rights Council must renew the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Belarus

Amnesty International deplores the sharp rise in death sentences and executions in Belarus and the continued violation of the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly, association and expression. The detention of hundreds of peaceful protestors across the country in March and April this year, with multiple reports of excessive use of police force, was extreme even by Belarusian standards. In such a context, it is imperative that the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Belarus is extended and that the Belarusian authorities grant full access to the country.

Date:
14 June 2017
Ref:
EUR 49/6512/2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Hungary: NGO law a vicious and calculated assault on civil society

The passing of a law stigmatising non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that receive foreign funding is the latest in an escalating crackdown on critical voices and will hamper critically important work by civil society groups, said Amnesty international. The Law on the transparency of organizations funded from abroad will force NGOs receiving more than 24,000 EUR direct or indirect funding from abroad to re-register as “civic organization funded from abroad” and to put this pejorative label on every publication.

Date:
13 June 2017
  • Research
  • Turkey
  • UN

Turkey: Deterioration Of Human Rights Must Be Addressed By The United Nations Human Rights Council

Amnesty International written statement to the 35th session of the UN Human Rights Council (6 - 23 June 2017). Almost a year since the coup attempt of July 2016, human rights enjoyment is under attack in Turkey. While the deterioration of the human rights situation in Turkey is not new, the scale of the current crackdown and its impact have been described as unprecedented by Amnesty International and other domestic and international organizations.

Date:
6 June 2017
Ref:
IOR 40/6434/2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

France: Unchecked clampdown on protests under guise of fighting terrorism

Powers designed to combat terrorism have been repeatedly misused to curb peaceful protest, a new report from Amnesty International has found. A right not a threat: Disproportionate restrictions on demonstrations under the State of Emergency in France reveals that hundreds of unjustified measures restricting freedom of movement and the right to peaceful assembly have been issued under the guise of countering terrorism.

Date:
31 May 2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Georgia/Azerbaijan: Exiled Azerbaijani journalist at risk of torture after cross-border abduction

An Azerbaijani investigative journalist who vanished yesterday evening from Tbilisi, Georgia, is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment after resurfacing today in custody across the border in Baku, Azerbaijan after what he described to his lawyer as a harrowing cross-border abduction, Amnesty International said. Afgan Mukhtarli, whose wife reported him missing yesterday evening (29 May), is now known to be in the custody of the Investigative Unit of the State Border Service of Azerbaijan, according to local activists and his lawyer.

Date:
30 May 2017
  • Research
  • Russian Federation
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Russian Federation: Ban on Jehovah’s Witnesses is an assault on Freedom of Assembly and Conscience

On 20 April the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation banned Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia on the grounds that they are an extremist organization. This means that the Administrative Centre and all 395 regional organisations of Jehovah’s Witnesses are subject to liquidation, and their property can now be seized by the state. Those who continue to manifest their faith as Jehovah’s Witnesses including participating in worship, leading religious activities, recruiting others or fundraising despite the ban will be liable to criminal prosecution and can face imprisonment for up to 12 years.

Date:
11 May 2017
Ref:
EUR 46/6229/2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Turkey’s journalists are under siege. You can help them like you helped us

In prison, one of the greatest challenges is psychological. Even though conditions can be terrible, as long as you have basic nutrition, clean water and shelter you can physically survive. But it is the sense of hopelessness and isolation that can be mentally crippling, and even fatal. So when we learned, several months after our arrest, that a global campaign had been launched to free us, it made all the difference in the world.

Date:
3 May 2017
  • Research
  • Turkey
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Turkey: Journalism is not a crime: Crackdown on media freedom in Turkey

Freedom of expression in Turkey is under sustained and increasing attack. Since the failed coup attempt in July 2016, academics, journalists and writers who criticize the government risk criminal investigation and prosecution, intimidation, harassment and censorship. The severity of the Turkish government’s repression of the media is such that it has been described by some as the “death of journalism”.

Date:
3 May 2017
Ref:
EUR 44/6055/2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Turkey: 250,000 demand release of jailed journalists

Top journalists, cartoonists and world-renowned artists have joined a campaign to demand the release of more than 120 journalists jailed in Turkey following last summer’s coup attempt and an end to the ruthless crackdown on freedom of expression in the country. The campaign, which has attracted 250,000 supporters since February, will see protests in cities around the world timed to coincide with World Press Freedom Day and the publication of an Amnesty International briefing, Journalism is not a crime: Crackdown on media freedom.

Date:
3 May 2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Cartoonists and journalists jailed in Turkey need our help

Since the attack at Charlie Hebdo magazine’s office in Paris in January 2015 cartoonists have in many ways become emblematic of the struggle to defend the inalienable right to freedom of expression. Cartoonists’ stock in trade is to satirize, mock and even to insult the ideas and values of others. As such, they will be among the first to feel the ire of those parts of society who are most sensitive, sometimes with good reason, as might be the case with minority groups.

Date:
2 May 2017