Parliament should reject restrictive draft laws that would endanger freedom of association and expression in Kyrgyzstan. A draft “foreign agents” law would require domestic nongovernmental organizations in Kyrgyzstan that receive foreign funding and engage in vaguely worded “political activities” to register as “foreign agents.”
Fear of detention and deportation prevent many undocumented migrants from reporting attacks. As Human Rights Watch has documented, many other victims don’t report attacks to the police because of lack of trust.
Russian authorities have transferred an activist in the southern city of Krasnodar to house arrest but should drop the politically motivated charges against him. Mikhail Savva, a civic activist and academic who had been jailed since April 2013 before his transfer on December 4, is on trial for fraud.
As the 100-day countdown to the 2014 Winter Paralympics begins, there is a dwindling window of opportunity to hold the Russian government to its commitment to establish social integration in the city. In late 2013, months before the Paralympic Games begin, much of Sochi remains an obstacle course for people with disabilities.
Riot police have used excessive force during the current demonstrations in Ukraine, based on accounts from witnesses. Witnesses described police attacks on people who were not using violence, including journalists and the elderly, during the protests in Kiev.
Members of Greece’s parliament should include measures to combat racist and xenophobic violence in a draft anti-racism law. The bill, introduced in parliament by Justice Minister Haralampos Athanassiou on November 20, 2013, would impose sanctions for hate speech and incitement to violence but fails to address problems in existing Greek law and practice with respect to reporting and prosecuting racist violence.