• Apr 14, 2014
    The Kazakh government should annul a decree implementing legislation that imposes excessive restrictions on freedom of speech and association during states of emergency. The government should also amend the underlying state of emergency law.
    Press release
  • Apr 13, 2014
    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.
    Press release
  • Apr 11, 2014
    Kosovo’s parliament should approve the establishment of a special court located abroad to try alleged war crimes and other serious crimes committed during and after the 1998-1999 Kosovo war. The parliament should also agree to extend the mandate of the European Union Rule of Law Mission (EULEX) and allow it to continue investigating and prosecuting serious and politically sensitive crimes in Kosovo.
    Press release
  • Apr 9, 2014
    A law passed by the Ukrainian parliament on April 8, 2014, violates guarantees of judicial independence and should be set aside.
    Press release
  • Apr 8, 2014
    Russia’s Constitutional Court has upheld the controversial “foreign agents” law. The law has been the centerpiece of the government’s near two-year crackdown on independent groups.
    Press release
  • Apr 8, 2014
    France detains as many as 500 children who arrive in the country alone each year in transit zones at the borders, where they are denied the protection and due process rights afforded other unaccompanied children on French territory. Any unaccompanied child who arrives in France should be admitted to the country and provided with shelter and care while their immigration claims are decided.
    Press release
  • Apr 7, 2014
    Russian authorities should immediately free Ruslan Kutaev, the head of an independent Chechen group. Kutaev was arrested on February 20, 2014, on politically motivated drug charges. Russian authorities should drop the charges against him and ensure that the investigation into allegations that police tortured him is effective.
    Press release
  • Apr 6, 2014
    The Kyrgyz authorities should immediately halt the recent backsliding on human rights and take steps to protect freedom of speech, association, and assembly. On April 8, 2014, Kyrgyzstan’s human rights record will come under scrutiny during the annual EU-Kyrgyzstan human rights dialogue, as well as by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), which will decide whether to grant Kyrgyzstan “partnership for democracy” status.
    Press release
  • Apr 2, 2014
    On April 2, the Pervomayskiy District Court of Krasnodar convicted Mikhail Savva for fraud and sentenced him to three years in prison and a fine of 70,000 rubles (US$1,945). The court suspended the prison sentence subject to a two-year probation period. Savva was released in the courtroom, having spent over seven months in pre-trial custody and another four months under house arrest. Savva’s lawyer told Human Rights Watch that they plan to appeal the verdict.
    Press release
  • Apr 1, 2014
    Russia’s State Duma should drop proposed amendments that would further restrict the law on public gatherings. The draconian amendments and other recent pernicious legislative initiatives to suppress critics of the government take Russia even farther astray from its international human rights obligations.
    Press release